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Associate Professor in Design within Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)

Do you want to combine research and teaching as associate professor at Aalborg University’s unique facilities in Copenhagen? Do you want to become a part of a university, which has Problem Based Learning  as a part of the DNA? Then this is a job for you. The Department of Planning at The Technical Faculty for IT and Design, Aalborg University is looking for candidates for a position as Associate Professor in Design within Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The position is open for appointment from 1 August 2020 or soon hereafter. The position is at Campus Copenhagen. 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). The Department of Planning is currently strengthening teaching and research in engineering design. Our research strategy is to explore how design approaches and methods can contribute to sustainable change. We are looking for a candidate who are able to conduct research (and teach) in the areas of innovation and science politics as well as in engineering design and knowledge production – in an interdisciplinary team. 

Your qualifications

Applicants are expected to have a formal education as design engineers or similar. The applicant must demonstrate strong research at an international level within one or more of the following areas: 

  • Innovation and science politics
  • Engineering design
  • Knowledge production in relation to design and innovation processes

Priority is given to applicants who show originality in combining these areas in both research and teaching. 

The position is permanent and the applicant will be part of an ambitious research and teaching environment. We expect that the applicant will contribute to the research activities at the department by individually and collectively contributions to the development of externally funded research projects. The position will contain teaching obligations primarily in relation to the Sustainable Design and TechnoAntropology programs at the department but also in some extend to related programs at the University. The position also contains administrative tasks related to the department. 

For any inquiries please contact Professor Morten Elle by mail elle@plan.aau.dk  phone (+45) 9940 3754 or Associate Professor Andres Felipe Valderrama Pineda by mail afvp@plan.aau.dk  phone (+45) 9940 3759.

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.

AAU offer unique facilities and teaching methods

AAU offers unique facilities by the Copenhagen harbor which creates a special atmosphere. 

Problem Based Learning is in the DNA of Aalborg University and in the bachelor ’Bæredygtig Design’ and the master ’Sustainable Design’ we are experimenting even more with teaching. The students work in design studios, making it easy to switch between group work and plenary sessions. The students are having their project material on the walls of their group niche during the entire semester project. Furthermore, they and their teachers have access to large laboratories and workshops, making them able to develop design games, models and prototypes.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

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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