Senior Lecturers in Design, substitute positions, specialized towards user-centered design

Umeå Institute of Design is now looking for one or two Senior Lecturers on artistic foundation in design, with specialization towards user-centered design. The employments are  part-time substitute positions  (can be extended from 25% to 50 %), for the period of January to June, 2018 (starting date upon agreement). The last day to apply is  2017-12-31.

Description of position

The employment as substitute Senior Lecturer includes teaching and tutoring within basic and advanced level education: single subject courses, the Bachelor Programme in Industrial Design, the Master Programme in Interaction Design and the one-year course Industrial Design Intensive. You will be responsible for planning and teaching in collaboration with programme directors, teachers and other staff. The employment includes administration, planning, documentation and development relating to your own teaching, as well as departmental work. Subject development within industrial design - artistic, professional and educational - is a part of the employment, as well as contributing to the development of Umeå Institute of Design.

Competence requirements

To qualify for an appointment as a senior lecturer on an artistic foundation, according to chapter 4, §4 Higher Education Ordinance Act, you must:

  • have demonstrated teaching expertise
  • been awarded a doctorate in fine, applied or performing arts
  • have demonstrated artistic expertise or have some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve.

We are looking for a candidate with a thorough experience in the industrial design profession, with established practice in user-centered design specialized towards industrial design, interaction design and/or service design.  In your profession, you are specialized towards collaborative processes, and your work cuts across design practice/profession, artistic practices and design education.

You have experience in design education, with a university degree in design, pedagogical training within higher education or equivalent knowledge, and you demonstrate an ability to plan and teach within higher education. You have documented experience of different kinds of teaching, for example studio-based teaching within the area of user-centered industrial design. Experience in teaching and tutoring, as well as ability to support learning in higher education, is a requirement. You have a good ability to reflect on design education - teaching as well as learning - in relation to developments within the area of design, and in relation to a societal context. 

Other requirements:

  • Documented ability to lead collaborative processes in practice, and an excellent ability to independently organize, lead, drive, implement and follow up projects
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills 

Experience of artistic development work in relation to contemporary design practices, good ability to reflect over the relationship between these and over changes and development within the area of design, is a merit.

The following is also considered a merit:

  • A PhD within the field of design
  • Knowledge in Swedish and/or other Scandinavian language

How to apply

You apply through Umeå University's webpage (type 'design' in the search field and you will find the ad).  Last day to apply is 2017-12-31.

Applications must include:

  • CV
  • A personal letter describing yourself and the reasons for applying for this position
  • References (names and contact details)
  • Design portfolio
  • A short statement of work within user centered design practices of importance for the employment -Description of, and critical reflection on, educational activities. This should be done in accordance with the template for teaching portfolio. See instructions in appendix 4, Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University.
  • List of (possible) publications and exhibitions, with copies of, or links to a maximum of 5 publications
  • Description of the ability to independently organize, drive, implement and follow up projects, and the ability to lead collaborative processes

In our work of achieving diversity, we are focusing especially on increasing the number of employees with a foreign background and we strive to achieve a balance between women and men in all occupational categories. We therefore look forward to women, and with another background than Swedish, to apply for the employment.