PhD Candidate in Co-design Practice

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  • Norway

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

1st January 2024


  • English

The Department of Computer Science  has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Co-design Practice
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About the job

We are inviting applications for a PhD position in Co-design Practice at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU. The successful candidate will engage in cutting-edge research to advance the understanding of co-design as a design practice. Central research areas include:

  • Facilitation tools and techniques: Designing and evaluating novel co-design tools and techniques. 
  • The facilitator role: Exploring the multifaceted nature of the co-design facilitator role.
  • Facilitation skills: Investigating the skills associated with proficient co-design facilitation.
  • Decision-making: Developing innovative methods for analyzing decision-making within co-design activities and processes.
  • Power asymmetries: Analyzing how power asymmetries in co-design activities and processes may affect the generated outcomes.
  • Reflective practice: Designing and evaluating methods and tools that support reflection on co-design practices. 

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

Your immediate leader is the group leader of Information systems and software engineering (ISSE). 

Duties of the position

  • Lead and conduct empirically grounded qualitative research on co-design practice.
  • Publish research results in relevant and acknowledged scientific journals and conference proceedings.
  • Participate in professional communities within areas relevant to the position.
  • Participate in the supervision of master students and in the development and teaching of relevant courses at IDI.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in co-design, participatory design, interaction design, or other design-oriented fields.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program .
  • You must have strong written and oral English language skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Documented experience in facilitating co-design activities.
  •  Knowledge of the theoretical basis for various relevant design traditions.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is highly desired but not required. 

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication skills.
  • Being proactive and creative.
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a good team-worker.
  • Well-developed analytical skills.
  • Ability to conduct research at an international level.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is three years without teaching duties or four years with teaching duties, depending on the candidate’s match with the teaching needs of the department. 

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Computer Science within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates. 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you recently have submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • A one-page note describing at least one relevant project (e.g., research project, course project, thesis work, start-up, hobby project) where the applicant had a major role. The note should illustrate how the project and the applicant’s role relate to one or more of the central research areas described above. 
  • A project proposal (two pages) describing a structured and concrete plan for your PhD project. The plan should describe the overall research questions you want to address and how intend to address them. The project plan should also provide a rough timeline for your project and its activities. 
  • Name and contact information of three referees.
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work.

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate professor Yngve Dahl, telephone +47 905 27 892, e-mail [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact the department’s Human Resource team, e-mail: [email protected] .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 01.01.24

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NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life. 

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We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .


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1st January 2024


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