Postdoctoral Researcher in Humanitarian Design, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The University of Copenhagen has four campus areas. As distances in Copenhagen are relatively small, it is easy to get from one campus to the other either by bicycle or public transportation. The campus areas are integrated into the city of Copenhagen and students use the facilities available in the city, adding a lively buzz to the streets and cafés of Copenhagen.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Humanitarian Design: The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the project “The Future of Humanitarian Design (HUD)”. Led by Associate Professor Jonathan Luke Austin, this project aims to address contemporary humanitarian challenges through the integration of emerging technologies, aesthetic design processes, and engineering insights with knowledge from international relations. The successful candidate will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team and contribute to innovative research focused on improving conditions for vulnerable populations worldwide.

Postdoctoral Researcher in The Future of Humanitarian Design (HUD)

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Humanitarian Design

Location: Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen


  • PhD degree in political science, international relations, humanitarian studies, engineering, architecture, design, or related fields
  • Strong research background and publication record
  • Experience or interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment

Job Description:

  • Conduct research as part of the HUD project, focusing on the intersection of humanitarian challenges, emerging technologies, and design processes
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from academic institutions and humanitarian organizations
  • Travel to relevant field sites, including Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to conduct research and engage with local communities
  • Pursue independent research related to project themes and personal interests
  • Contribute to project publications, reports, and presentations

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply online through the University of Copenhagen’s employment portal using the following link: HUD Postdoc Position Application. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), list of publications, and contact information for two or more references.

Last Date for Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with a preferred starting date of 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Early application is encouraged.



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