PhD student in Human Computer Interaction
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The Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University conducts
education and research in Uppsala and at Campus Gotland in Visby. The
Department's faculty studies various aspects of the conditions, opportunities
and consequences of the use of digital technologies, in relation to
individuals, organizations, and societal institutions. See the Department's
website for more information about the research profile (www. im.uu.se ).
The fully-funded PhD is placed in the unit for Human-Computer Interaction and
in the project Controlling the Uncontrollable: Experiences and Consequences
of Reproductive health apps. Digital smartphone applications or apps for
reproductive health (RHA) are today a huge market. A large majority of
first-time child-bearers use these for medical information and health check-
ups. These apps are mainly developed by private actors, often so-called
FemTech entrepreneurs, who operate outside state-funded and controlled care.
Women's sexual health has and is surrounded by stigma and social control;
something this new industry, often driven by women, is actively working
against. At the same time, FemTech is an industry with many players where the
medical sector faces competition from venture capital-funded start-up
companies and the alternative medicine movement, with women's health as a game
plan and consequence. The PhD will study the FemTech industry from several
perspectives and link this to how these apps are used and operate.
Duties/Project description: Doctoral studies comprises a set of PhD
courses and a comprehensive research project that is to be reported and
publicly defended in the form of a doctoral dissertation. Successful
fulfilment of the course work and the research project will be awarded by a
PhD degree in Human Computer Interaction, from the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Uppsala University. Additionally, the doctoral student will be enrolled into
Sweden's National Research School on Management and Information Technology.
This enrolment will provide the student with a set of additional benefits such
as the access to specific PhD courses, mandatory participation in bi-annual
research student conferences, and the access to a large network of junior and
senior researchers. The PhD student will be supervised by two senior
Requirements: We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student, with a
genuine interest in the theme focused: Reproductive health and the FemTech
industry. The following is formal requirement for the successful applicant:
Master's degree level qualification at the start of the PhD, or equivalent,
that has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240
credits (ECTS) of which at least 60 credits (ECTS) were awarded at the
master's level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some
other way in Sweden or abroad. A suitable background is a Master's degree in
Human-Computer Interaction or in other relevant social science disciplines. A
general specification of the doctoral education may be retrieved at:
https:// www. samfak.uu.se/.
(i) university-level courses in Human-Computer Interaction (in case the
applicant holds a Master's degree in another discipline,
(ii) experience from the research process, including writing papers, their
presentation in conferences and publication in journals,
(iii) experience of qualitative methods for research,
(iv) professional work experience from industry and/or governmental
(v) Swedish language proficiency,
(vi) demonstrable knowledge of feminist methods and theories.
Required application documents:
A motivation letter that specifies why the applicant wants to pursue PhD studies in the here announced position (max one page)
A research proposal that targets the here specified research domain, (max one page, excl. possible references)
Verified copies of academic degree(s)
Copies of (co-) authored research papers (if applicable)
Verified certificates of work experience (if applicable)
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to
English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English
6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an
internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous
upper secondary (high school), university studies, or equivalent.
Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance
chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-12-2021 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment : Temporary position according to the Higher
Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7, and in Uppsala University's rules and
guidelines https:// regler.uu.se/?languageId=1 .
Scope of employment: 100 %.
For further information about the position please contact: Lina Eklund
e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org, Annika Waern, e-post: Annika.email@example.com.
Please submit your application by 15 October 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2864.
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Placement: Department of Informatics and Media
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2864
Last application date: 2021-10-15