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Associate or full professor in User Experience Design

The Digital Design Department at the IT University of Copenhagen invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor. The proposed starting date is June 2020 or soon thereafter.

The IT University’s vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Digital Design Department delivers society- and industry-relevant research and research-based education in the area of digital technology, media and design. Researchers in the department combine design theory with technological insights and a critical perspective on human and social aspects of digital design and services.

The candidate
We look to a candidate with a PhD and a strong profile in user experience design, human computer interaction, interaction design, or closely related fields.

The candidate must be able to conduct education and develop the research agenda at the intersection of at least two of the following areas:

  • User experience design, including a theoretical interest in affective UX, speculative and critical UX design, social and organizational aspects of UX design, aesthetic UX design or other theoretical UX design aspects. Design and application areas could cover health, finance, public service, entertainment, games, and museums.
  • Application design and development with a focus on user experience, such as experience with relevant methods and tools for design and development - including mobile and other emerging technologies and an understanding of state-of-the-art application platforms.
  • Codesign methods, including an understanding of how to engage users in UX design processes, approaches and methods oriented toward allowing a variety of user groups to participate in UX design processes.
The ideal applicant has a combined theoretical and applied research approach. Experience with interdisciplinary work, including digital technology, media, art and design, is an advantage.

Job description
The selected candidate is expected to contribute to research and education, to work strategically in research, research funding, and organisation of research, and mentor junior faculty and postdocs in the applied-for area. Moreover, she/he is expected to attract external research funding and to build external collaboration in joint research projects, also with partners outside of academia.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant is expected to have a track record of delivering excellent results with regard to:

  • Research
  • Education and curriculum development
  • Outreach outside academia, e.g. to industry, other organizations, or the public
For applicants on full professor level the successful applicant is further expected to demonstrate experience in:

  • PhD supervision
  • Research management
  • Attracting external funding
The applicant must document results in all these directions. It must be documented that the applicant is both internationally recognized and has had an impact outside her/his peer community, for instance in collaborations with industry or other organizations outside academia.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Develop education and teaching at the university
  • Lead the specialization in UX Design at our MSc program, Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
  • Contribute to making ITU a leading university in UX Design
Responsibilities on full professor level will further include:

  • Lead cooperation with external partners
  • Create a pipeline of external research funding
  • Develop relations to external partners, to business, government and society at large
The application should document the applicant's background and track record with respect to the responsibilities listed above.

The application should also state any additional qualities that the candidate may possess, such as excellent communication skills, leadership skills in diverse environments, and the like. Finally, the applicant should indicate on which level – associate or full professorship – the position is applied for.

Working at the IT University
We have an open and informal working environment and a varied everyday life. The faculty in the Digital Design Department is diverse, with PhD degrees from 14 different countries. We have an equal gender balance among students and among faculty.

Working in Copenhagen
Copenhagen has a strong educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

Applicants must be able to read and speak a Scandinavian language or be willing to learn Danish.

General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time academics. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, design research and user experience, computer games research and social sciences, business impact and the commercialisation of IT.

Questions about the positions can be directed to Head of Department Lone Malmborg, IT University of Copenhagen, or 7218 5023.

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

The application must be in English and must include:

  • A short plan outlining and arguing for the intended research and teaching initiatives and engagements (2-3 A4 pages)
  • A memorandum stating your most important scientific work relevant to the position and your contribution to such work (2-3 A4 pages)
  • Associate professor level: 5 / Full professor level: 5-10 relevant publications or other research contributions relevant to the applicant’s field
  • A numbered list of publications and other research contributions relevant to the applicant’s field. The enclosed publications/contributions should be marked with an asterisk (*)
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Information indicating experience and results in Ph.D. supervision, research management, fundraising and research cooperation
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificate etc.)
  • Documentation of pedagogical training and experience along with a teaching record relevant for the position. The teaching record should at least for each course include your official responsibility, the size of the course, the academic level, and the number of students. Include max. 5 course descriptions to document the experience.
Applications without the above-mentioned documents will not be assessed.

Recognizing the diversity of traditions, methods and delivery format in the range of fields included in this call, the publications or other documented research contributions should be submitted in the format relevant to the applicant’s field. All application materials are to be submitted through the online application portal in the format of pdf documents.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 march 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chairman of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Application procedure
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website:

The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process.

Application deadline: 28 February 2020, at 23:59 CEST.

Applications received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline, so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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