INTERACT research unit (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland, http://interact.oulu.fi) has an opening for one (1) doctoral student position in Information Systems. The topic of the doctoral thesis will relate to interaction design and children, utilizing the Fab Lab of the University of Oulu as a resource.
INTERACT research unit focuses on research themes of participation, inclusion, empowerment, and agency in relation to digital technology. A particular research focus has been on understanding and strengthening children’s and young people’s participation and agency in issues concerning their life. The unit undertakes research related to understanding and supporting participatory design, user-centered design and user innovation with and by children. The research unit acknowledges that digital technology has become intertwined and embedded in almost all parts of our everyday life, including leisure and civic activity, thereby establishing new forms of participation and design. Hence, “users” cannot be considered as passive consumers anymore, but at least as content producers if not even as (co-)designers, innovators, and makers of technology. For the children of today, it is not merely use of digital technology that is significant, but they should learn to participate in and contribute to its development, too. Recently calls for offering in-depth technology knowledge for children have also emerged: there is a need to educate children to concretely design, make, and build digital technology. This should be offered them during their basic education. Digital fabrication, the maker movement, and Fab Labs are significant resources in such education endeavors. INTERACT research unit has strong background in multidisciplinary research, combining perspectives from both humanistic and ICT-oriented disciplines. The unit relies on qualitative and participatory research approaches.
Conditions and requirements
The doctoral student positions are typically available for 4 years. There is a teaching obligation. The applicant must be able to speak Finnish at least with level C2 in CEFR scale.
Starting salary will be based on the job specific level 2 according to the university salary system for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. The salary increases as the PhD work progresses. The salary is paid for 12 months in a year. Additionally, the doctoral students are entitled to health care benefits.
The successful candidate should have a Master's degree. Master’s students near completion can also apply.
Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by May 5th , 2017.
The following documents must be attached to the application:
1) a brief curriculum vitae
2) motivation letter,
3) reference letters,
4) a brief (maximum of 4 pages), tentative research plan on interaction design, children, and Fab Lab, in English.
Decisions will be made during May. The applicant should be able to start working in June 2017.
professor Netta Iivari, e-mail: Netta.Iivari@oulu.fi