RETHINK DESIGN CHANGE OUR FUTURE

Do you see design as a way to open pathways toward inclusive and sustainable futures? Are you ready to cross sectors and disciplines? Would you like to apply your research to real-world challenges?
 
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Study and work with DCODE. Accelerate your career. Go beyond the status quo and catalyze responsible change.

DCODE is a European network and PhD program. We rethink design's role in the digital transformation of society. We break new ground by positioning agency as foundational to digital design today, just like function was critical to industrial design. 

Our network brings together a consortium of world-class universities and design institutes with partners from industry, government and civil society in seven countries across the EU and the UK.

We offer 15 PhD positions in five areas. Participants will explore critical questions – and come up with solutions.

Applications close on February 14th 2021.

PhD start date on June 1st, 2021
(or as close to this date as possible).

We are looking for backgrounds in design, anthropology, media studies, science and technology studies, design informatics, human-data/AI interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

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DESIGNING PATHWAYS TO
INCLUSIVE
DIGITAL FUTURES
How do we understand human-machine relations, and shape the desired interaction between algorithms and humans?
Anthropologists, data scientists and engineers need to be better integrated in the fuzzy front end of the design process, so that early steps can be made in designing algorithms that are conducive to sustainable digital futures.
Work with anthropologists, engineers, and computer scientists across the EU and the UK.

PHD TOPICS

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DESIGNING PATHWAYS TO
TRUSTED
INTERACTIONS
How do we achieve human interaction with decentralised systems that is and remains appropriate, in the interest of people and society?
Designing for interaction with and across decentralised systems requires new ways to navigate and negotiate concurrent and conflicting needs, and the potential power imbalance in the relationship between people and predictive systems.
Work with designers and researchers with tech backgrounds across EU and UK.

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DESIGNING PATHWAYS TO
SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC MODELS
How can we conceptualise and promote the currency of alternative values, and sustain more transparent and inclusive socio-economic models in the digital society?
Data-driven technologies are enabling business models and economies that are far from fair.
Work with designers and economists across the EU and the UK.

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DESIGNING PATHWAYS TO
DEMOCRATIC DATA
GOVERNANCE
How can we enable more democratic forms of digital sovereignty and deliberation for how data and algorithms are governed?
Contracts between service providers, users and third parties are often problematic in terms of how flows of data are generated and shared.
Work with designers and other professionals with a background or active interest in policy making.

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DESIGNING PATHWAYS TO
FUTURE DESIGN
PRACTISES
How can we bring together the learning of the DCODE prototeams, and identify best practices?
The responsible and sustainable digital transformation of society will require new postdisciplinary and cross-sector design practices, upholding anticipatory, deliberative and responsive innovation approaches.
Do you have experience in design, ethnographic, industrial, or organizational practices? We want to hear from you.

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WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY

  • 1

    IMPACT

    You want to improve people's live through better design and you have a demonstrable interest in the role of technology in society.

  • 2

    WORK ACROSS SECTORS & DISCIPLINES

    You enjoy working across disciplines and sectors, conducting high quality research both individually and within our prototeams.

  • 3

    RETHINK DESIGN

    You believe that agency is foundational to digital design today, just like function was critical to industrial design.

  • 4

    REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES

    You thrive when faced with concrete cases, and are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

  • 5

    INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

    You are keen to work both abroad at your chosen institution, but also internationally for assignments and placements.

  • 6

    MENTORING PROGRAM

    You seek a training program for future design leaders that is serious about participation, inclusion and diversity.

  • 7

    FUNDING

    You seek a fully funded PhD and the possibility to attend international events and conferences.

DCODE PHD FAQ

  • Key Dates

    Job applications open on January 8, 2021. Calls close on February 14, 2021 (ESR 2-15), and March 15, 2021 (ESR 1). The envisioned PhD start date is June 1, 2021 (or as close to this date as possible).

  • Interviews

    Selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Online interviews for ESR 2-15 are expected to take place in the weeks of March 1-12, 2021 (first round) and March 22-26, 2021 (second round). Online interviews for ESR1 in the weeks of March 15-26, 2021.

  • Multiple Applications

    You are allowed to apply for multiple positions, but you are required to indicate this in the cover letter and indicate priority. Keep in mind that you will have to apply separately and for each position you will have to add to your application package a research statement of 3 to 5 pages. Please observe that incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Essential Criteria

    A background and experience in design, anthropology, media studies, science and technology studies, design informatics, human-data/AI interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, or other relevant field. Ability to conduct and deliver high quality research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Excellent communication skills in English, both in written and oral. Meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

  • Desirable Criteria

    Prior engagement and experience with data-driven design or digital advocacy. Relevant co-design and/or prototyping skills (e.g., software development, interactive prototyping, user experience and service design), depending on vacancy.

  • English Certificate

    Applicants to positions in Aarhus (ESR 1) and Edinburgh (ESR 9-11) will also need to submit an English certificate (see individual vacancy post).

  • MSCA Eligibility - Degree

    You must not already hold a PhD and have less than four years of research experience since you gained the degree that qualifies you for this post, that is, a EU master’s degree (MSc, MA or MFA degree) or equivalent (BA or BSc degree 1st class or 2:1 equivalent). You will need a master degree at the moment of your starting date (June 1).

  • MSCA Eligibility - Residency

    You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the selected country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your recruitment, and you must work on the project full time.

  • MSCA Mobility

    You are expected to be embedded for two to four months at other organizations in the consortium as part of placements and assignments, before returning to complete your PhD in your respective institutes.

  • Covid flexibility

    In agreement with the European Commission, DCODE may adopt a flexible approach to how mobility rules are applied, including remote working and online collaboration until travel and relocation become feasible.

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