School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Job description

The applicant will join the ongoing ERC-funded project ‘intimate touch’ which seeks to re-conceptualise how technologies use touch to interact with us. Bringing intimacy as a lens on touch inspires us to think about the felt experience of touch, the diversity of places on the body where we will be touched by technology, and the sense that touch can be transformative of our view of ourselves. This project will develop the theory, methods and technologies of Intimate Touch. It will bring together research in Human-Computer Interaction on intimate technologies with new interaction techniques, alongside psychological theories on intimacy and neuroscience perspectives on touch. Designing technologies for Intimate Touch will be foundational in creating dignified and acceptable interactions between humans and technologies. The applicant will work with soft robotics and haptic technologies to help to design, develop and study fully-fledged applications in the real world. The applicant will also undertake quantitative and qualitative analysis of existing and new datasets to help explore intimacy with technology with a view to developing a theoretical perspective on intimacy with technology alongside design and ethical guidelines to better support the design of technologies that touch the body. 

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Experience conducting research in relation to intimate health topics.
  • Experience teaching in subjects related to human-computer interaction and user experience at both undergraduate and / or masters level
  • A capacity to act in a supporting role for PhD level and / or masters level researchers

Preferred Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Excellent skills in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • A proven ability specific research tasks independently
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality
  • Research expertise
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of relevant PhD diploma from your previous university studies. Translations into English if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment In agreement with supervisor
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2023-1370
  • Madeline Balaam, Associate Professor,
  • Sarah Kullgren, HR,
Published 23.May.2023
Last application date 02.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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