Postdoc Position in Ethnography and Design Research (Sweden) Deadline: Aug 15, 2019

Halmstad University

Application Deadline

August 25, 2019

Program Commencement

November 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

Not Specified

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Program Details

The School of Information Technology at the Halmstad University seeks a Postdoctoral researcher in ethnography and design research with a focus on user experience and expectations. 

The post-doctoral researcher will work on the design ethnographic strand of interdisciplinary projects. The position is partly funded through a grant awarded by KK-stiftelsen, Sweden. The successful candidate will join a research team based at the Future Mobility Center Halmstad University, Sweden, and will work in collaboration with colleagues Volvo Cars (Sweden) and Monash University (Australia). The position is at Halmstad University and is connected to the externally funded international research network “Re-humanising Automated Decision-Making” which includes eight partners.

The project is situated at the forefront of research into future transport mobilities, often referred to as Mobility as a Service.  This position represents an opportunity to be part of a team that will develop and apply innovative and interdisciplinary design ethnographic and participatory design techniques of research and dissemination in this field. The postdoctoral research will create new ethnographic insights into human experiences and expectations of connected and automated vehicles and integrated mobility services and will collaborate with experimental User Experience (UX) and Service Design researchers to explore how these technologies can be designed to support the creation of sustainable lifestyles.

This research is focused on the interface between academic scholarship and applied practice. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to developing applied research with impact, and in collaboration with industry partners, as well as to academic scholarship and debate through publications.

The successful candidate will work primarily with Professor Sarah Pink (Monash University) and Associate Professor Vaike Fors (Halmstad University), within a research group focused on applied and design ethnography in dialogue with academic scholarship. They will benefit from working in this international research environment that spans the Future Mobility Center at Halmstad University and the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University.

The duties will be:

  • To organize and undertake ethnographic research with future users of automated vehicles and integrated transport mobility services
  • To contribute to the analysis of ethnographic research
  • To assist in the organization, running of and in contributing findings to knowledge generation and dissemination workshops
  • To contribute to academic publications and conference papers (where appropriate leading on these)
  • To contribute to report writing
  • To contribute to the production of video-based and digital dissemination projects, on online platforms

In Sweden, the position of postdoctoral researcher is a qualifying appointment, which is intended to enable the employee to develop their independence as a researcher and to obtain merits that may develop their competence for another post with higher eligibility requirements. As a postdoctoral researcher, one is expected to be active in the research seminars organized by the research environment EIS at the school of Information Technology. The candidate is also expected to teach undergraduate students.

Salary is to be settled by negotiation. The application should include a statement of the salary level required by the candidate.

Eligibility/ Requirements

This position is suited to applicants with a Ph.D. (and preferably postdoctoral experience) in ethnographic research, using digital video and other innovative techniques in ethnography. Candidates should have been trained to Ph.D. level in anthropology, design or in a cognate discipline such as human geography, sociology, ethnology or a related interdisciplinary field. Candidates will ideally also have existing experience of interdisciplinary research in fields of digital technology use, design ethnography and/or service design. The working language in the project is English, so one requirement for the position is fluent speaking and writing in English. The fieldwork for this project will be undertaken primarily in Gothenburg and Helsingborg, Sweden and the successful candidate will ideally be fluent and able to undertake ethnographic research and analysis in Swedish.

Application Process

Applications should be sent via Halmstad University’s recruitment system MyNetwork.

The application package shall consist of:
1) a cover letter stating the purpose of the application and a brief statement of why you believe that your goals are well-matched with the goals of this position, together with a description of future research plans

2) a CV that includes at least
– a list of previous degrees, with dates and institutions
– a complete list of publications with 2-3 most relevant ones for this position marked
– a description of previous research and other work experience and links to online copies of the most important publications

3) contact information for at least three references.

The program values the qualities that gender balance and diversity bring to our organization. Therefore, applicants with different backgrounds, gender, functionality and, not least, life experience are welcome.

For further information, please contact project leader Vaike Fors (, scientific leader Sarah Pink ( or head of school Magnus Clarin (

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