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Job description

The goal of these positions is to utilize ‘research through design’ approaches to explore new interactions and opportunities for digital women’s health.  The research will be situated within HCI, feminism, and design. The postdocs will be expected to undertake deep design explorations of key transitions in women’s lives (including non-binary). This could include menarche, pregnancy, and menopause. The research will primarily be conducted through the design of artifacts and their critical evaluation ‘in situ’.

The postholders will work with Madeline Balaam as a mentor and will be situated within the Interaction Design Team, who work on a range of topics and subjects at MID, including soma-design.

The positions are mainly research positions, with a small fraction of departmental duties (e.g. teaching). These postdoctoral positions are a full-time employed position for one year. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally, we would like the successful candidates to start in January 2019.  The successful candidates will be expected to conduct research at 75% and teaching at 25% of their employment.  



  • Completed or close to completion of a doctoral degree in an HCI-related subject

Previous experience: 

  • Experience in using ‘Research through Design’ approaches in HCI research
  • Confidence and expertise instantiating design ideas into prototypes, and comfort working with a wide-range of materials and technologies
  • Experience using a range of qualitative methods to analyze data collected through deployments
  • Wide-ranging and critical engagement with literature to support design processes and production of literature reviews
  • Publications and presentations at top-tier HCI venues including CHI, DIS, CSCW, ToCHI 

Experience writing research grant proposals and experience of quantitative analysis would be beneficial.  

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Experienced and comfortable in creative processes and ideation
  • Experienced, or is willing to work on sensitive and taboo topics, and undertake work appropriately within this space
  • Has the ability to collaborate with others on projects as well as to work independently where necessary
  • Has good time management and an ability to set and keep to internal and external deadlines

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 2019, or in agreement with supervisor
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2018-1351
  • Professor Henrik Artman, artman@kth.se
  • Associate Professor Madeline Balaam, balaam@kth.se
  • HR Officer Sarah Kullgren, sarahku@kth.se
Published 21.Jun.2018
Last application date 31.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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