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Assistant Professor in Industrial Design (readvertisement) (2022-224-04693)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology a position as Assistant Professor in Industrial Design is open for appointment from November 1st, 2022 or soon hereafter. The position is available for a period of three years. The Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user.

Job description

The Industrial Design Section and the Design Lab research group is focusing on the role of design in the societal transition to a more sustainable production and consumption. We believe that design and design expertise play a critical role in making the sustainable choice the desirable and preferred choice for users, organisations and in society. We are currently working in three themes of research to support the mission. First, through the “Designed to last” theme we are investigating the longevity of products as a mean to slow down the consumption cycle. Second, through the “Design Expertise” theme we are expanding and dissecting the professional competence elements of designers. Third, through “Design Experiments” we create interdisciplinary experiments together with stakeholders and partners that will expand our understanding of the impact and value of design.

The research and teaching environment is dynamic and team-oriented, with a strong culture of collaboration between colleagues. We are looking an Assistant Professor that will join this collaborative team and the Design Lab research group and has keen interest in the mission to make design relevant in the transition to sustainability. The applicant is expected to provide a brief description of the applicant’s vision, aspiration, and direction for research. As well as past research experience and collaborative network projects. Applicants are also encouraged to outline any experience with concrete product development through design engineering disciplines. We are looking for applicants that can bridge and integrate design and engineering.


Teaching activities include lecturing, supervision, coordination and planning at bachelor and master level. Predominantly Industrial Design and occasionally teaching design in other programs. Experience with problem based learning and supervising project work will be preferred.  

Proficiency in English is a requirement. Proficiency in Danish is an advantage but not a prerequisite. However, as courses at the bachelor level are offered in Danish, we expect that you become capable of teaching in Danish after a few years.

You may read more about the department here: CREATE Department Brochure

You may obtain further professional information from Head of Section Christian Tollestrup, by mail cht@create.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9915.

Qualification requirements:
Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 
  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence.
  • References/recommendations.
Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Gritt Larsen by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 3892.

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



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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