PhD position system design: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway calls for applications to one full-time Ph.D. Research Fellow on System Oriented Design for a three year period starting September 2011.

Applicants for the PhD position in System Oriented design must hold a master’s degree in industrial design, interaction design, graphic design or interior design. The successful applicant for this PhD position in Norway will join the research project Ulstein Bridge Concept which is an innovation project together with the Norwegian shipyard company Ulstein Group and other partners from the maritime sector.

This three year PhD position in System Design (September 2011-September 2014), funded by the Research Council of Norway (NRC), is part of a wider project into Systems Oriented Design at the Institute of Design at AHO. The project, Ulstein Bridge Concept, has as its focus the development of holistic, system oriented design perspectives on ship bridge development in the Norwegian maritime sector. New ship bridge design will be carried out that encompasses complexity and safety in very complex marine operations. It will build support for and collaboration with leading ship development partners. The shaping of design centered knowledge and processes tailored for very complex activities in the maritime sector will be generated in the project and doctoral research.

PhD Position Requirements:
Applicants for the PhD Research Fellow on System Oriented Design, Norway must hold a Master’s degree in interaction design, product design, interior design or graphic design. Experience and knowledge from soft and critical systems thinking and other systems perspectives, scenario thinking and forecasting or similar would be an advantage. Design experience and practice, preferably from complex design projects, is also of importance.

The PhD application must include:
  • An application letter
  • A fully completed application form (see below)
  • A tentative project description of maximum 5 pages
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of design work showing five projects
  • Copies of educational certificates (foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system)
  • 2 references or recommendations explaining why, in the referee’s opinion, the candidate is qualified to undertake the prospective research at AHO
  • If relevant: List of publications and/or academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue: documentation of knowledge of English (TOEFL-test or similar)
All documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

For further information, please contact:
Research administrator Birgitte Oppegaard Pollen ( or
Professor / project leader Birger Sevaldson (

Application Procedure

The application (with all enclosures) for this PhD position in system design must be submitted in 5 paper copies and sent to:

Ulstein Bridge Concept – Ph.D. Fellow
P.b. 6768 St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo Norway

In addition, the application must be sent electronically to
In the subject field, please write “Systems Oriented Design”.

Note: Application deadline to the PhD Research Fellow on System Oriented Design, Norway is 16 May, 2011.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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