PhD fellowship in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
The Department of Computer Science, Human Centered Design Section invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Artistic explorations & Design for the Future of hybrid work. The project is part of the research project “ReWork”, which is financed by the Innovation fund Denmark under DIREC.
Start date is (expected to be) 1.8.2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Working remotely, and in hybrid work arrangements, is the future. ReWork focus on developing the “Futures of Hybrid Work”, where we will design and develop artefacts and processes to support organizations in exploring and preparing for successful collaboration in the future. Examples of investigations includes the role and representation of embodiment, artefact interaction, and physical surroundings in a digital/analog setting of hybrid cooperative work.
This PhD will utilize research-through-design strategies to explore how we can bring together artistic explorations and industrial insights to inform the design ofuture technologies supporting hybrid work practices. In particular, the PhD fellow will work closely together with ReWork artistic- and industry- partners in setting up and organizing several artist/industry workshops creating a creative space to challenge the future of hybrid work.
The PhD fellow is expected to thrive and contribute to a highly cooperative research environments across universities, PIs, and other PhD fellows in the ReWork project hired at ITU, Århus University, and RUC. See also https://direc.dk/rework-the-futures-of-hybrid-work/
Who are we looking for?
Applicants should hold an MSc, MA or MFA degree in a relevant area with good results and good English skills. A multidisciplinary background that spans Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), artistic practices, and Research-through-design background is preferred. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), documentation of creative technological output (if any) and experience with artist’s residency addressing relevant topics (if any).
Our group and research- and what do we offer?
The position will be within the Human Centered Computing section (HCC). We are a highly interdisciplinary group that conducts research within the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing and related fields. Our section aspires to be a top research environment that bridges technology, theory, and empirical studies. We regularly publish at top ACM conferences such as CHI, CSCW, UIST, and UBICOM and HCI journals such as TOCHI, JCSCW and HCI. We also publish in interdisciplinary venues such as the Big Data & Society journal as well as across venues in humanities and social sciences.
The PhD position will be part of the DIREC research project ReWork which includes University of Copenhagen (Pernille Bjørn, Irina Shklovski, Naja Holten Møller) IT University of Copenhagen (Louise Barkhuus), Århus University (Eve Hoggan, Susanne Bødker), and Roskilde University (Nina Boulus-Rødje) – and will be situated in the Human Centred Computing section but with collaborations with researchers from the Software, Data, People & Society section. The PhD position offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative engagement across artists and industry.
Principal supervisors are Professor Pernille Bjørn and Professor Irina Shklovski, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, contact information: [email protected], +45 53414552.
Principal supervisors are Professor Pernille Bjørn and Professor Irina Shklovski, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, contact information: [email protected], +45 53414552
The PhD programme
Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:
Option A: A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.
Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.
Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme
Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. MSc, MA or MFA degree. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.
Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.
Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.
The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme
Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme
If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.
Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Computer Science.
Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.
The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.
Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of 150 working hours per year.
A PhD grant portion is currently (2022) DKK 6.397 before tax.
When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes
- Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme
(ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)
- Carry through an independent research project under supervision
- Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
- Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
- Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
- Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
- Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
We are looking for the following qualifications:
- Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
- Relevant publications
- Relevant work experience
- Other relevant professional activities
- Curious mind-set with a strong interest in collaborating closely with artists as design method
- Good language skills.
Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW.
- Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
- Statement of purpose including a research question and the main goals of the proposed project and detailing your motivation and background for applying
- Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
- Original diploma for Masters program (MSc, MA or MFA degree) transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
- Publication list (if possible)
- Reference letters (if available)
Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant. The recruiting person must NOT obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant. This is against Danish law.
The Department of Computer Science is dedicated to the effort of creating a diverse work environment and wishes that our staff reflects the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 May 2022 2022, 23:59 GMT +2.
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.
The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.
The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 24/25.
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Pernille Bjørn, Department of Computer Science, [email protected]
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.
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