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Professor in Co-design, Innovation and Sustainability

University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, offers a unique opportunity as professor in a field of high interest in Department of Planning. At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Copenhagen, a position as Professor in Co-design, Innovation and Sustainability is open for appointment from 1 August 2020 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning is currently strengthening teaching and research in engineering design. The applicant will become part of a research group that complements engineering design and conceptualisation in product design with socio-material and sustainability approaches. Our research strategy is to explore how design approaches and methods can contribute to sustainable change. At Department of Planning, we have about 200 employees situated at the Aalborg and Copenhagen campus. The department provides excellent research and teaching in the field of planning, technology and society in order to create a more sustainable future. We are interdisciplinary in the technical, natural and social science disciplines and present a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technological solutions merge with the needs of society. Our research creates the foundation for educating the young people of tomorrow, and as part of Aalborg University, the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented approach. It is also at Department of Planning that the UNESCO Center for Problem-Based Learning is at home. That helps ensure, we create educations aimed at the job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

Job description

Within the Department of Planning, in the Section of Sustainable Design and Transition, one research theme focusses on design; co-design and design for innovation and sustainable change including engineering design and science and technology studies (STS). Empirically, the focus is currently on healthcare product-service-systems. The candidate for the position as professor are to develop and strengthen these research areas. We are looking for a candidate that can take on a leading role in the development of our research and engineering programs within co-design, innovation and sustainability based on engineering design and socio-material theory and practice (STS). It is expected that the candidate has experience with external funding from competitive source.  

Key focus points and concerns could be:

Design of material and intangible objects and the circulation of these to enable collaboration and negotiation between designers and stakeholders and the movement of knowledge across sites.

Co-design of sustainable products and services across diverse knowledge domains and strategic concerns in an industrial and organisational context of front-end innovation.

Co-design of circular business models with actors across competing perspectives on value in the value chain including institutional practices and governmental regulation.

Further, teaching in the engineering program (bachelor and master) Sustainable Design and the development of engineering competences in co-design is part of the position.

You may obtain further information regarding the position from Head of Section, associate professor Morten Elle by e-mail elle@plan.aau.dk phone (+45) 9940 3754 or Professor emeritus Christian Clausen by mail chcl@plan.aau.dk (+45) 9940 3730.

The recruiment company Hartmanns A/S will assist AAU with the search process. For any inquiries, please contact Senior Recruitment Consultant Erik Bernskov at Hartmanns by e-mail: erik.bernskov@hartmanns.dk or phone: +45 41 21 13 29 

Qualification requirements:
The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment. 

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 753.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here:  

Aalborg University provides world-class research and education. For the third year in a row we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal challenges and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To serve them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg.

Agreement

Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given. 

Vacancy number

2020-224-02650

Deadline

26/03/2020

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