Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Product Design

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Product Design (PD) is a creative and internationally oriented institute with approx. 30 employees. We work with products, services and systems and are committed to close links with the business community. We offer a bachelor's programme in product design and a master in design in complexity, as well as a PhD programme in innovation for sustainability. The department has three research fields in the areas of design/aesthetics/materiality, systemic design and design for health.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities, within design, art and technical subjects. The faculty has approximately 3.000 students and 280 staff members, and is situated at Kjeller Campus in Viken and in Pilestredet Campus, in downtown Oslo.

The Department of Product Design (PD) offers bachelor and master’s degree programs, as well as performing research and development activities. The department has approximately 35 staff members and 160 students.

There is currently one research group at the Department of Product Design, but the open position will require cooperation with different groups from the departments of IT and Health. The position is open for a period of three years.

The successful candidate will work on a project entitled, “Service Design Innovation through Inclusive Health and Care Technologies”, which is funded by the Faculty of Technology Art and Design. The work will be completed in collaboration with different partners, including business, health service providers and research groups from Health and Product Design departments at Oslo Metropolitan University.

The project addresses the utilisation of smart technologies for development of innovative services within the health sector. The candidate will join a team which will help to develop a network between academia, businesses, and the health sector. They will participate in developing services as well as producing new knowledge about methodologies and theoretical perspectives relative to the use of smart technologies within the health sector. 

The successful candidate is expected to produce novel ideas in the domain of service design related to technological implementation by: 

  • Developing methodological approaches for interdisciplinary research 
  • Improving human-technology touchpoints in smart health contexts in theory and practice
  • Improving participatory processes in service design projects
  • Providing service design or user perspective on innovation approaches
  • Use of smart technologies for developing service components
  • Actively contributing to the development of high-quality education
  • Active contribution to the development of the Product Design department, and within OsloMet at large
  • Participation in developing major new research projects and applications for external funding together with colleagues at OsloMet and beyond

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Research on state of the art of smart health-based services
  • Conducting field work in health institutions and design agencies
  • Dissemination of the project results and outcomes through appropriate channels
  • Assisting in administrative requirements and contributing to building networks as a project partner

Qualification requirements

  • PhD degree in the field of design, service design, engineering, or technological innovation - with experience in one or more of the following:
    • o User based development of technological solutions.
    • o Healthcare innovation
    • o Service design
    • o Human-Computer Interaction
    • o Mixed Methods, Design Science and Participatory Design
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

General criteria for evaluating educational competence are described by OsloMet’s criteria for evaluating educational competence.

When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on

  • Familiarity with the healthcare system
  • The applicant's topical profile relative to the focus of the project

Desired personal skills

  • Good communicative and cooperative abilities
  • Ability to complete tasks
  • Ability to work independently; take initiative, plan, dimension, and direct own work

It is important that OsloMet reflects the populace of our region, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace, making adaptations as required. You are welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have been out of work, education or training.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for application:

  • CV (including the name and contact information of at least three references)
  • Full list of publications
  • Copies of certificates/diplomas
  • Full text of your latest 5 publications
  • A plan of up to three pages including references outlining how you propose to conduct this post-doctoral project
  • A copy or summary of your PhD thesis
  • All other relevant documentation

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or in a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates that are invited to interview will be expected to present their original documents. OsloMet performs document checks in order to assure that all candidates are afforded proper evaluation and to ensure fair competition.

Before submitting application documents to the Expert Committee, all applications will be reviewed by the faculty. Applicants who do not meet the formal qualification requirements will not be submitted for assessment.

We can offer you

  • An opportunity to engage in the development of new educational programs
  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • Participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
  • The opportunity to be part of the development of a young and ambitious university with an entrepreneurial culture
  • Academic development as part of a group of committed colleagues
  • Academic development in a professional research environment
  • Pension arrangements through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural activities
  • Working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural activities

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

 Other information

For more information about the position, feel free to contact Associate Professor Nenad Pavel, pnenad@oslomet.no

The position is remunerated in accordance with the Norwegian State salary scale Post doctor 1352. The salary is NOK 543 500 – 702 100 per year, pay level 60-74.

OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration which obliges the institution to follow the recommendations of this declaration.

Type of employment Fixed-term post
Contract type Full time
Salary I henhold til statens lønnsregulativ
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/10003
  • Nenad Pavel,, pnenad@oslomet.no
Published 13.Oct.2021
Last application date 31.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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