Doctoral Student in Interaction Design

Malmö University has a doctoral programme in Interaction design within the research area New Media, Public Spheres and Forms of Expression. We are now looking for a PhD student in Interaction design. For general information on Malmö University, see bottom of this page.

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Doctoral programme in Interaction design
For years, the School of Arts and Communication has conducted doctoral programmes in cooperation between Malmö University and other higher education institutions. Currently there are approximately 10 active doctoral students in the school. In 2010 the university was given the right to award doctoral degrees within the research area New Media, Public Spheres and Forms of Expression, in the subjects of media and communication studies and interaction design.

The research programme prepares the candidate for a research or teaching career in academia as well as providing professional skills for work outside the academic field. An essential aim of the programme is that the student shall experience collaboration with other researchers and thereby establish a national and international contact network. It is desirable that the student integrates creative or practical work with analytical work in the doctoral programme.

Employment as a doctoral student
The student employed as a doctoral student shall primarily devote time to his/her own research. Decisions regarding employment of doctoral students can be found in Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 1-7 §§. The doctoral student is expected to actively participate in the research and teaching environment and typically has up to 20 percent departmental duties, primarily teaching, for which compensation is paid according to time.

The doctoral programme’s aim is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the doctoral student in order to independently conduct research and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge within the chosen subject area. The doctoral programme is worth 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and is completed when the doctoral student publically defends his/her doctoral dissertation.

The basic requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) education are that the student has
1. received a second-cycle higher education degree,
2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle, or
3. in some other way, within or outside the country, acquired equivalent knowledge.

The following basic requirements held up to 1 July 2007: Basic requirements are fulfilled by those who have completed a basic higher education of at least 180 higher education credits or in some other way, within or outside the country, acquired equivalent knowledge. Students who fulfilled these older basic requirements before 1 July 2007 shall be considered to have completed the basic requirements for admission to the doctoral programme.

Special requirements for the position are knowledge and skills corresponding to a second-cycle degree (bachelor or master) in interaction design or in another subject that is relevant to interaction design. Interaction design is multidisciplinary and relevant subjects such as social sciences, aesthetics and technical subjects form a basis for the special requirements.

Special requirements can also be fulfilled by equivalent knowledge that has been acquired in some other way, within or outside the country.

Basis of assessment
In addition, according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 5 §, importance is placed on the student’s ability to incorporate his/her research with the doctoral programme. The statement of research interests along with previously written papers and published material are important indicators of this ability. The ability to express oneself in written and spoken English is essential.

The application as a doctoral student in the research area New Media, Public Spheres and Forms of Expression should also include a dissertation outline about how the research area focus will be treated as well as how a potential creative or practical element will be integrated with the analytical work. For more information about K3 and their research, see

Additional information
Employment is full-time and time restricted according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 7 §.

As soon as possible after agreement.

Contact information
– Professor Jonas Löwgren, tel. +46 703 917854
– Head of K3 Jesper Falkheimer, tel. +46 40 6657754 until 28 February 2011
– Human Resources Officer Anne Olsson, tel. +46 40 6657374

The application should include the following documents:
1. Cover letter
2. CV with references
3. Dissertation outline (max six pages)
4. List of scientific, education and outreach and industry-oriented publications (including papers) as well as creative works relevant to the position
5. Selected writing that the applicant wishes to submit (max three documents)
6. Portfolio of interaction design-related work or the web address to an online portfolio

Applications must either be sent by e-mail (with documents attached as PDF files and with links to additional media files uploaded on a public website) or sent by post in five copies, sorted into five identical bundles.

The application, marked with the reference number, should be sent electronically to or mailed to Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society, Registrar, Citadellsvägen 7, 205 06 Malmö. Regardless of how the application is sent, it must arrive at Malmö University by 21 March 2011 at the latest.

All documents must be certified.

Union representatives
SACO, Michael Svedemar, tel. 040-665 71 04
OFR/ST, Peter Gustafsson, tel. 040-665 72 37
SEKO, Bengt Rosén

Reference number: KS 42-2011/1
Affiliation: Kultur och samhälle / Konst, kultur och kommunikation, K3
Application due: 2011-03-21


General information about Malmö University
Since its inception in 1998, Malmö University has grown into the country’s eighth largest institution of higher education with 25 000 students. Its education and research programmes are distinguished by their multidisciplinary, problem-oriented approach and social relevance. The university offers students a range of courses in four faculties and one school: Culture and Society, Health and Society, Odontology, Teacher Education and Technology and Society.

Faculty of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication (K3), the Department of Global Political Studies, the Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, the Department of Urban Studies and the Centre for Widening Participation.

School of Arts and Communication (K3)
K3 is a multidisciplinary school with approximately 80 employees and 850 full-time students. The school’s education and research deal with media, design, art, culture and society and it plays an important role in the Öresund region’s cultural life. K3 conducts transnational education at the bachelor’s and master’s level as well as doctoral programmes within the profile New Media. There are degree programmes in subjects such as interaction design, performing arts design, culture and media as well as design and visual communication. The school also offers a large number of freestanding courses.

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