PhD Position in Human-Computer Interaction

Uppsala University Department of Informatics and Media

Sweden

PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction

Published: 2022-09-12

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University conducts education and research at Ekonomikum in Uppsala and Campus Gotland in Visby. At the department, various aspects of digitization's prerequisites, possibilities, and consequences are studied in relation to individuals, organizations, and social institutions. For more information, see the department's website: http://www.im.uu.se/.

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Duties/Project description:

The position is placed at the unit for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Informatics and Media, Faulty of Social Sciences, in the project "No Man's Land: Young Women's Mental Health" https://uu.se/forskning/womher/natverk/forskningsprojekt at the Department of Women's and Children's Health at the Faculty of Medicine, and WOMHER: Uppsala University Center for Women's Mental Health: https://uu. see/research/womher. WOMHER is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes women's mental health, and the project "No Man's Land" focuses on understanding the significance of young women's mental ill-health as well as on explanatory factors and mechanisms behind this. The project also studies the consequences of mental illness, where the aim is to contribute with both preventive and mitigating measures. The project forms an interdisciplinary base for research on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and other societal impact and is expected to become a resource for future generations of researchers.

The doctoral candidate will study the potential relationships between mental (ill)health and digital media use among young women. The project will collaborate with the Swedish Media Council (https://www.statensmedierad.se). The doctoral student will have access to their quantitative data on these issues, which will be supplemented with more in-depth qualitative approaches.

Education at PhD level covers four years full-time and is financed through employment as a doctoral candidate. The doctoral candidate is expected to devote their main working time to education at research level and is expected to actively participate in the department's seminar activities, workshops, conferences, and in the activities of the interdisciplinary research project "No Man's Land". The position means an opportunity for affiliation with WOMHER's research school. Doctoral students can take part in their courses on women's mental health within an interdisciplinary research environment: https://uu.se/forskning/womher/womhers-forskarskola. Other duties such as teaching and research administration - in English and/or Swedish - may also be included within the scope of employment (max. 20%).

Requirements

In order to be admitted to graduate level education in human-computer interaction, the applicant must have completed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or acquired equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad. A suitable background is a master's degree in human-computer interaction or in another relevant social science discipline. A general specification of the doctoral education can be downloaded from: http://www.samfak.uu.se/.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in young women's mental health and with an interest in interdisciplinary research. Great emphasis will be placed on the candidate's personal suitability. Desirable qualities include proven collaborative skills, initiative, independence, a reflective and analytical approach. Very good communication skills, incl. the ability to express oneself in English in both speech and writing is necessary.

Knowledge of English equivalent to English 6 (Swedish bachelor's degree fulfills the requirement in English) is a requirement. It is possible to demonstrate that the language requirements are met through TOEFL/IELTS/Previous high school or university studies.

Desirable skills/meritorious

(i) courses in human-computer interaction (in case the master's degree is in another subject); (ii) experience in the research process, including writing scientific articles and its presentation at conferences and publication in scientific journals; (iii) experience/training in both qualitative and quantitative methods; (iv) work experience from professional work in business and/or the public sector; (v) Swedish language skills; (vi); demonstrable knowledge of feminist methods and theories; (vii) demonstrable knowledge of mental health.

When the university hires new doctoral students, the applicants will be chosen who, after a qualitative overall assessment of competence and skill, are judged to have the best conditions to carry out and develop current tasks, especially within the current doctoral projects, as well as contribute to a positive development of the activities in the area.

The merits must be documented so that both quality and extent can be assessed.

Interviews will be held via physical interview at Uppsala University or via the internet

Additional information:

For a description of PhD Programme within the Department of Informatics and Media, see http://www.samfak.uu.se and https://im.uu.se/education/phd-studies/

Further information about the Subject Human-Computer Interaction see https://www.im.uu.se/research/human-computer-interaction/

Further information about PhD studies at Uppsala University is available at: http://www.uu.se/utbildning/utbildningar/forskarutbildning/

Complete applications must include:

  • Filled out application form for admission to the doctoral program http://uadm.uu.se/digitalAssets/81/81626_ansokan_forskarniva.pdf
  • A concise letter of application documenting:A dissertation plan (two pages, in English). The plan should cover theoretical approach, aim, research questions, type of data, method and time plan.
    1. The motives why you are applying, your research interest, and relevant experiences for the PhD post (max 500 words)
    2. A list of documents submitted to support the application
    3. If more than one academic work is handed in, you should name one of them to be prioritized by the admission committee.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé, including English proficiency, with certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date, proving eligibility,
  • A copy of independently written work produced within the applicant's course of studies (e.g. bachelor or master thesis; include a draft if not completed) or other relevant text(s)
  • Other documents the applicant may wish to attach in support of their application (e.g. English test results).

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Start date 1 January 2023. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Lina Eklund, lina.eklund@im.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 14 October 2022, UFV-PA 2022/3281.

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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%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/3281

Last application date: 2022-10-14

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