Postdoctoral position: Placed- and activity-Centric Dynamic Library Services Västra Götalands län

Ref: REF 2017-0195


Information about the department
The Department of Applied IT is carrying out research and education within the complete milieus Informatics, Learning and Visualization. As part of both Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg the research is encompassing many different disciplines with high relevance for the community. The education is characterized by the interplay between people, people and technology as well as technology’s relation to organizations and the surrounding community. Just over a hundred members of staff work at the department in one of the research and educational milieus. The department is located at Campus Lindholmen and has close co operations with industry and the public sector.

The position is within the interaction design division where current research concerns for instance: ubiquitous computing, computer game design and game design patterns, aesthetics of computational technology as a design material, information visualization and intelligent user interfaces as well as multi modal and tangible user interfaces.

Interaction design is focused on the development of interactive artifacts where ICT is a central component. The field has its roots in human-computer interaction but has grown to include design of user interfaces with advanced visualizations and interactive simulations and games. Interaction design is a multidisciplinary field where knowledge from programming, electronics, aesthetics, cognitive science, graphical design, and psychology all play roles and collaboration over disciplinary boundaries is common. Regardless of the intended area of use, the design of interaction between people and technologies requires a holistic perspective incorporating aspects of software engineering as well as industrial and product design.

Major responsibilities
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in the research area of interaction and participatory design. This area combines research into interaction design, computer science, and collaborative design. The aim is to explore the possibilities and advantages of cutting edge interface technologies through a design research approach spanning from ideation to deployment “in the wild.”

Ideal candidates will have a proven track record that demonstrates high-quality practical research. Candidates with demonstrated experience and a high quality publication record on one or several of the following topics are of particular interest:

– participatory design
– interaction design
– mobile computing
– computer-supported collaborative work
Having an interest in, and experience of, teaching these subjects is an additional advantage.

The project will focus on the exploration of new Place- and Activity-Centric Dynamic Library Services. The position is within the PLACED-project that will demonstrate how place and activity-centric digital services coupled to the physical library space can enable libraries to integrate activities in libraries and urban communities with library collections. The PLACED-project aim is to reinvent the services provided by city libraries and to design and develop news types of place- and activity-centric digital services. Whereas library services typically focus on providing access to a collection of physical media, PLACED services support activities (e.g. hackathons, public readings, discussion groups) in the library. The groundbreaking aspect is that these services capture knowledge generated through these activities, make them a part of the library's collection, and allow future library users to explore and access them. These services will leverage the active participation and co-creation of knowledge by citizens to enrich library collections. In the project, a co-creation approach will be employed that brings together research institutions, libraries, citizens, and industry in order to understand user needs and develop accessible and usable services. The major responsibility will be in co-design and evaluation of demonstrators that show the potential of place- and activity-centric library services in Gothenburg, Aarhus and Lyon.

While the postdoctoral fellow will be working in collaboration with other researchers at the department, he or she is expected to be the main responsible for the planning and implementation of the research work packages requirements and evaluation.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment starting from Oct 1, 2017. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1) with a review after the first year.

A Ph.D. degree in Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, or a discipline closely related to one of these is required to be applicable for the position; the degree should generally not be older than three years.

Furthermore, candidates should: 
– have expertise in developing applications for mobile devices and touch-based interfaces
– have documented experiences in developing and evaluating interfaces
– have experience in working closely with potential end users

The position will be located within the PLACED-project, http://placedproject.eu/, hosted at the division of Interaction Design of the Department of Applied Information Technology. Due to the focus on public libraries in EU a close collaboration also with the partnering universities and libraries in Gothenburg, Lyon and Aarhus is expected.

The department of Applied IT, http://www.ait.gu.se/english/ has more than 80 faculty members and offers a number of degrees to students committed to scholarship in the wide area of computer science and information technology. In particular the division of interaction design is running the master’s program Interaction Design & Technologies, http://www.ixdcth.se/. We, and most of our industrial partners, are located at Lindholmen Science Park, one of Sweden’s most dynamic hi-tech hubs located only ten minutes from the downtown area.

The position is for two years, with a pre-tax salary of 35.000 SEK/month. The candidate is expected to spend at most 20% of the time in teaching. Relocation costs to Sweden can be paid and help to find a suitable place to live can be provided.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170178 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 7th May, or until the position is filled.

For questions, please contact:
Senior lecturer Eva Eriksson
Department of Applied Information Technology
E-mail: eva.eriksson@chalmers.se
Phone: +46 31 772 2369

Background information:
PLACED: http://placedproject.eu
Interaction Design & Technologies, master’s program: www.ixdcth.se/
Chalmers Department of Applied IT: http://www.chalmers.se/ait/EN/
Chalmers ICT Area of Advance: http://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/
Lindholmen Science Park: http://www.lindholmen.se/en/

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 


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