The Oslo School of Architecture and Design - Oslo

PhD fellowship in Service Design for Health Services

Service design and interaction design are rapidly growing domains in design and are increasingly present in commercial and public sectors in Norway. A design research PhD position is now available to further develop the service design/interaction design research field within the area of healthcare. The position is centered in practice oriented design inquiry using designing as a means to research.

We are interested in doctoral design researchers who are motivated to apply, design and critique the design of services for the public sector. We further invite proposals with a main focus on bridging relations between Service Design and Interaction Design. The doctoral researcher in this new position will work closely as part of a service design team within C3 together with partner researchers in healthcare, business and ICT. The Service Design research group at AHO is part of our Centre for Design Research (CDR) and draws on a strong tradition of research by design. The advertised position is part of the wider design and research strategy of the Institute for Design at AHO that encompasses the CDR (, the Centre for Service Innovation, and DOT (Design for public service –


Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in a design field of relevance (eg. Service Design, Systems Oriented Design, Interaction Design, Design Management, Visual Communication, Product Design). Practical experience in service design and/or interaction design is required for this position. We invite applications within one or more of the above research areas, and your application should include:

  1. A fully completed Application Form (see below) with uploaded educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  2. A letter of application describing why the applicant is motivated to carry out a PhD and feels qualified for this position. In particular the applicant should describe the question from the above list that they are particularly interested in, and explain their motivation to work with it (maximum of two A4 pages).
  3. A written project proposal (up to five pages) detailing the theme, types of problem and the research method(s) you propose to use in your project.
  4. A portfolio of your work/design experience.
  5. A Curriculum Vitae (contact details, summary of education, positions and academic work, academic publications, design work, competencies in software etc.) especially highlighting aspects relevant to this proposal.
  6. List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee, if not included in the CV.
  7. Examples of academic publications and work written (where relevant) by the applicant. Three works maximum.
  8. Names and contact details of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail address and telephone number).

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