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Associate Professor in Service Design

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, a position as Associate Professor in Service Design is open for appointment from September 1st, 2020 or soon hereafter. The Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology's goal is 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

Your role will, among others, be to contribute to the research and teaching within Service Systems Design Master program at the Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology. You are expected to teach on the MSc level, including classroom teaching as well as project and thesis supervision. You are expected to conduct research at the highest level and to have a proven track record in one or more of the following research areas:

  • Design management and service design management
  • Data-driven design and service design
  • Civic service design, and design for social innovation

Your research should relate to the Service Design Lab (https://servicedesignlab.aau.dk/). Furthermore, you are expected to attract external funding, e.g. from the Innovation Fund Denmark, the European Research Council, as well as the industry sector.

The position will be located at the campus in Copenhagen and will entail teaching mainly in the Service Systems Design study program. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with other research groups at Aalborg University and with other Danish and international universities and organisations.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Nicola Morelli, mail: nmor@create.aau.dk, tel. (+45) 9940 9928.

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.

In particular, we are looking for a candidate who meets the following specification:

  • Good track record in publishing high quality research outputs in highly ranked academic journals and international conferences (essential)
  • Capacity to attract external funding (essential)
  • Evidenced experience of taking an intellectual and operational lead in carrying out international research projects (essential)
  • Experience in design practice, for example in relation to frameworks, tools and methods for data visualization and service design (desirable)

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.

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 Sanne Vestergaard Hejlesen by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 3972.

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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