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Junior Creative Technologist

Søknadsfrist 30.04.2022
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About the team

The Tech Experiments team explores the potential effects of emerging technologies and social trends on Schibsted, its brands and its customers. Our aim is to challenge conventional narratives within the organisation, to build fluency with new technologies, and to identify and explore novel areas of opportunity. We do this by making futures real. Through storytelling, speculative design and functional prototyping, we help Schibsted see, feel, and experience future possibilities.

 

Our team is small and cross-functional, and uses a combination of strategic foresight, design-driven experimentation, and speculative prototyping to explore possible futures. We focus on emerging interfaces, which includes technology like spatial computing (XR/AR/VR), holograms, 360 video, conversational and AI driven interfaces, brain/body interfaces, and emerging use cases like “the metaverse”. Within this field, we identify engaging research questions and then conduct a range of experiments to explore possible answers.

 

Core to this process is our fluid approach to experimentation. We tailor our experiments to the questions we are exploring, often alternating between highly speculative, explorative work and concrete tech-driven prototyping. With each experiment our aim is to reduce uncertainty and build fluency with the technology, applications and opportunities stemming from emerging interfaces. Experiments can take many forms, including design fiction, lo-fi and visual prototypes, animations, short films, and functional, fully coded prototypes.

 

Junior Creative Technologist

We are looking for people who will soon graduate from the university or are at the beginning of their career. This role is different from typical development or engineering roles at Schibsted. Rather than completing PRs or working on Epics, you will be working creatively with trends and emerging technologies to explore possible futures, threats, and opportunities for Schibsted. This means our work can be highly varied, and Creative Technologists contribute to our entire experimentation process, often blending experience and knowledge from across creative and technical fields. Our approach is flexible and we expect our creative technologists immerse themselves in new technologies and different programming languages to build the technical knowledge needed to achieve our goals or overcome obstacles.

 

While the main responsibilities of a Creative Technologist are related to developing functional prototypes with emerging technologies, they also actively contribute to a broad range of ongoing experiments. If you like tinkering with new tech, looking for new ways of solving problems and creating future user experiences then this team is for you. We'll let you explore and help you grow your skills through interesting projects and mentorship programmes in one of Scandinavia's largest tech companies and training.

 

Responsibilities

  • Full participation in the design and creative process working closely with creative technologists through framing, scoping and prototyping our experiments.
  • Research emerging technologies, explore how we can work with them, and advise the team on technical potential and limitations.
  • Identify key insights and opportunity spaces, and translate these into strong future concepts. Design and prototype interfaces for emerging technologies, use cases, and contexts. Work on a range of experiments including design fiction; mock-ups and lo-fi prototypes; video and animation; presentations, demos and experiences; with particular focus on functional, coded prototypes.
  • Own the technical perspective on the team, advising on technical limitations and possibilities.
  • Share learnings in talks, presentations, articles, etc. as a team.

 

Qualifications / Background

  • 0-3 years of work experience / recently graduated from university or relevant education Higher education (MSc, MA or equivalent) in relevant fields such as computer science; engineering; information technology; science, technology, and society; design
  • Curiosity-driven, adaptive learner with strong interest and motivation in adopting and learning the tools necessary to experiment with various interfaces - e.g. natural language processing tools & pytorch for conversational interfaces or Unity & C++ for mixed reality.
  • Ability to work with larger concepts and both low and high fidelity prototypes.
  • Communicate abstract material in simple and effective ways to a variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical
  • Curiosity and critical thinking about emerging technologies' applications as products or tools for Schibsted Comfortable exploring a broad range of trends and signals, and skilled at identifying and imagining connections between them.
  • You love reading about new technology and emerging trends, and are quick to start exploring potential use-cases or discussing with the team
  • Comfortable presenting and facilitating workshops to gather input, engage others, and share learnings
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a cross-functional, design-driven team.
  • Our working language is English
  • Oslo based with opportunity to work from home a few days a week.
  • Flexible work hours
  • What you can do is more important than where you have been: relevant practical experience can compensate for less relevant education, so if you think you’d be a good fit for our team but studied something else, please apply!

 

HR details

Diversity in hiring Schibsted is committed to building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from candidates of any ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability or religion.

 

Further, including diverse experiences, perspectives and identities into our work in Tech Experiments is not only the right thing to do, it is also critical to the success of our mission. Envisioning and building Schibsted’s future requires a team with diverse perspectives.