The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading international architecture and design school that provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales, objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.
The Institute of Design adopts a broad, holistic approach to design that emphasizes the relevance and importance of design within our contemporary society. It teaches and researches within the fields of industrial design, interaction design, service design, and systems oriented design, as well as themes that go across these disciplines, such as healthcare or maritime industry. Our perspective is that good design creates aesthetic and functional products, services, and experiences that delight and improve the lives of their users.The Institute nurtures a designerly approach in shaping potential futures in new, creative, valuable, and responsible ways.
PhD Fellowship in the area of Interaction Design
The Institute of Design wishes to strengthen its research within interaction design and calls for candidates who are motivated to investigate how to design for next generation user interfaces in medium and large organizations.
In the coming years interaction designers will increasingly be able to compose advanced user interfaces by using people’s entire connected context as a resource for interface innovation. This will allow people to access digital services, adapted to their situated needs, through user interfaces composed across any available interaction technologies such as screens, speakers, mobile devices, augmented reality devices and sensors. Such interfaces are especially important in professional environments, for example at hospitals, ships or in control rooms, where users access digital services, delivered by multiple vendors, in diverse contexts.
Designing user interfaces for such heterogeneous and diverse contexts is a challenge for design practice and there is a need for research into how to realise next generation user interfaces. We therefore invite promising applicants to investigate how interaction designers may design for next generation situated and distributed multimodal user-interfaces across medium and large organisations. This work may include research questions such as:
We especially welcome proposals that show an ability to integrate design practice and experimentation as part of the research work.
The PhD will be supervised by Associate Professor Kjetil Nordby and will work closely with the interaction design research group at the Institute of Design. The research is of strategic interests to the group and the researcher will be able to draw on the experiences and results from ongoing research projects at AHO within health care and ocean industries. The Institute of design has a large network within industry, public sector and research, which will be used as a resource for research cases supporting the PhD project. The advertised position is part of the wider design and research strategy of the Institute for Design at AHO that encompasses the Centre for Design Research (CDR) (www.designresearch.no).
Applicants must have:
The application should include:
Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue must submit documentation of their proficiency in English (TOEFL-test or similar). Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
All documentation for the application should be in English. Exam transcripts in a Scandinavian language are accepted.
Applications will be evaluated based upon a combination of factors:
The length of the fellowship will be three or four years fulltime, dependent on whether the candidate is found qualified to undertake teaching duties as part of the PhD position. The position requires full time residency for the full 3- or 4-year period. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is a possible.
The PhD fellowship will start in September 2017.
The PhD candidate is required to attend the AHO Research School in his or her first year. This is a mandatory introduction program for all PhD candidates admitted to the PhD program at AHO. The Research School runs for two semesters and has a total scope of 45 ECTS. Research School attendance is compulsory.
For inquiries on the position, please contact Associate Professor Kjetil Nordby firstname.lastname@example.org / +47 99001028.
More information about PhD fellowships at AHO can be found at: https://aho.no/en/content/regulations-degree-philosophiae-doctor-phd-aho