Senior lecturer in design
with focus on emerging practices
in human-centered design

Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, is now looking for a senior lecturer in design with a specialization in Emerging Practices in Human-Centered Design, 100 %, to join us. Application is closed.


The primary objective of our research is to develop the design discipline by extending its existing practices and forming its future foundations. We aim to be at the forefront of addressing how design can, and needs to, evolve in response to changes in our social, technical and ecological contexts. And most of all, we want to engage in research on what could become, working with practices of making and design experimentation that can give form to imaginative, hopeful speculations on diverse design futures.

The position as senior lecturer includes teaching, research and PhD supervision at the Umeå Institute of Design (UID). The senior lecturer shall actively contribute to developing both the subject and the educational environment at UID through engaging in planning, development and conducting education on all levels, and through his/her own research. This includes informing about and communicating research results both internally and externally as part of creating a shared discourse. A senior lecturer will initiate, plan, and lead research projects in collaboration with external stakeholders, including applications to create a portfolio of external funding grants. 


To qualify for an appointment as a senior lecturer, both research and educational skills should be demonstrated (see the Higher Education Ordinance Act, chapter 4). Furthermore, administrative capability, the aptitude to lead and develop staff, and ability to collaborate with external stakeholders and inform about research and development work will also be assessed. In the selection, primary focus will be on research and pedagogical skills, while secondary focus in equal amount will be on administrative and other skills. 

In particular, we are looking for a candidate with an ability to identify an increasingly important practice of human-centered design, along with its broad relevance to design education, the design profession and society at large, and who has a visionary trajectory for how it can be taken further, both short and long term. 

In the assessment of research skills, achievements and recognized contributions within the areas of co-design, participatory design, design anthropology, social design and more generally within emerging practices of human-centered design, are prioritized. We value extensive research experience at the intersections between academia and industry above publication count, and we especially recognize achievements that cut across practices of design research, professional and artistic work. Research skills need to be clearly demonstrated across the range from academic results to contributions for external stakeholders. In particular, extensive abilities to conduct independent research, the ability to plan and lead research, and the ability to communicate research with the surrounding society will inform the overall assessment.

Pedagogical skills refers primarily to the subject area of design with specialization on emerging practices of human-centered design, within the areas mentioned above. Documented experience of teaching in higher education is required. The pedagogical practice and skills shall be documented, and critically reflected on, in a pedagogical portfolio, which will be assessed from three perspectives: The teacher's work with students, the teacher's own pedagogical development, and the teacher's contribution to the pedagogical development of the department. 

Administrative skills refers to the ability of developing and lead activities and staff, and the ability to establish cooperation between education, at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, research in the subject area for the position, with other disciplines, with professional practitioners, as well as with other stakeholders in the design field and in the community. Applicants must be able to independently organize and manage projects, and have very good collaboration and communication skills. Documented experience of collaboration in research and education is a merit, as is experience of Swedish or Scandinavian research structures and research systems.

Other skills refers to personal traits and to language and communication skills. Fluency in both written and spoken English is a requirement. Personal traits and excellent interpersonal communication and collaboration skills are a significant part of the overall assessment of the candidates' suitability for the position.

How to apply

You apply through Umeå University's website through the recruitment system, click here. Scroll in the list to find the ad.

Applications must include: 

  • A personal letter describing yourself and the reasons for applying for this position
  • CV
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of, or links to, five selected publications numbered according to the list of publications
  • A vision statement consisting of a definition of your area of expertise (i.e. a careful positioning of your interests and expertise in relation to the topic(s) of the position), a short critical outlook on the current state of this area, and what you would intend to contribution to its development.
  • Pedagogical portfolio including a critical reflection on your educational ethos of learning and education, especially in relation to the design field (description and tips on teaching portfolio available on UPL's website, see
  • Design portfolio
  • A statement of administrative skills (with references) ability to lead and develop staff, and the ability to collaborate with external stakeholders and inform about research and development work
  • References

In our equality work, we especially focus on increasing the number of co-workers with a non-Swedish background, and strive to reach a balance between female and male employees in all categories of positions.


For more information, please contact rector Johan Redström, or vice rector Maria Göransdotter,, 090-786 70 36.

The employment

The appointment is 100 % and is a permanent position. Starting date upon agreement. During the first two years of employment, the senior lecturer will be provided with an increased percentage of research time (50%), and thereafter in accordance with the Umeå University terms of employment (20% guaranteed competence development time within a 100% employment where the main work tasks are in education).

More about Umeå Institute of Design

Read more about UID, click here