Two Postdoctoral Researchers at University of Lapland, Finland

University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Apply by February 7, 2020

The User Experience (UX) research group at the Faculty of Art and Design conducts state-of-the-art research combining experience design, rapid prototyping and user centric design methods.

Two Postdoctoral Researchers for the period of appr. 12 – 18 months in 2020-2021, starting in spring 2020, until end of 2021.
The Lapland User Experience research group at the University of Lapland seeks to fill the position of

Two Postdoctoral Researchers for the period of appr. 12 – 18 months in 2020-2021, starting in spring 2020, until end of 2021.

The research focuses on prototyping tangible interactive technologies in the cross-section of technology and design, addressing topics such as printed electronics, tangible user interfaces and wearable computing. The candidate should have strong background in hands-on prototyping of tangible and mobile interaction (e.g. Arduino, Android, Unity), complemented with user research methods. Earlier experience in design (interaction design, graphics) is a plus. The background of the candidate should be in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), computer science, or electronics. The location of the position is in Rovaniemi, Finland.

The User Experience (UX) research group at the Faculty of Art and Design conducts state-of-the-art research combining experience design, rapid prototyping and user centric design methods. The research group works on various topics on ubiquitous, mobile and wearable computing such as tangible interfaces, aesthetics, new form factors and materials, ambient displays, and fashionable wearables. The group has active international collaborations, and publishes at high quality research forums such as CHI, TEI and ISWC.

The research will be funded by DecoChrom Horizon 2020 project (https://decochrom.com/ ). The DecoChrom project elevates printed graphics products to the age of interactivity, and empowers the creative industries with the tools and innovative advanced material sets to design and build aesthetically pleasing practical human interfaces to smart consumer goods and environments. The DecoChrom consortium develops printed electrochromics (EC) as the mass producible, print industry compatible, ultra low-power interactive graphics solution for ambient intelligence.

To be eligible for the position the applicant must have a doctoral degree, be able to engage in independent scientific work. Demonstrations of independent scientific research will be emphasized in assessing the candidate´s merits. The position includes approximately 5% of teaching time.

The application must include the following:
– the applicant’s contact information (address, phone number, email address)
– CV
– list of publications
– a short (max. two A4-size pages) letter of motivation describing the applicant’s experience in research, project management and student supervision
– copies of the degree diplomas
– a statement of when the applicant is available for the position
– design portfolio, if applicable
– two referees (name and contact information)

The Postdoctoral Researcher’s salary is based on the universities’ salary system, teaching and research personnel’s competence level 5, according to which the monthly task-specific salary component amounts to €2,935.55. In addition, the total salary includes a personal salary component amounting up to 50 % of the task-specific salary component.

Deliver your application by the 7th of February 2020 (by 13:00) by email to kirjaamo@ulapland.fi, or to the following address: Lapin yliopisto, Kirjaamo, PL 122 (Yliopistonkatu 8), 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland. The application documents will not be returned to the sender. The applications can be in English of Finnish. Title your letter/email as ‘UX Postdoctoral researcher’.

Further information: Jonna Häkkilä, Professor of Industrial Design, jonna.hakkila@ulapland.fi

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