Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) is one of the oldest IT departments in Sweden and the largest department at Stockholm University with around 6 000 students. The discipline of computer and systems sciences bridges the gap between technology and the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. The use and design of IT is put in context in relation to people, organizations, and society. DSV offers a stimulating research environment in an international setting.

Project description
The postdoctoral position is situated in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a focus on children’s perspective of the environment and digitalization. The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Airi Lampinen at Stockholm University as well as in close collaboration with Associate Professor Meike Schalk at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The project centers on new roles of digitalization to care for multi-species relations within a damaged environment. In particular, the project is oriented towards children in their development of values and ethics. In this project, we will draw upon a feminist ethics of care and more-than-human theories of collaborative survival. The research activities will be situated within the field of interaction design and include workshops, concept-development, prototyping, and feedback-sessions.

The position involves research-through design, development of theoretical understandings, and eventual prototyping. The overall goal is to develop better understandings of children’s perspective of the environment and the roles of digitalization in them.

Main responsibilities
We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a background in Human–Computer Interaction and/or Interaction Design with experience in research-through-design methods, including first-person methods, along with competence in pursuing empirical and designerly research in intimate and sensitive settings.

The research will be interdisciplinary in nature and it will draw upon links between Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), architecture, and relevant social sciences. The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow will include both empirical and design work related to children’s perspective of the environment and digitalization.

This project is situated in a multidisciplinary HCI research group with extensive international collaborations. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to present their work in international venues and journals, and to collaborate with colleagues both at Stockholm University and KTH.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

The candidates must have successfully passed Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Digital Futures postdoc fellowships evaluation process in spring 2022.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. The following criteria will be used for assessing candidates:

  • Research expertise: A track record demonstrating excellence in research-through-design methods for human–computer interaction, in particular as applied to intimate and sensitive settings
  • Independence: Ability to formulate own original research ideas and conduct research independently in the fields of HCI and Interaction Design. Publications that build on research-through-design and first-person methods are a must.
  • Collaborative abilities: Ability to work as a part of team, and evidence of active involvement in collaborative research projects.
  • Communication abilities: Ability to fluently communicate research ideas and results. This should include both written outputs and presentations at top conference venues.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality and children’s perspectives.

Preferred qualifications

  • Teaching abilities, in particular experience of supervising student work.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2022-10-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Associate Professor Airi Lampinen, telephone: +46 73 280 76 06,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 15/08/2022


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