DCODE is a European network and PhD program. We rethink design's role in the digital transformation of society. We break new ground by positioning agency as foundational to digital design today, just like function was critical to industrial design.
Our network brings together a consortium of world-class universities and design institutes with partners from industry, government and civil society in seven countries across the EU and the UK.
We offer 15 PhD positions in five areas. Participants will explore critical questions – and come up with solutions.
Applications close on February 14th 2021.
PhD start date on June 1st, 2021
(or as close to this date as possible).
We are looking for backgrounds in design, anthropology, media studies, science and technology studies, design informatics, human-data/AI interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
You want to improve people's live through better design and you have a demonstrable interest in the role of technology in society.
You enjoy working across disciplines and sectors, conducting high quality research both individually and within our prototeams.
You believe that agency is foundational to digital design today, just like function was critical to industrial design.
You thrive when faced with concrete cases, and are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
You are keen to work both abroad at your chosen institution, but also internationally for assignments and placements.
You seek a training program for future design leaders that is serious about participation, inclusion and diversity.
You seek a fully funded PhD and the possibility to attend international events and conferences.
Job applications open on January 8, 2021. Calls close on February 14, 2021 (ESR 2-15), and March 15, 2021 (ESR 1). The envisioned PhD start date is June 1, 2021 (or as close to this date as possible).
Selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Online interviews for ESR 2-15 are expected to take place in the weeks of March 1-12, 2021 (first round) and March 22-26, 2021 (second round). Online interviews for ESR1 in the weeks of March 15-26, 2021.
You are allowed to apply for multiple positions, but you are required to indicate this in the cover letter and indicate priority. Keep in mind that you will have to apply separately and for each position you will have to add to your application package a research statement of 3 to 5 pages. Please observe that incomplete applications will not be processed.
A background and experience in design, anthropology, media studies, science and technology studies, design informatics, human-data/AI interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, or other relevant field. Ability to conduct and deliver high quality research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Excellent communication skills in English, both in written and oral. Meet the eligibility criteria listed below.
Prior engagement and experience with data-driven design or digital advocacy. Relevant co-design and/or prototyping skills (e.g., software development, interactive prototyping, user experience and service design), depending on vacancy.
Applicants to positions in Aarhus (ESR 1) and Edinburgh (ESR 9-11) will also need to submit an English certificate (see individual vacancy post).
You must not already hold a PhD and have less than four years of research experience since you gained the degree that qualifies you for this post, that is, a EU master’s degree (MSc, MA or MFA degree) or equivalent (BA or BSc degree 1st class or 2:1 equivalent). You will need a master degree at the moment of your starting date (June 1).
You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the selected country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your recruitment, and you must work on the project full time.
You are expected to be embedded for two to four months at other organizations in the consortium as part of placements and assignments, before returning to complete your PhD in your respective institutes.
In agreement with the European Commission, DCODE may adopt a flexible approach to how mobility rules are applied, including remote working and online collaboration until travel and relocation become feasible.