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PhD Student

The research group Digital Life of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is looking for a


PhD Student


PhD within European Innovative Training Network DCODE: Prototyping new professional roles and design practices for the digital society


  • Challenge: Emerging needs of responsible and inclusive design practices
  • Change: Post disciplinary job profile descriptions and roles for the design field in the future
  • Impact: New alignments and innovative collaboration across disciplines and sectors


Your challenge

You will be part of a European network of 15 PhD projects on cutting-edge, postdisciplinary research aiming to form the next generation of researchers and leaders capable of anticipating and responsibly guiding the digital transformation of society towards inclusive and sustainable futures, see www.dcode-network.eu.

This particular project is about identifying the post disciplinary knowledge and skills needed for future collaboration across different disciplines and sectors in the field of design, with focus on prototyping new professional roles and developing speculative job profiles. In this project we will explore how the iterative deployment of small teams with different disciplinary background in real-world settings (“prototeams”) within DCODE enables us to speculate, situate and understand the emerging and future needs of responsible and inclusive design practices.

You will be based at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, under the supervision of prof. Somaya Ben Allouch and enrolled as a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology under the supervision of prof. Elisa Giaccardi and dr. Nazli Cila. Your co-supervisor will be prof. Johan Redström (Umeå Institute of Design).


Key responsibilities

  • Managing and carrying out your own research project;
  • Working across disciplines and sectors in collaboration with other PhDs within the DCODE network;
  • Participating in the research and training activities within the DCODE network;
  • Attending progress and management meetings as required, and networking with the other research groups;
  • Writing articles for scientific peer-reviewed venues;
  • Writing progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web;
  • Disseminating your research in the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public engagement.


What your working environment would be

The research group Digital Life is part of the research center Creative Innovation of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry. Students and researchers work together in challenging projects in the field of media, ICT and fashion. Research takes place as much as possible within the companies and institutions with which we collaborate, but there are also various labs where new technologies can be researched and where students carry out (graduation) assignments.

Being part of the DCODE network offers unique possibilities for training: dedicated summer/winter schools for all PhD candidates in which training will be delivered by renowned academics and practitioners; participation in "prototeams", e.g., teams of PhD candidates with different disciplinary backgrounds who will engage with the real world to ethically develop and iteratively prototype future technologies, design roles and practices; exchanges abroad for training and collaboration with others partners; a wealth of resources for European training and collaboration.


Talent as a basis, diversity as a strenght

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences wants to be an organization in which everyone feels welcome, appreciated and at home. As an employer, we believe that the more inclusive we are, the better we can perform as a knowledge institution of and for the city. We therefore strive to see the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that Amsterdam has to offer reflected in the workforce of our university. If you have tips on how we can improve our communication in the field of diversity and inclusion, let us know


About you

  • An EU Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, i.e. Speculative Design, Transdisciplinary Design, Transition Design, Design Anthropology, Organizational Studies, Innovation Sciences;
  • Demonstrable profession (design) experience is a plus, but not a necessity for this PhD position;
  • Ability to conduct and deliver high quality research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
  • A passion for improving people’s lives through better design and a demonstrable interest in the role of technology in society;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both in written and oral.


Eligibility Criteria

DCODE is funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and to be eligible for this funding you must meet the following criteria:

You must not already hold a PhD and have less than four years of research experience since you gained the degree that qualifies you for this post, that is, a EU master’s degree (MSc, MA or MFA degree) or equivalent (BA or BSc degree 1st class or 2:1 equivalent);

You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the selected country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your recruitment;

You must work on the project full-time.

Please ensure that this information is clear on your CV. Researchers can be of any nationality.


Mobility Criteria

D-CODE is funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and ESRs are expected to be embedded and engage for two to four months at other organizations in the consortium as part of placements and prototeam assignments, before returning to complete their PhD in their respective institutes.



The COVID-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions for many researchers, projects and organisations, including those working with EU funding. In agreement with the European Commission, D-CoDE may adopt a flexible approach to how mobility rules are applied, including remote working and online collaboration until the situation has stabilised and travel and relocation become feasible.

Salary and Terms

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a (gross) salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers comprising a living allowance of 3,270 €/month, mobility allowance of 600 €/month, and family allowance of 500 €/month (depending on family status). The approximate gross salary stated above is subject to employer's statutory deductions and the amount varies according to the living costs of the host country. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.

In addition to their individual salaries, all fellows will benefit from support from the hosting organization for secondments, training modules and active participation in workshops and conferences. Visa costs and tuition fees are eligible.


Application procedure

The application deadline is February 14th. You are allowed to apply for multiple positions, but you are required to indicate this in the cover letter and indicate priority. 


Applicants should submit: 

  • A cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD as part of D-CODE, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory;
  • Mention the following reference number for the job offer: EURAXESS is 587517;
  • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency);
  • A research statement outlining what questions would you be interested in pursuing within the scope of the PhD, and how would you go about addressing those questions (3 to 5 pages);
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc);
  • Contact details of 1-3 professional references;
  • A sample of writing, e.g., master thesis, scientific publications, professional or popular science writing;
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. design portfolio, artworks, patents, professional media content (if any).


You can sent the needed documents to vacatures@hva.nl. 


What else you need to know

  • All interviews will be conducted in English;
  • Selected candidates will be invited for interviews;
  • Online interviews will take place in the weeks of March 1-12, 2021 (first round) and March 22-26, 2021 (second round);
  • The position is scheduled to start June 1st, 2021;
  • This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In the event of equivalent suitability, internal candidates will be given preference over external candidates;
  • We apply the AUAS Job Application Code to this vacancy’s recruitment and selection process.
    No (recruitment) agencies please.


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