Call for doctoral students in interdisciplinary experience research

Aalto University opens six fully funded positions for doctoral students in the area of interdisciplinary experience research.

Application deadline January 10, 2019.

Open positions for six doctoral students in experience research

Experiences extend to all areas of human life and make life meaningful. Consumers and organizations increasingly invest in experiences that enhance subjective pleasure and wellbeing. Design practices will advance from problem-solving to human-experience-driven, which requires a radical change in industry.

As part of the recent Profi4 funding from Academy of Finland, Aalto University profiles and invests in experience design. With this support and the Aalto Experience Platform, Aalto University has the ambition, infrastructure, and resources to become a leading institution in interdisciplinary experience research. The research supports the Creative Economy initiative of the Finnish Government. The aim is to understand experience as a socio-cultural and bodily phenomenon and to study its manifestations. This knowledge will allow development of new experience design approaches to make citizens, businesses and the society not only to work efficiently but to flourish.

To address the above goals, Aalto University opens six fully funded positions for skilled and passionate doctoral students in this area. The students will be based in different schools of Aalto, but will form a community for knowledge sharing and collaboration in the spirit of multidisciplinary research.

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2019. The positions are filled during spring 2019 and the funding is provided until the end of 2022. The salary is determined based on applicant’s experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The positions are located in the quickly developing Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo.

The research project of each doctoral thesis should address an intersection of two or more disciplines in one of the following topics. Two professors from two different disciplines will supervise the work, and the supervisors will be decided depending on the specific research topic proposed by the applicant. The main contact person will help you to locate the right professor for inquiries, please contact us well in advance before applying.


Please follow the links below for the detailed information of the topic, supervisors, and application process. (Links to external page.)

1. Measurement and analyses of emotional experiences and social behavior in naturalistic conditions

2. Psychological and neural mechanisms of collective, group-shared and individual emotions

3. Employee experience in platform economy and the changing world of work

4. Understanding experiential aspects of creative work

5. Integrating Experience-Driven Design into industrial development processes

6. Physical materials in experience design

7. Digital materials in experience design


Submission of applications

Please follow the links above for the topic-specific submission instructions.

Please note that the final approval of the interdisciplinary doctoral students will follow the doctoral student admission schedules of each Aalto school, and the study right will be in force only after this process. We aim to start the work as soon as possible, most likely during the period of 1.3.-1.8.2019.

Aalto University reserves the right, for justified reasons, to leave the position open, to extend the application period, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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