Open Vacancies

Postdoctoral Research Position
The Critical Technical Practice (CTP) Group
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

The CTP Group at Madeira-ITI seeks postdoctoral researcher with a focus in the area of: Critical Technical Practice.

Technology is an aspect of human culture, but its political dimension is consistently dissimulated. By turning to the work of critical historians, sociologists, and anthropologists of science, we can design technologies for citizens rather than consumers, and resist regressive technologies that legislate on the sly. Borrowing Agre’s term “Critical Technical Practice,” our lab seeks to develop technologies that defy norms of engineering and markets, and ultimately to break Moore’s law.

The postdoc would work with ERA Chair Prof. Chris Csikszentmihalyi, other CTP Faculty, graduate students, and staff to help build our research direction of sociotechnical innovation. S/he would produce original research, contribute to grant writing, and have the option of teaching if interested. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated technical ability motivated by strong interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of technology; be able to conduct independent and collaborative research; and an interest in working in a multi-disciplinary research environment. They should include a portfolio (or links to examples) of experience in sociopolitical technology design and/or scholarship in STS or related fields. These might include, but are not limited to: STS-informed Technology, Critical Design, Appropriate Technology, Citizen Science, Technology for Activism, or related fields.

The CTP Group was founded in 2015 to develop technologies for an expanded range of human experiences. It is funded through the European Commission’s ERAChair program, designed to attract top candidates to beautiful but outlying parts of Europe. Our lab features state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, including CNC machine tools and electronics fabrication, as well as more traditional artisanal tools. Madeira-ITI is one of the top HCI centers in Europe, recently evaluated with the highest mark of “Excellent” by Portugal’s national science foundation (FCT). Madeira itself is a small semi-autonomous island, located off the coast of Morocco with a quarter million people, beautiful landscape, and temperature near 20 degrees all year.

Candidate Requirements:
The candidate should have earned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a related field by December 2016. The candidate must show evidence of the ability to design and execute sociotechnical research projects.

Applications will remain open until 31st of December 2016 or until the position is filled. Letters of interest and CV’s should be sent to: era-hires@m-iti.org

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Postdoctoral Research Position
The Critical Technical Practice (CTP) Group
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

The CTP Group at Madeira-ITI seeks postdoctoral researchers with a focus in:
Technology in the Global South

The position of designers and technologists working to develop systems and products for citizens in the Global South is necessarily fraught and complex. For designers within the Global South, the tech and design discourse from the north is loud and difficult to escape. For designers outside, paternalism and neocolonialism are occupational hazards. The specter of “development” looms over any system, while tech narratives like “Africa rising” are often sensationalistic. Recent forays into “postcolonial computing” have little traction. We postulate that much work remains to be done in south-south and south-north collaborations. As Megan Smith (Obama’s Whitehouse CTO) has said, technologists “talk about the next 3 billion people coming into the conversation because Internet technologies are allowing that, and some people think, ‘Well that’s a market!’ But it’s not a market. These are our colleagues… our coinventors.”

We seek a postdoctoral candidate interested in contributing to the development of technologies for the global south with international collaborators, and simultaneously contributing to the development of tools for making such collaborations possible. Areas of interest might include rural peer communications, village telephony systems, modular agricultural tooling, civic media, technologies of dissent, postcolonial computing, innovation in the global south, appropriate technologies, free software, open hardware, or other approaches to sociotechnical systems. Candidates with primarily analytical/theoretical backgrounds may apply, as might ones from an ICT/engineering/design background who are interested in problematizing or challenging traditional engineering approaches. Candidates from around the world are encouraged to apply.

The postdoc would work with ERA Chair Prof. Chris Csikszentmihalyi, other CTP Faculty, graduate students, and staff to strengthen our research capacity in sociotechnical innovation. S/he would produce original research, contribute to grant writing, and have the option of teaching if interested. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated technical ability motivated by strong interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of technology; be able to conduct independent and collaborative research; and demonstrate an interest in working in a multi-disciplinary research environment.

The CTP Group was founded in 2015 to develop technologies for an expanded range of human experiences. It is funded through the European Commission’s ERAChair program, which was designed to attract top candidates to beautiful but outlying parts of Europe. Our lab features state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, including CNC machine tools and

electronics fabrication, as well as more traditional artisanal tools. Madeira-ITI is one of the top HCI centers in Europe, recently evaluated with the highest mark of “Excellent” by Portugal’s national science foundation (FCT). Madeira itself is a small semi-autonomous island, located off the coast of Morocco with a quarter million people, beautiful landscape, and temperature near 20 degrees all year.

Candidate Requirements:
The candidate should have earned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a related field by December 2016. The candidate must show evidence of the ability to design and execute sociotechnical research projects, and (ideally) an interest and experience in both the Global South and technology development.

Applications will remain open until 31st of December 2016 or until the position is filled.
Letters of interest and CV’s should be sent to: era-hires@m-iti.org

 


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2016 Summer Internships (closed)

 

The CTP ERA Chair Lab invites applications for the 2016 Summer Internships

 

Summer Internships provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to work with faculty on research projects across M-ITI, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge, building new skills and strengthening the link between teaching and research.

As a student, a summer internship placement can make a significant contribution to your transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment.

Students apply for a student research position with a particular faculty member who will oversee their progress throughout the course of the internship. Some positions also give students the opportunity to work with advanced undergraduate peer mentors and graduate student researchers.

Application dates: 25th May – 5th June 2016

Internship Start Date: 15th June 2016

Duration: 3 Months

Monthly stipend: 385€

No. Vacancies: 10 – 15 available vacancies

How to Apply:

Students should respond to summer internship calls by emailing the responsible faculty directly, with hr (at) m-iti.org in copy. The email addresses are available for each project (we encourage you to apply to more than one project if your experience is applicable). Include CV with relevant experience, interests, age and grade, and other relevant information. If faculty schedule an interview with you, be ready to show them examples of prior work.

If you do well in the interview, faculty may ask you to draft a syllabus. They will describe the project to you, including their expectations of what you will work on, where that work should happen, and how you should approach the research. Take careful note, as this information will be needed to complete your draft syllabus.

If faculty approve of your draft syllabus, they will modify it as necessary and then introduce you to M-ITI staff who will formalize your involvement in the program. Be sure to review the faculty changes and ask them if you have any questions or concerns.

Admission Requirements:
1 – Motivation letter in English;
2 – English Curriculum Vitae;

Selection Criteria:
1 – Evaluation of curriculum (20%):
2 – Academic Degree (10%),
3 – Motivation letter (20%).
4 – Interview (50%)

Applications should be sent by email (hr (at) m-iti.org) until the 5th June 2016.

All candidates will be notified by email with the call results.