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PhD position - Design for welfare

Post by Lars-Ola » 2014-Feb-24 15:16

PhD position - Design for welfare ... or-welfare

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
Department of Product Design

The Department of Product Design is offering a PhD-scholarship in the research area of design for welfare or design of welfare services and technology, for a period of 4 years (including one year compulsory work).

At present, the Department of Product Design has 1 professor, 2 part-time professors, 8 associate professors, 12 PhD students and 1 postdoctoral fellow. The department is engaged in research and education in the areas of industrial design, interaction design, strategic design and sustainable design.

In 2012 the department established a research group focusing on the design and welfare services and technology. The group is responsible for the nationally funded research project ‘‘The Medical Home’. The department wishes to strategically expand the research and teaching activities in this group and link these to the NTNU wide thematic initiative on health-, welfare- and technology (HEVET). One of the main goals of HEVET is to keep up a sustainable health care system and ensure good living conditions for a growing and aging population. This requires a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with how design and design thinking can contribute to this goal, especially in a Nordic context. The research will put emphasis on the interaction between actors in the welfare system. The successful applicant will focus on interdisciplinary design research, and will have to address theoretical insights as well as practical applications and concept development. The research may be based on multiple case and/or field studies, and may require cooperation with other institutional, public or industry partners.

Applicants for this position must have a master degree in a relevant field such as (but not limited to) industrial design, service design and architecture. We wish especially to get in touch with applicants who can document previous experience in the areas of research design for welfare and stakeholder involvement.

The successful applicant will be based at the NTNU’s Department of Product Design in Trondheim. Applicants must be fluent in both English and a Scandinavian language because of the Nordic context of the research.

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