Doctoral student in Interaction Design


Ref REK 2022/199

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 is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes three departments: the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty conducts doctoral studies in the following subjects: Global Politics, Interaction Design, International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Media and Communication Studies and Urban Studies. The Faculty hosts two of the university’s five research centres.

Read more about the Faculty of Culture and Society here.


The School of Arts and Communication (K3) have around 100 employees and 1,100 students, and we offer interdisciplinary education at first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels in media, culture and design. Here, scientific and academic theory and methods are combined with artistic and practical elements. In terms of organisation, the department contains three units: Design, Humanities, Language and Cultural Production, and Media and Communication Studies.

Many of our teachers and researchers are active in groups and networks such as Comics Research, Artist Based Research, Nordic Network for Research on Working-Class Literature, Oral History and research programmes such as the Data Society as well as the research platforms Redem, Medea and Collaborative Future making and the Internet of Things and People (IoTaP) research centre. A large part of the teaching and research is carried out together with external partners and stakeholders.

Read more about the School of Arts and Communication here.

Work duties

There are two doctoral research subjects at K3: Interaction Design and Media and Communication Studies. This is a position as a doctoral student in Interaction Design.

K3 is looking for candidates who are interested in studying how design processes, systems and artefacts shape our world and affect us as people. A central question is how design can be used to transform visions of a just, compassionate and sustainable world into realities. As a doctoral student in Interaction Design, you are not only expected to carry out your own dissertation project, but also to contribute to the research and knowledge in the field at large. In order for K3 to be able to offer qualified supervision and a good working environment, it is important that your project relates to the research conducted at the department. K3 has a long tradition of interdisciplinary work and welcomes applicants with projects that integrate creative and practice-oriented work with theory development and analytical studies. For more information on ongoing research: 

The doctoral programme comprises four years of full-time study and concludes with a doctoral degree (240 credits). The programme consists of a course component and a dissertation component. An important part of the doctoral programme itself is to actively participate in and contribute to the research and educational environment. A doctoral student shall primarily devote themselves to their doctoral studies, but may also work to a limited extent with educational tasks, other research, artistic research and administration, but not more than 20 per cent of the total working time (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 2).

A doctoral education in interaction design prepares you for a future (career) in academia as a teacher and researcher, and also creates opportunities for qualified work outside academia.  Therefore, K3 offers doctoral students the opportunity to teach. Malmö University also offers pedagogical training as well as Swedish courses through the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

For more information about doctoral studies in Interaction Design please read the General Study Plan in ID. For more information about being a doctoral student at the Faculty of Culture and Society see the study handbook.


To be admitted to third-cycle (doctoral) studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements of the subject in question. Moreover, the applicant must be deemed capable of assimilating the education.

General entry requirements for doctoral education and study programmes (the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7 Section 39) are met by those who:

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes are met by those who have:

  • knowledge and skills equivalent to a second-cycle degree in Interaction Design or in another subject relevant to the program, or have the equivalent knowledge acquired within or outside the country. In view of the multidisciplinary character of the field of Interaction Design subjects within the social sciences and humanities as well as within the technology and the arts may be relevant to meet the specific requirements.

Selection criteria

Selection among applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements shall be made with regard to their capacity to assimilate the education (the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7 Section 41). The selection process will include evaluation of the written materials, interviews with shortlisted candidates and checking of their recommendations.

General selection criteria

  • independent analysis and approach in previous work
  • problem formulation and precision in previous work and research plans
  • methodological and scholarly maturity
  • communication and cooperation skills

Specific selection criteria

  • The candidate's ability, in accordance with Chapter 5, Section 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, to benefit from third-cycle courses and study programmes. To support the evaluation of the feasibility of each research proposal, students are expected to submit previous written material, a well-referenced research plan and, where applicable, a portfolio along with their application form (see below).
  • The candidate's ability to plan and implement projects within given timeframes.
  • The candidate's ability to express themselves in English - orally and in writing.
  • The degree to which the proposed research can contribute to the field of research and the collaborative research environment at K3.

Further information

Research and research education related questions: Director of PhD studies at K3, Professor Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, +46 406657684,

General information about the department and Malmö University, as well as questions about employment: Head of K3, Annika Olsson, +46 406657678,

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 August 22, 2022. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • Completed application form for admission to Research Education: Application for admission to doctoral education
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
  • A brief research plan presenting the focus of research and a thesis concept, and how this relates to the specific post (max 4 pages). The research plan must contain an overall purpose, questions that the project intends to answer, an account of the methodological approach, a description of material collection and type of research material and an account of the theoretical framework
  • Independent work at advanced level and published articles or equivalent (up to three works).


Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

The doctoral studentship is a fixed-term position comprising four years of full-time studies, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7.

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 salary setting for doctoral students in accordance with a local agreement on salary setting for doctoral students.

Start date

1 February 2023.

Union representatives

Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, +46 406657753,

OFR, Martin Reissner, +46 406657266, 

PhD Student Union representative

PhD student coordinator in K3 Roel Roscam Abbing,

Union representative Michel Anderlini, +46 700991246


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 22/08/2022 by clicking the apply button.