Associate professorship in Interaction Design at the IT University of Copenhagen

IT University of Copenhagen
March 18, 2024
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Associate professorship in Interaction Design at the IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a Associate Professor position starting in 1 August 2024 or soon thereafter.

We invite applicants who want to contribute to the IT University's vision of creating and sharing knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity, and who want to contribute to Digital Design's research strategy. The Department of Digital Design researches and teaches the design of digital technologies and services with a positive impact on society, industry, and climate in domains like public sector, healthcare, welfare, and games.

Job description The candidate should have strong theoretical, methodological and design- oriented qualifications in the core of interaction design and with interests in the design, construction, and use of interactive artifacts. Good candidates should be qualified in at least three of the following areas:

  • Sketching and prototyping of interactive artifacts in support of material application and speculation, with an emphasis on contexts of well-being and bodily sensibilities. This should also include an understanding of and experience with digital craftsmanship, and knowledge on prototyping with digital materials from Arduino to programming tangible interactions with sensors and actuators.
  • Interaction Design research methods and practices including design-driven, expert-led research on embodiment and multisensory digital experiences, such as working with data and biodata as design materials or designing wearable technologies.
  • Design-oriented approaches, and theories about interaction and design, for example in relation to recent developments in design research, critical approaches to care, post-anthropocentric and feminist design approaches. This also includes the ability to critically reflect on the experience of interactive artifacts and their sociocultural impact in society, aiming to produce new knowledge for interaction design.
  • Programming of interactions using e.g. Processing, JavaScript, openFrameworks, React Native, and UX wireframing tools, and the ability to teach in these areas.
  • In addition, candidates for the position should be able to:

  • Attract external research funding
  • Supervise PhD students
  • Read/speak a Scandinavian language (or have the willingness 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 Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

    About the Digital Design department Digital Design is organized in three sections; Design Research, Play, Culture and AI, and Digital Societies and Participation. The sections serve as the organizational framework for the department's research which is further divided into several research groups, labs, and a research center. We offer a BSc and MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies and an MSc in Games. Our research and teaching approaches are based on diversity, inclusiveness interdisciplinarity and collaboration.

    Working at the IT University Located in modern architecture, a 6-minute metro ride from the center of Copenhagen, the IT University offers an informal working environment, a varied everyday life, and a highly motivated, ambitious, competent, and diverse international faculty, with PhD degrees from 17 different countries. The IT University is an equal opportunity employer and prides itself in actively and successfully pursuing an improved gender balance among students and among faculty.

    Working in Copenhagen Copenhagen has a solid educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Copenhagen is among the world's most livable cities according to the Economist Global Liveability Index. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

    Salary and terms of employment Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation's agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and job structure for academic staff at universities.

    Application The application and all other documents ought to be in English and must include:

  • A motivated application (cover letter), including a detailed description of your qualifications and brief statements of research and teaching plans that relates to the criteria in ITU´s Competency Development Profile
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)
  • Copies of max. 5 different publications of research at a high international level in well-respected peer reviewed venues that are relevant to the position (the publications should be numbered)
  • Documentation of a) received observation and feedback on teaching, b) pedagogical experience and training courses as a teacher, c) a formal written assessment of teaching competence and d) a teaching record within one or more of the teaching areas listed for the position
  • A record of contributing to the goals of the institutions in which the candidate has worked, for example participation in committees, etc.
  • Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

    The applicant will be accessed 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 Chair 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.

    Further information Questions about the positions can be directed to Head of Design Research Section, Associate Professor Jonas Fritsch, IT University of Copenhagen, [email protected] or tel. 72185061.

    Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to HR, [email protected].

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

    Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

    The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process and we might upon request in the interview process contact 1-2 references.

    Application deadline: 18 March 2024, at 23:59 CET.

    Applications/enclosures 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.

    IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S


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