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[Commlist] Postdoc position in user experiences and hybrid design for museum exhibitions

Tue Feb 25 18:30:55 GMT 2020


Postdoc in user experiences and hybrid design for museum exhibitions

The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a Postdoc position starting on 1 August 2020 or soon thereafter, for a duration of three years.

The project is a cooperation between ITU and The Frederiksberg Museums, funded by Ny Carlsbergfondet. The purpose of the project is to explore the potential for sensual user experiences which combine digital technologies with the physical museum spaces and exhibits.

In particular, the project is focused on performance arts and site-specific experiences, exploring how digital media can complement the material museum artefacts and offer experiences that better capture the performative aspect of immaterial heritage, without coming at the expense of authentic encounters with the actual museum space. A fulfillment of this potential requires research to better understand the sensual experiences that the audience currently has at the different venues of The Frederiksberg Museums, as well as an understanding of how we can experience place and presence via digital media. This dual understanding will inform a series of innovative experiments that connect the digital and physical domains in a meaningful way.

The project will focus on two museum venues, representing two different design challenges for hybrid experience design. First, Alhambra - museum for humor and satire is responsible for presenting the heritage of the Danish tradition for humor and satire on stage. This heritage has a strong immaterial and performative dimension, as live performances form a central part of this tradition. Therefore, the project will explore challenges and potentials for bringing the intangible heritage of this tradition to life through hybrid digital/physical designs.

Second, the newly restored historic rooms in Bakkehuset represent a challenge for the integration of digital technologies within an authentic historic interior. How can hybrid designs augment the physical space with digital media to aid engagement and learning without interfering in the encounter with the historic interior?

The project will be carried out in close cooperation with museum staff. Partly to ensure the incorporation of existing knowledge about collections and visitor experiences, but also to embed the knowledge that the project produces within the organization. Therefore, the postdoc will have a dedicated workspace both at ITU and The Frederiksberg Museums.

In addition to contributing to the research activities of the project the candidate is expected to consistently publish and disseminate results and insights from the project in leading scientific journals, as well as participate in relevant scientific conferences and other activities to raise awareness of the project.

*Qualification requirements*

§A PhD in a research field such as museum studies, (digital) design, HCI or another relevant field.

§Candidates who can document experience with practice-based research methods, e.g. research-through-design, action research, co-design, will be prioritized.

§Concrete experience with exhibition design and museum communication will be an advantage.

§Fluency in Danish, both written and spoken, will be an advantage in order to access source material in Danish and in the daily collaboration with museum staff.


The application, and included documents, can be in English or Danish. The application must include the following:

§A cover letter where the candidate motivates their application and argues for their qualifications for the position.

§A short project description (1-2 pages) that accounts for how the applicant expect to contribute with research in the project.

§A full CV with name, address, phone number, email address, educational background, previous positions as well as other relevant competences and professional experience.

§Copies of educational diplomas.

§Copies of the three scientific publications that the candidates deem most relevant for the project.

§A numbered list of publications with the enclosed publications marked with an asterisk (*).

Applications that lack the above mentioned documents will not be considered.

Early contact with the points of contact below is strongly encouraged.

*General information*
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

The Frederiksberg Museums is a cluster of five museums and exhibition-spaces. Read more at: <>.

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

*Application procedure*
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website:

Questions about the position can be directed to The Frederiksberg Museums, Director Astrid la Cour (phone 28578688; email (alc /at/ or ITU, Associate Professor Anders Sundnes Løvlie (e-mail (asun /at/

The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

Application deadline:* 1 April 2020 at 23:59 CET/CEST.*

Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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