About Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.

The Faculty of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. Read more here.

The School of Arts and Communication (K3)
The School of Arts and Communication is part of the multidisciplinary Faculty of Culture and Society. Also known by its acronym K3 (after the Swedish name Konst, Kultur och Kommunikation), our school has approximately 80 faculty members and 1,000 full-time students. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of media, interaction design and cultural studies. Our programmes and courses include English, Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Journalism, Visual Communication, Interaction Design as well as a range of courses in different types of media production. At K3, we combine traditional scholarship and academic knowledge with artistic methods and practical skills. In our teaching and research, art, technology, design and communication converge in new and innovative ways. Read more about K3 here.

Research at K3 is multi- and interdisciplinary, and is known internationally for contributing foundational knowledge and practical application to the fields of design, media, culture and the arts.  Our researchers are active in research platforms such as Medea, Collaborative Future Making and  Rethinking Democracy as well as the Internet of Things and People research centre and the Data Society research programme. K3 research is frequently carried out in collaboration with external stakeholders. 

Content and work responsibilities
The successful candidate will work in the project ‘Knowing From Somewhere: On Modes and Sites of Knowledge Production with Hacker Communities in the Field of Internet of Things’. This will entail close collaboration with a hackerspace in Malmö and remote collaborations with hackerspaces in in other locations, including the use of relevant  open-source hardware and software platforms in the field of IoT, and the setting up of shared support structures for knowledge production.

The candidate must have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered equivalent with a doctoral degree. The employment is primarily relevant to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no less than three years before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed at an earlier date. Special circumstances constitute time off because of illness, parental leave, clinical practice, union duties or other similar circumstances.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Completed PhD or an international degree considered equivalent to a PhD within the subject of interaction design or equivalent before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired
  • Proven experience of research through design in the field of IoT
  • Proven experience of co-design methods and co-operation with external stakeholders
  • Proven experience of work with open-source hardware and software platforms
  • Fluency in English

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Insights into research ethics and gender equality.
  • Experience of independent research planning and coordination.
  • Experience of general qualitative research methods.
  • Pedagogical experience within the field of interaction design.

The successful candidate should show an interest in conceptually advanced and transdisciplinary research and be able to independently drive and coordinate projects. A critical and creative approach to design research is important. The position also requires a creative take on communication and collaboration with external actors in the field of IoT.

Assessment criteria
Accordning to the Appointment Rules at Malmö University, the assessment crieteria for a position as postdoctor are:

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of a sufficient standard
  • Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

Further information
For questions regarding the project, contact Annika Olsson, Head of Department, annika.olsson@mau.se 
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecca Nordh, HR, rebecca.nordh@mau.se

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than October 4nd.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • PhD Diploma
  • Copies of relevant certificates
  • Educational letter of intent
  • A brief account of scientific, educational and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching.
  • List of scientific and educational work
  • The primary scientific and educational work being cited (maximum five of each)
  • References

The educational qualifications may be documented with guidance from Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University. See also Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Books and any other documents, such as publications, that cannot be sent electronically should be sent in triplicate in an envelope marked with reference number REK 2020/212 and posted to the HR Department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the documents weigh more than 2 kg, they should be sent to the delivery address: HR Department, Malmö University, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2020/212.

This is a temporary full-time position during 24 months.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.
Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Start date
Starting date November 1st or by earliest convenience and agreement.

Union representatives
SACO-S, Rebecka Johansson, rebecka.johansson@mau.se 
OFR, Martin Reissner, martin.reissner@mau.se


We look forward to receiving your application!