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Postdoc Researcher in Design for Play in the field of Pedagogy

Designskolen Kolding

Syd- og Sønderjylland

Postdoc Researcher in Design for Play in the field of Pedagogy

Design School Kolding is looking for a postdoc researcher with a special interest in design for play in the field of pedagogy and in building up an innovative knowledge environment in the field of Design for Play.

Design for Play

Design for Play is a Scandinavian hub for play and design that demonstrates how research into play can achieve a practical impact. The founding partners are Design School Kolding, LEGO Foundation, the LEGO Group and a number of other stakeholders. The initiative will produce specific solutions and encourage a more comprehensive dialogue about exploring and recognizing the potential of play. With an applied research approach, Design for Play is closely related to practice and will include a strong element of making, engaging and co-creating with users. The purpose is to learn from and inspire children to grow up as creative designers of their own life and the world around them. The associated master degree with an area of specialization in Design for Play will educate highly specialized play designers with a unique benefit to all companies and public institutions working with play. The programme affiliates some of the world’s best designers, researchers and knowledge partners in the field.

Postdoc in Design for Play in the field of Pedagogy

We expect this postdoc candidate to explore and study how to design for the field of pedagogy in order to rethink participatory spaces for children’s play and contribute with challenging new participatory possibilities for play. We expect this postdoc candidate to have:

  • Knowledge and experiences in the field of design practice and design research
  • Knowledge and experiences in the field of pedagogy
  • Knowledge and experiences in the field of design methods
  • Knowledge about body, space, place and materiality
  • Knowledge about creative and alternative forms of participation
  • Knowledge about children or young people
  • Experience with communicating research results and writing as well as publishing at international language
  • A willingness to review and summarize existing research independently
  • Experiences in using qualitative approaches with emphasis on long-term field studies in combination with design interventions.

About us

Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. We offer high quality BA, MA and PhD Degree programs with teaching based on innovative practice and research in close collaboration with the business community. We also offer postgraduate courses and consultancy services. Our BA program comprises four study programs, Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion & Textile Design, and Accessory Design, including interdisciplinary courses within methods, aesthetics, design history, the history of science as well as form studies. Our MA program is an international, cross-disciplinary program that supports and challenges the above-mentioned design fields and allows students to specialize in one of three programmes: Design for Play, Design for Planet and Design for People. Areas in which we also dedicate our research and development activities.

Design School Kolding has approximately 85 fulltime employees. The school offers a dynamic work environment with dedicated colleagues from many different backgrounds. The atmosphere enriches daily work and brings life to the old factory building, which is constantly changing to suit the school’s needs.
With three overall strategic areas of social design, sustainability and design, and design for Play, Design School Kolding is dedicated to improving the world through design. This also means that Design School Kolding has a strong focus on creating an education that is relevant and aimed towards future employability. Another way of strengthening the education is by having research aimed towards the programmes, as well as towards the strategic areas. The research thus supports and develops the teaching while ensuring that there is cross-pollination between research and teaching with the researchers often using the student projects as data for their research. We offer a dynamic, internationally oriented education and research environment with close collaborations with external actors and research environments.

The Facts

The position is 2 year a full-time position with the possibility of renewal. The position and salary is according to the current collective agreement that regulates the Danish labor market. For the application to be considered, all points listed below must be addressed with all mentioned materials enclosed:
  • Motivation letter
  • CV and list of publications
  • Maximum of selected 3 publications
  • Diploma or alternatively a complete transcript of records (for BA, MA and PhD degrees)

The applicant must further have:

PhD degree in design, anthropology, pedagogy or other related areas
Outstanding oral and written Danish communication skills
Outstanding oral and written English communication skills

The application deadline is June 10 2019.
Please submit the application via the school’s website.

We welcome both national and international applications with respect to the fact that Design for Play is rooted in a Danish/Scandinavian context of design and play. Design School Kolding wishes to reflect its surrounding community and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of personal background.

The position is to be filled by August 15 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For further information, please contact secretary of research and development Christina Stind Rosendahl at mail or phone 91 33 30 04 or professor Helle Marie Skovbjerg at

Also, please read the Design School Kolding Research Strategy or pay a visit to the school's website.

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