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OPEN POSITIONS 1 postdoctoral position in design, craft and society with a focus on migration


The Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) and School of Global Studies (SGS) are looking for a postdoctoral candidate to conduct research on the relationship between design, society and migration. The research is conducted at HDK and SGS as well as within the Centre on Global Migration (CGM). Employment is for a limited period of two years.  The application deadline is april 7th 2017.

Recruitment is carried out as a collaboration between the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) and School of Global Studies (SGS) with organisational affiliation at HDK. Working hours are divided equally between the two institutions.


The ambition of HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts, is to be one of Europe’s most attractive and exciting fine arts academies. The Academy pursues research and education in the fields of design, crafts and educational sciences. The institution involves itself in social issues large and small and helps contribute to a sustainable society and a brighter future. 

The design and crafts subjects develop design and artistic expressions in dialogue with both societal and artistic contexts, alongside design and craft techniques, materials and methods determined by the practitioner. Research carried out at HDK relates to topics such as Critical Heritage, Child Culture Design, Citizen Multimodal Learning, Design Politics and Sustainable Markets.

SGS – the School of Global Studies – is an interdisciplinary university environment with research and training on current social issues with a global perspective. This involves research and education in peace and development studies, social science environmental studies, social anthropology, human rights, regional studies, world culture and globalised cultural heritage (Museion). Research at the school occurs in several interdisciplinary research groups, such as Migration and Diversity, Global Gender Studies, Global Heritage Studies, Reconstruction and Intervention, and Indigenous Studies.

CGM – The Centre on Global Migration – is an interdisciplinary centre of expertise and research at the University of Gothenburg working closely with external parties in society. The centre consists of researchers from the Faculty of Arts; School of Business, Economics and Law; Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts; Sahlgrenska Academy; Faculty of Social Sciences; IT Faculty; and Faculty of Education. The joint objective is to conduct research on ‘migration trajectories’ in a globalised world, based on a multidisciplinary approach.

Research carried out in the postdoctoral position will be through the Centre on Global Migration (CGM), and the postdoctoral position is stationed at both HDK and SGS, which means that the person receiving the position is expected to spend time in both settings.

Responsibilities include

The postdoctoral position involves 80% research, 15% work atthe Centre on Global Migration and 5% teaching. We are looking for someone who wants to take an active part in research at the Centre on Global Migration. You should be interested in developing the multidisciplinary research environment within the Centre on Global Migration and particularly in developing multidisciplinary research between HDK and the School of Global Studies with a focus on design or craft, as well as society and migration. Work at CGM will also have administrative components.


Qualifications for employment in the doctoral position include a PhD in a relevant subject area. Because the postdoctoral position is a career development position for junior researchers, our focus is on those who have a doctoral degree that is not older than 3 years from the day of application.

Grounds for assessment 

After an overall assessment of skills and development potential, the selected applicant for the position is to be deemed to have the best potential for carrying out the assignments that are part of the position. In examining the person’s qualifications, the scientific and educational proficiencyin design, social and political issues and migration will be scrutinized.

The applicant’s personal qualities of being able to collaborate internally and externally to carry out the assignments described above will be considered in assessing suitability for the position. In addition, importance will be attached to the ability to interact with the surrounding society and to disseminate information about research and development efforts at national and international levels. Interviews may be appropriate before decisions on the position are made.


  • Employment type: A limited period of two years
  • Extent of employment: Full time
  • Location: Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK)
  • Date of start: August 1st 2017
  • Reference number: PER 2017/84

Contact information 

Erling Björgvinsson, Professor in Design, phone +46 31 786 3325,erling.bjorgvinsson@gu.se

Isabell Schierenbeck, Professor in Political Science and Deputy Head of Department and  at the School of Global Studies, phone +46 31 786 5947, isabell.schierenbeck@globalstudies.gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg 


Applications should be made online and include:

  • Qualifications/CV and personal information
  • Course certificates, transcripts or other documents attached.
  • Statement of intent on a maximum of two pages in which the applicant sheds light on how he/she wants to work if he/she is appointed to the position
  • Presentation of academic qualifications containing a concise account of the applicant’s own academic activities, etc.
  • Statement of educational qualifications.
  • A representative and recently produced example of design, crafts or academic work.
  • References.
  • Attachments of all of the above items are included and identified appropriately with the applicant’s name and content.


Application deadline april 7th 2017


The University actively promotes equal opportunities, equality and valuing the qualities diversity brings to the business.

University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students

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.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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