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Assistant Professor in User Experience Design 973147

The Department of Engineering (ENG) of Aarhus University (AU) is looking for a creative and visionary Assistant Professor to bridge design and engineering in both research and teaching across all engineering disciplines. This international top-100 University has made an ambitious strategic plan to place the University in direct competition with the global engineering elite. Therefore, the University is seeking a design oriented researcher driven with visions for innovations and technologies for the future, to join our existing Socio-Technical Design research group.

The position is for 4 years and is available from August 1st 2018 or as soon as possible here after.

From a point of departure in established collaboration within engineering disciplines and design, the ambition of the group is to supply design competences in both research and teaching across all scientific and engineering disciplines in the university to strengthen and increase design in the intersection of social and technical systems.

The Socio-Technical Design group
The group gathers competences from architecture, industrial design, interaction design, mechanical engineering and anthropology inspired design. We believe that design skills are built on solid artistic and academic foundations and best executed in a strong technical environment with empathy for social impact. This is echoed in our credo: that we equally care for at the object of design and the impact of design.
The group deploys the approach of Constructive Design Research to develop new knowledge, promoting sketching, co-creation and innovation framing as key elements of research and teaching. In this context design is an interdisciplinary practice merging strong technical competences, aesthetic and social concerns, designed artefacts, systems and spaces whether manifested in materials or concepts.

In particular, we welcome applicants showing strong practical and academic competences in:

  • classical disciplines of formgiving, drawing and sketching,
  • use understanding and methods for empathic design
  • working constructively and disruptively with technology, business and social innovation
  • the research practice of Constructive Design Research/ Research-through-Design
  • bridging technical science skills and competences with design – both existing and emerging fields.

We invite interested applicants to position themselves from a point of departure in the above in full or in parts. Along those lines applicants are requested to submit a research plan and teaching portfolio accompanied by a vision statement for the position including expected contributions to the group and its ambition of bridging social interests and technologies in design and engineering.

The candidate is required to teach relevant courses in design across, engineering and other technical educational programs.

Applicants should as a minimum hold a PhD degree and some years of post-graduate research and publication experience is required. Experience from successful external research collaborations with industry and academia, project management skills, and experience in attraction of external funding is preferred.

About us
The engineering field in Aarhus University is changing with a rapid growth in student population, major research initiatives as well as through the establishment of a number of new physical facilities in the city center of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans for increased activities in research and education, as well as public and industrial cooperation. Engineering at Aarhus University is well established with teaching and extensive research activities, and a long tradition of industrial cooperation. We offer an international environment with space to grow your research disciplines and to build new curriculum.

The section is based in “Navitas” – Aarhus’ new centre for innovation, education and energy. Navitas is an open and vivid house with more than 2,000 students, staff teachers and researchers and about 400-600 company employees associated with INCUBA Science Park. This will create great opportunities for synergies between businesses and academia as well as research and development with a key focus on energy.
Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city (European Capital of Culture for 2017) is a university city, and Aarhus University being a top-100 university, with a large central campus is the largest university in Denmark with a long tradition of excellent interdisciplinary research with close industry collaboration. Aarhus regularly features in the list of top-10 happiest cities in the world.

Read more about the great opportunities when relocating to Denmark and the top reasons for choosing Aarhus University here (

Your application must contain:
  1. a brief motivating statement (1 page)
  2. a visionary research statement including research proposals,
  3. a teaching statement,
  4. a CV including current research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience.

Both research and teaching statements should not be longer than 2-3 pages in length each. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Section, Søren Wandahl ( / +4541893216) or Head of Research group, Peter Gall Krogh ( / +4593508391).

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. (

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. (

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish). (

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here. (

All applications must be made online and received by: 15.05.2018


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