Postdoc in Business and Design Specializing in Digitization
University of Gothenburg, Academy of Design and Crafts

Postdoc in Business and Design Specializing in Digitization


Diary id: PAR 2019/1023

Employment level: Fixed term

Location: Academy of Design and Crafts

Apply by: 2019-09-10

HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts is seeking a postdoctoral research in business and design, with a special focus on digitalization and its consequences. For this position, HDK is looking for a researcher that is interested both theoretically and empirically in the meeting between design and business studies, broadly understood, and is working at their intersection.


The research will be carried out at HDK and the Business and Design Lab (BDL), an interdisciplinary research centre for the School of Business, Economics and Law and HDK at the University of Gothenburg.



HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts will merge with Valand Academy on 1 January 2020. Along with the Academy of Music and Drama, the new academy HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design together form Scandinavia’s biggest Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, offering a unique breadth in artistic education and research. We are centrally located in Gothenburg and collaborate closely with actors in local and regional cultural life, as well as having a wide-ranging international network and many international partners. As an employee you can regularly apply for internal funding to pursue and develop your research.


The Business and Design Lab (BDL) is a research platform used by HDK and the School of Business, Economics and Law to support interdisciplinary research in design and business administration in the broadest sense, and to develop transdisciplinary collaborations with the local community so as to contribute to sustainable development locally by bringing together design and the private and public sectors. BDL holds an annual interdisciplinary research seminar series featuring international and national guests in combination with specialised workshops and events. As a postdoc, you will be engaged in BDL’s activities.


Job assignments

This postdoc position comprises primarily research, but other activities, like teaching and administrative tasks, are included. We are looking for someone who can show a high degree of independence in research and is at the same time willing to participate actively in the research being conducted at HDK-Valand and BDL. You should be interested in being part of developing the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research environment within BDL, especially focusing on strengthening the collaboration between HDK, the School of Business, Economics and Law and the local community.



To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the candidate must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant subject area such as business administration, design, management or anthropology. Other areas may also be relevant. Since a postdoc position is a career development position for a junior researcher, we will choose a candidate whose doctoral degree was awarded no earlier than 3 years prior to the closing date for applications.


Under the University of Gothenburg’s regulations, the applicant must have completed their doctoral degree before the closing date for applications.


The successful candidate will be the candidate who is anticipated to be the best qualified to carry out the tasks required in the position based on an overall assessment of his/her expertise and development potential. When assessing qualifications, care will be taken to review the candidates’ scholarly and teaching skills in respect of design and business administration at large, including areas such as management, organization, marketing, entrepreneurship.


The assessment team will assess the applicant's capacity to carry out high-quality interdisciplinary research that can make a contribution to international research in design and business administration. The experience and willingness to carry out transdisciplinary projects will also be considered. The applicant’s personal capacities to cooperate internally and externally in order to perform the described tasks of the position will be taken into account when assessing his or her suitability for the position. In addition, skills in collaborating with the local community and in communicating research and development efforts at the national and international levels are valued.


Interviews may be conducted before a decision on the position is made.

Form of employment Temporary position for 2 years

Percentage of full-time: 100% (teaching and administration are included, the successful candidate may negotiate the extent of these activities)

Location: The Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg

Start date: 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter



For further information:
- Regarding the position please contact Elena Raviola, professor HDK,

- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Märta Jakobsson, HR Officer, 0766185862


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: Märta Jakobsson, BOX 132, Vasagatan 50.


The application must include:

Resume/CV and personal details

Course/degree certificate, academic record or other documentation

Letter of a maximum of two pages in which you explain why you want to apply for this position and propose a research project at the intersection between design and business, with a special focus on digitalization and its consequences for your specific area of interest.

A list of your scholarly achievements, including a brief statement of your own scholarly program for the future.

List of teaching qualifications and experience.

Max five representative and recently produced works of scholarship.

Two references.

The attachments described above must clearly show the name of the applicant and their content.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 10 September 2019


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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