Postdoc Position in Design, Body and Well-being in Play
We are inviting applicants interested in critical scholarly inquiry into body-
centred design methods in the context of design for play, for a 2-year Postdoc
Position starting 1 September 2022. The candidate will work at the Department
of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, within a
research group investigating design's ongoing engagement with users' bodily
Candidates are required to have a relevant PhD degree, with some
educational and/or professional experience with design.
Preferred qualifications include a good publication record in English;
knowledge of and/or experience with relevant theoretical frameworks; prior
experience with research-through-design and/or participatory methods in design
research; and/or working knowledge of Danish or one of the Scandinavian
Postdoc position is related to the 3-year research project “Design as
Somatic Expertise: The User's Body and Well-Being in Design Today,” funded by
Carlsberg Foundation. The project is led by Harun Kaygan at the Department of
Design and Communication in Kolding, under the Faculty of Humanities at the
University of Southern Denmark. The research project “Design as Somatic
Expertise” investigates designers' interest in and engagements with users'
bodily well-being across design disciplines such as product design and
interaction design, and in the design of diverse products as medical devices
and playground equipment. We are interested in how designed products track
users' movements, habits and bodily processes, as well as how designers
develop and use methods to capture users' gestures, skills and affective
states. More information on the research project can be found at the following
https: // www. carlsbergfondet.dk/da/Bevillingshaver/Formidling/Bevillingsoversigt/CF210231Harun-
The Postdoc project will critically review and study a selection of body-
centred design approaches in the context of a case study on design for play.
The research will investigate how these approaches users', designers', and
other stakeholders' imaginaries of play, body and the well-being of children
and their guardians. Within this general frame, it is expected for the Postdoc
to design and conduct their own research in collaboration within the research
team and in a way that contributes to the larger research agenda.
Further information is available from Associate Professor Harun Kaygan at
Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops
automatically by the end of the period. An upgrade of pedagogical
qualifications is not part of the position. Thus employment as Postdoc cannot
stand alone as a qualification for later employment as associate
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i
staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).
To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the time
An application must include:
Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching
List of publications indicating the publications attached
Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for
each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author
statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.
Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the
Scandinavian languages. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and
English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original
Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. We only accept
files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than
one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as
each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other
image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be
Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant
will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment
report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will
assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall
assessment of the applicants' qualifications. The committee may request
additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant
to provide the necessary material.
If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty
of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications
received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.
Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that
only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.
Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the
Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before
We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit
Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to,
working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal