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Industrial PhD on Affective Healthcare Design

IT-Universitetet i København


Digital technologies are increasingly seen as vital for the management of chronic diseases. At Daman, we are building the future digital health platform to improve the quality of life for chronic patients while reducing the costs for healthcare. In this role, you will be engaged in an industrial PhD in collaboration with the IT University of Copenhagen. If you are passionate about developing novel concepts for driving behavioral change among people with chronic diseases, please do let us know!

We invite highly motivated individuals to apply for the Industrial PhD position starting preferable 15 July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Industrial PhD is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark.

Role & Requirements
You will be engaged in a 3-year industrial PhD project exploring an affect-oriented approach to designing interactions for improving patient lives.
The aim of the project is to cultivate affective and emotional features when adapting to a life with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases. The project seeks to develop new forms of interaction design that use micro-interactional features to support macro-relational changes in people’s lives. The overall focus will be on delivering value by designing affective interactions that explore a number of technological platforms with focus on the RheumaBuddy digital service.

In the PhD fellowship you will collaborate with the IT University of Copenhagen and Daman. You will be employed by Daman and enrolled in the PhD School at ITU. Your work will be partly located physically at the university and partly at the Daman office in Copenhagen.

You & Your Qualifications
We expect that you

  • Have a genuine interest in healthcare and digital health services
  • Hold a master’s degree in interaction design or participatory design
  • Have attained at least a grade of 10 (Danish scale) for any final thesis/examination project
  • Are able to work independently as well as in teams
  • Are able to communicate with high proficiency in Danish and English
  • Are well-structured in your work
As this PhD fellowship is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark, kindly note the requirements listed in this this document (page 3-4).

  • The application must be in English and must include:
  • A cover letter;
  • A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, and a state of the art grasp of the targeted research field matching the project description above;
  • Documentation of academic degree(s); grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement;
  • Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references;
  • Applications may also include a relevant scientific publication written by the applicant, or the applicants master thesis. Letters of recommendation can also be included in the application

Applications without the above-mentioned documents will not be assessed.

It is understood that even highly qualified applicants will satisfy these requirements to varying degrees, for example because of differences in publication cultures in various research fields.

Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.

About the IT University of Copenhagen
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. ITU has more than 160 full-time academics. 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. Learn more about ITU at

At ITU, the project will be affiliated with the Affective Interaction & Relations (AIR) Lab and Research Group in the Digital Design Department. The Lab offers an experimental design space for exploring affective and emotional aspects of living with digital and interactive technologies. See more on Your main academic supervisor will be Associate Professor in Interaction Design, Jonas Fritsch (, who is also Head of AIR. His work centers on a creative thinking of interaction design, experience design and affect theory with an increasing focus on matters within digital healthcare. The IT University encourages diversity of applicants regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions

About Daman
Daman is a fast-growing provider of digital healthcare services. A number of digital health services are in the market serving thousands of patients throughout the European market using the HealthBuddy platform. The products are developed in collaboration with patient advocacy groups, healthcare professionals, public healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical industry. The vision is to globally give people with chronic diseases as high a quality of life as possible despite their disease.

We offer a great learning environment with an ambitious team working hard to make the world a better place by helping those with a chronic disease.

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:

Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link: www.itu.en/Guidelines

Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.

Questions about the positions can be directed to Andreas Dam, CEO at Daman, by e-mail or by phone +45 51906020. Questions about the PhD education can be directed to the PhD School at Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to HR, Nina Sølvberg Nelby,

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. 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.

Application deadline: May 31st at 23:59 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 and Daman invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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