Postdoctoral fellow – related to the subject Sustainability Narratives
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About the position
The Department of Design (ID) in Trondheim has a vacancy for a postdoctoral
fellow. ID is part of the Faculty of Architecture and Design and consists of
two groups, one in Trondheim and one in Gjøvik. The department offers study
programmes in fields such as industrial design, graphic design, interaction
design, service design and web development. The department's strategic
research areas include design for sustainability, digitalisation and health.
The design for sustainability (DfS) group is involved in various
international and national interdisciplinary projects and has a strong
potential and wish to extend its activities. Its current research addresses
behaviour and practices related to consumption and everyday life, design for
sustainability transitions, socially sustainable innovation and implementation
of design for sustainability in professional environments. Norm-critical
design, speculative design, design futuring, participatory and democratic
approaches are among the methodologies we are interested in.
The postdoctoral fellowship is connected to a joint project “Narrating
Sustainability” in cooperation with the Department of Language and Literature
and the Department of Psychology. The project funding, which comes from NTNU's
thematic strategic area Sustainability, will also cover two PhD positions at
these two departments, supervised by Prof. Hanna Musiol and Prof. Christian
Klöckner, in addition to this postdoc position at the Department of Design,
which will be supervised by Prof. Casper Boks.
The joint project will address forms, functions, and uses of narratives of
sustainability societal discourses in product, behaviour, lifestyle and
societal contexts. It aims to research sustainability narratives across
fields, and thereby increase understanding about how narratives and
temporality affect engagement and participation of audiences/citizens in the
socio-ecological crises debates and how that affects, and can be used to
enable, facilitate, nudge, tempt and seduce towards desirable behavior.
The postdoctoral position will focus on the design element, by addressing how
narratives can be used as both an element of the designer toolbox and/or as
part of solution spaces. Through physical and digital experiments, informed by
research in the joint project, the postdoc will research how narratives are,
and can contribute to create awareness, reflection and action. The following
research questions are guiding the postdoc project:
1. How can complex understandings of sustainability be made evident and
inform the potential role of sustainability narratives in the designer's
2. How can linguistic elements and style figures (such as analogies,
comparisons, metaphors, euphemisms, exaggerations, accusations) work as tools
when narratives play a potentially important role in design interventions?
3. How can experience with various quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic,
speculative, artistic and/or activist methods of inquiry from the fields of
literature, psychology and design draw upon each other?
The candidate is expected to work from Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim, and
formally reports to the Head of the Department of Design.
Duties of the position
Desktop and field research that aims to answer the abovementioned research
Academic publication and dissemination
Contributions to supervising and/or mentoring the two PhD students in the
Contributions to further developing the Design for Sustainability research
group at ID
Contributions to developing cross-disciplinary research cooperation at
NTNU and beyond
Required selection criteria
A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the
main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. In order to
qualify for the position you must have:
A Norwegian (or foreign equivalent) doctoral (PhD) degree in a
relevant field such as design, anthropology, sociology, psychology,
literature, film or media studies.
Strong theoretical and methodological skills
Experience with qualitative research
Experience from cross-disciplinary design research projects
Experience with Design for Sustainability research in the context of
sustainable behaviour and/or sustainability transitions and/or sustainable
consumption and/or norm-critical design and/or citizen engagement
A track record of publications within one or more of the above-mentioned
Very good written and oral English language skills
The ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for
appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant
Preferred selection criteria
Experience with research related to the topic of sustainability narratives
Experience from supervision of master and/or PhD students
Experience with acquisition of research projects
A relevant, preferably international, professional network
A portfolio of non-traditional sustainability research outcomes such as
curated work, exhibition contributions, installations or other design
Written and oral skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is
an advantage, but not essential
We are searching for candidates
with a strong interest in research on topics relevant for the position
who are able to work both independently and in interdisciplinary teams
with very good communication skills
with a desire to do awesome research that makes a difference
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
freedom to shape research activities and choose research methods within
the project's boundaries
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK
545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From
the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is two years. If relevant, the successful candidate
may be given the option of a three-year contract with one year of required
duties (e.g. acquisition of research projects, teaching and supervision).
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical
career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee
will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research
may be reduced as a result.
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
a cover letter stating the motivation for the application and explaining
the suitability of the candidate
a publication list, including digital copies of up to five publications
most central for the project.
and, if relevant, a portfolio of non-traditional research outputs.
Name and address of three referees
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene.
Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000.
The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and
overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional
subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim
offers great opportunities for education (including international schools)
and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime
rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality
may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on
the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please
contact Professor Casper Boks, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (telephone +47
73590102 or 41256938), Head of Department Sara Brinch e-mail:
email@example.com, or HR Astrid S. Lyngby, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters.
Application deadline: 15.10.21
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