Postdoc fellowship in Creative Tools Aarhus University, Department of Information Studies and Digital Design, School of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts Denmark

Postdoc fellowship in Creative Tools 902030


The research projects Creative Tools, financed by the Aarhus University Research Foundation, and CoCreate, financed by the Velux Foundations, at the Department of Information Studies and Digital Design, School of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment begins on 1 August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Research context

Digital tools play an increasingly central role in human creativity, but we know little about how they affect the creative process. As a result, many tools are poorly suited to support creative practices, especially when it comes to collaboration. For instance, very few digital tools employed in the creative industries directly support collaborative creative sessions, and most of the software employed only allows one person using one computer to work on one file at a time; sharing it with others implies a string of tasks that break the creative flow and impede quality and productivity. The Creative Tools and CoCreate projects seek to develop a better understanding of digital tools in collaborative creativity, which can help us build better digital tools for supporting creativity in the future. In the projects, we will therefore both study the benefits and shortcomings of digital tools used in creative work today, and combine this knowledge with insights from humanistic IT research to develop and deploy prototypes of novel digital tools that present meaningful alternative ways of integrating digital tools in the creative process. 


The successful applicant will collaborate closely with the project manager, Associate Professor Peter Dalsgaard, and the CoCreate and Creative Tools project teams, which include 6-8 senior and junior researchers in the field of digital creativity. 


The Creative Tools and CoCreate projects are part of a suite of five research projects exploring the use of digital tools in creativity and knowledge work. The applicant can thus expect to work in a strong and focused research group of approximately 15 colleagues including junior and senior researchers, with ambitions to be at the international forefront in the field of digital creativity research. The successful applicant will also be affiliated with the highly ranked HCI research group at Aarhus University ( and the Centre for Advanced Visualisation and Interaction (


Research profile

The postdoc project will focus on the design and implementation of techniques for improving ways of working with digital tools and materials for creative professionals, and deploying and studying these in real-life situations. The methodology of the project will be participatory design, experimental systems development, and user interface systems research. The overarching objective will be to use insights into state of the art practices and technologies for collaborative creative work, and to develop, deploy, and assess prototypes of novel tools to improve collaborative creative work.



Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent in human-computer interaction, interaction design, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), or a similar field, as well as strong technical, theoretical and experimental proficiency.


Applicants must document previous experience of the design and implementation of interactive systems, particularly collaborative systems and/or creativity support systems. Applicants are expected to have shown excellence in research through publications in top HCI venues.


The successful applicant will be expected to participate in research-based project activities, lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as in supervising students.


As part of their application, applicants should provide a research statement (i.e. what research do you imagine you will do) and explain how their research relates and contributes to the thematic research frame of the Creative Tools project. Please keep these statements to a maximum of three pages.


The application must be submitted in English.


School of Communication and Culture

The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website. 


The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures, and the arts and aesthetics. Read more about the school's academics. 


For further information on the research aspects, please contact Associate Professor Peter Dalsgaard, 


Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.



  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.

  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than five examples of academic production. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.


All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.



All applications must be made online and received by:



Please apply online here 

Faculty of Arts


The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.


The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.


With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 12,500 BA and MA students, and 2,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.


The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.



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