UID looking for assistant professor

UID is recruiting a new team member. Apply no later than June 17 for the position as assistant professor in the field of industrial design with focus on the history of design.

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The fundaments of industrial design were established in close connection with the industrial revolution; the new demands and technical possibilities that mass consumption introduced were the starting points for a creative explosion in the field of art in general, and in designing everyday life in particular. The field of design has changed as society, techniques and companies have changed, but some concepts, approaches and methods from the early era of industrial design are still essential for the field of design. In the present day societal changes, such as the 'post-industrial' society and the necessity of a more sustainable development, several of the basic assumptions within design have come to be seen in a new light.  To meet the designers' need for a solid and sustainable basis, Umeå Institute of Design has initiated several research initiatives that aim to develop and examine the 'new' design practices that these changes could lead to. Now, we need to add a strong historical perspective to our research initiatives. To be able to understand the changes, the context of these changes and the roots of what is now being questioned, we need to strengthen the historical research in industrial design. A deeper understanding of the historical development of design practice is decisive for us to be able to further develop the subject area of industrial design in the light of the great challenges of our time. This is especially valid for the terms and character of professional practice. 
The position is aimed towards advanced studies within the history of design field, as well as towards a broadening of the historical research of industrial design into new areas. The applicant should have experience of research in industrial design with a design historical perspective, or design history with a clear ground in industrial design. The successful applicant is expected to create his/her own research group and to supervise graduate students as well as post-docs. He/she is also expected to attract research grants from external sources of funding. Experience of education and/or experience of working in the field of industrial design is also meritorious. The successful applicant should be able to work independently and take initiatives, amongst others for initiating research collaborations, but also for cooperating with employees and students at Umeå Institute of Design and in other contexts of research and education. Documented experience of collaboration in research and education is meritorious, as is experience of Swedish or Scandinavian research structures and higher education organization. The applicant must be able to independently organize, lead and manage projects, and have good collaboration and communication skills. We expect that the successful applicant can show merits in research through international publications, conference participation, tutoring, PhD education and research administrative roles. The applicant must have a good command of oral and written English and good knowledge of the Swedish language is meritorious.

The employment period is limited to four years. To qualify for the appointment, you must hold a PhD degree which is relevant for the position, and which is not older than seven years counted from the date of application. An assistant professor will primarily conduct research but there may be possibility of teaching of up to 20% within the employment.

Attach to the application:

  • A cover letter that describes you, your main research area and the reasons why you are applying for the position,
  • A Curriculum Vitae,
  • Validated transcripts of grade and degree certificates,
  • A list of scientific experiences and teaching merits,
  • A publication list,
  • Copies of, at the most, ten articles of relevance for the position, numbered in accordance to the publication list,
  • A research sketch (maximum five pages), and
  • A list of three referees, including contact details.

The application can be submitted either electronically or in hard-copy form. All documents submitted in hard-copy form should be in triplicate, and all electronically submitted material should be in MS Word or PDF format.

For more information, please contact Head of Department Maria Göransdotter, +46-(0)90-786 70 36, maria.goransdotter@dh.umu.se or Rector Anna Valtonen, +46-(0)90-786 53 53, anna.valtonen@dh.umu.se

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31

Your complete application, marked with reference number 312-418-13, should be sent to jobb@umu.se (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 17, 2013 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!