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Associate Professor of Staging Collaborative Design in Engineering Design

University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, offers a unique opportunity for an Associate Professor of Staging Collaborative Design in Engineering Design; a field of high interest in Department of Planning. At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, a position as Associate Professor of Staging Collaborative Design in Engineering Design is open for appointment from December 1, 2021 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning is currently strengthening its teaching and research activities within engineering design. We invite applicants eager to contribute the Department’s vision of developing and sharing knowledge on designerly approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals concerning health and well-being, clean energy, and responsible consumption and production. The Associate Professor will become part of an interdisciplinary research group – Design for Sustainability – that explores how design approaches and methods can contribute to sustainable change. The research group shares a sociotechnical understanding of design; an understanding which emphasizes the interdependencies and mutual shaping of the social (people, policies and politics) and technology. The group’s research complements engineering design and conceptualisation in product design with insights from Science and Technology Studies. 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, the Design for Sustainability research group has a number of focal areas: staging of collaborative design, designing sustainable engineering; circular economy as and by design; valuation studies and the role of expertise. The applicants for the position are to contribute in the areas of:

  1. Conceptualisation through collaborative design
  2. Staging and navigation of collaborative design
  3. Collaborative design methods and theory
  4. Emergence by design  

The applicants’ profiles should show both research and experiences within the above-mentioned areas. Further, the applicant will be part of research projects with focus on design for health, thus it will be advantage if the applicant has interest within this research field. 

The position requires applicants that:

  • can demonstrate experience with research and teaching relevant to the competences required
  • ability to work in interdisciplinary teams including socio-technical approaches to design
  • can conduct fieldwork and research related to sectors and practices in Denmark 

Applicants should preferably hold experience in writing research applications and proven ability to attract external funding is desirable.

 The Associate Professor is expected to teach core courses in conceptualization, engineering design methods, collaborative design and staging of design processes in the bachelor and master programmes of the engineering education Sustainable Design. The majority of the teaching tasks at the undergraduate levels are in Danish, whereas teaching at the graduate levels may be in English or in Danish. Therefore, you are expected to learn Danish, within a reasonable period of time. 

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

For more information about the department. 

Qualification requirements: 

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority 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. 

An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

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

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

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.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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