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Third-cycle subject: Mediated Communication; Human-Computer Interaction
Autonomous systems play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives – as tools for automation or collaboration at work, surveillance, for artistic purposes, or for play. In this project we ask how ethics is enacted and shaped in relationship to how autonomous systems are designed, focusing in particular on aerial drones. As we interact with drones, we, in a sense, get superhuman powers: we become cyborgs or centaurs as we get entangled with these autonomous systems.The successful applicant will be enrolled in the third-cycle education in Mediated Communication specialization towards HCI, but will also participate in the WASP-HS research school investigating the effects of Artificial Intelligence on society.
The position is in the Soma Design team at KTH, an interdisciplinary research group. The successful applicant will engage in empirical and conceptual research to critically investigate the social practices arising around autonomous technologies, with a particular focus on drones. This will involve a range of methods, such as ethnography, interactional research, micro-phenomenology, and autoethnography.
What we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
Degree in HCI or 4-year university education in an HCI-related education such as behavioral science, humanities, cognitive science or communication.
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal-oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
The applicant should hold an MSc degree in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Human-Computer Interaction or similar, and have a strong interest in ethics, aesthetics, and design. Ideally, we are looking for a student with prior experience in ethnographic fieldwork: observations, video data, interviews & participant observation. After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.
Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.
Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).
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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: In agreement with supervisor
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Stockholms län
Reference number: J-2019-2984
Last application date: 2020-02-12
|Title||Doctoral student in Critical Analysis of Drones Ethics & Movement|
|Employer||KTH Royal Institute of Technology|
|Job location||Valhallavägen 79, 100 44 Stockholm|
|Published||December 5, 2019|
|Application deadline||February 12, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Ethnology,   Aesthetics,   Ethics,   Computing in Social science, Arts and Humanities,   Human-computer Interaction  |