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PhD - Using UX and interaction design for decarbonizing the maritime sector

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) k

Oslo, Norway

Jan 24
Job Description

We call for a practice-based PhD in interaction design that will explore the development of user interface design for energy-efficient decision-making by a variety of users on ships and on land. The PhD research will be positioned within interaction design practice with an emphasis on doing design experiments and analysis of design cases as part of the work. The research may contribute to a wide range of field such as interaction design research in domains such as design systems, behavioral design, gamification, human-automation interaction and multimodal interactions.

The project will take place at the Ocean Industries Concept Lab (OICL), a leading design research group in Norway hosted by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design – The PhD candidate will benefit from OICL´s expertise in interaction design applied to the design of maritime workplaces. The project will be integrated with ongoing PhD and industrial research projects at OICL on design systems, augmented reality and remote maritime operations.

The PhD candidate will be part of the OpenBridge design team at OICL and contribute directly to its further development and roll out – OpenBridge is the world’s only opensource design system for user interface design in maritime workplaces. Initiated by OICL and collaboratively developed by a global community of industrial and regulatory actors, OpenBridge has been accessed by more than 2000 users from 700 different organisations in 50 countries since its open-source release in 2020. By leveraging the community of users of OpenBridge and its design resources to implement new approaches to user interface design for energy-efficient decision-making, this PhD project has the potential to generate a direct and significant impact on global maritime emission reduction.

The main supervisor will be Professor Kjetil Nordby who has long experience in supervising practice-based design PhDs. He has a solid track record in supporting strong creative and analytical designers that might lack experience in academic writing. The preferred mode of a thesis by compilation provides structured support for learning to write to academic venues and publications, including collaborative and independently authored works.

Design work in practice will consist of user-centred, iterative design prototyping and evaluation in realistic contexts of use, with direct access to ships and ship operators. The whole OpenBridge network will be made available to the candidate, including experts in energy consumption modelling and simulation.

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is an internationally leading, specialized university within the disciplines design, architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. AHO offers a unique research-based education of international standing. Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally. AHO awards three Master’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design, as well as a PhD programme. AHO offers Master’s degree programmes that are designed to best equip the student to enter directly into professional practice or academia. Within the Master’s programmes, students may specialise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, industrial design, interaction design, service and systems-oriented design. In its education, the school follows a studio-based model with a low faculty-to-student ratio that encourages individual development and collaboration. The school has approximately 800 students and 270 employees wich amounts to 160 person-years.

The Institute of Design (IDE) at AHO is one of the leading Nordic design-institutions. The Institute of Design is responsible for AHO’s 5-year integrated Master-programme in Design and has a broad portfolio of research projects that connects across disciplines and domains. The institute takes a broad, holistic approach to design that emphasizes the relevance and importance of design within contemporary society.

Our perspective is that good design creates aesthetic and functional products, services and experiences that delight and improve the lives of people and contribute to a sustainable future. The institute develops research and teaching within and across the fields of industrial design, interaction design, service design, and systems oriented design. IDE collaborates closely with industry, public sector and governance, and is an important actor in research- and innovation-projects. The institute has an extensive international and national network across industry and academia, covering both the growing digital sector, as well as established areas such as healthcare, maritime industry, future-studies and innovation, and service development in the public and private sector. AHO’s design alumni are found in leading design studios and consultancies, in tech-companies, in industry, in research and innovation projects, as well as in policy and governance. The Institute of Design is internationally recognized and highly ranked; projects from the institute are frequently represented in national and international design awards.

It is central for us that we develop and maintain a staff with a diverse and balanced mix of gender, age and social and cultural background. Women and persons with a minority background are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. AHO is eager to support career development.