PhD in Design and Innovation

Trondheim, Norway
23 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD student position (3 years) is available at the Department of Design (ID) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The position is associated with the five-year “Cluster for Co-creative Service Design and Innovation (CCSDI)”

CCSDI is funded by The Research Council of Norway’s Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL) and is led by SINTEF Technology and Society with the Department of Design as main partner. The PhD candidate will work closely with the cluster partners from academia and the public and private sector.

Norway faces an increasing demand for health, care and welfare services and a shortage of personnel. Service innovation, digitalisation and technology introduction may enable the future provision of high quality health care. Co-design represents an opportunity for involving a variety of actors (e.g. service recipients, developers, designers, organisations, health practitioners, researchers, and business) in jointly exploring and developing innovations and new practices. CCSDI is an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral cluster established to build a nationally leading research and development environment addressing the challenges in the area. The cluster brings representatives from the primary and specialist health care and welfare sector and the service design sector together with researchers from service design, ICT, technology management, nursing science and medicine. CCSDI aims to develop new knowledge and competence on co-creative research-based service innovation that can help the health care and welfare services tackle the challenges they face.

Information about the Department

ID is part of the Faculty of Architecture and Design. The department consists of two groups which are about the same size: one at Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim and one in Gjøvik. ID currently has about 25 permanent academic staff members and 9 PhD candidates. Its research strategy focuses on design for sustainability and interaction design (focused on marine and health applications), with additional focus on media innovations, information design and applied aesthetics. Further information concerning the department’s academic profile can be found at


The PhD candidate will contribute to the cluster through an independent research project, by exploring, developing, documenting and evaluating co-creative service design as an approach to service innovation in the health, care and welfare sector. Strong collaboration with the other partners in the cluster is expected, in order to ensure that the research is practice-oriented, follows ongoing service innovation projects and addresses topics that are jointly explored in the cluster. The PhD candidate is expected to publish research results in international peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences. Exhibitions, seminars and workshops are examples of relevant dissemination arenas.


PhD admission requires a relevant Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies, and an average grade of A or B within a scale from A to E for passing grades (A best).

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with their obtained degree.

Given the project’s focus on the Norwegian context, it is expected that candidates are able to read, speak and process the Norwegian language or another Scandinavian language at a high academic level, in addition to possessing strong written and oral skills in the English language.

Preference will be given to applicants that have:

  • An educational background and relevant expertise in at least two of the following five fields: design with and for public services, service innovation, co-design, human-centered design, health and care services
  • experience with academic writing
  • strong work ethics and motivation to succeed within a competitive research field
  • team spirit and excellent collaboration skills

Salary and working conditions

The PhD candidate position is remunerated in code 1017 and is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 900 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme. Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,

Engagement as a PhD candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the announced position is to obtain a PhD degree.

The applicant must commit to undertake organised PhD studies within the employment period. Employment as a PhD candidate requires admission to the PhD programme in Industrial Design Engineering. Information about the PhD education of NTNU and about the specific PhD programme in Industrial Design Engineering can be found at respectively: and

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.
The position adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender.


Applications must include:

  • A letter of motivation of max 2 pages
  • A preliminary research plan of max 4 pages
  • CV with information on education and previous research experience
  • Authorized documentation of diplomas and certificates
  • A publication list or other relevant scientific and design work

The preliminary research plan should form the foundation for evaluation of admission to PhD training at the faculty. The preliminary research plan should be no more than 4 pages and outlines the titles, main research question(s), relevant literature and proposed methods including preliminary data sources for 3-4 articles that will constitute a thesis. The plan should also include a brief introduction that outlines the project and its contribution to the field. Candidates should also briefly discuss how their research plan relates to the cluster’s focus. The final research plan must be accepted at the latest six months after admission for the admission to the PhD programmme to be valid.
Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what she/he contributed to the work.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Associate Professor Marikken Høiseth by e-mail or Head of Department Ole Andreas Alsos by e-mail
For information about processing of applications, please contact HR: Tina Sørevik:
An application including attachments should be sent electronically through: Attachments may also be sent to: NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Design, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway.

Please mark the application 2017/38584

Application Deadline: 14.01.18

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Kolbjørn Hejes Vei 2 B, 7491 Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 146080
  • Internal ID 17/38584
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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