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lecturer in Design Research (0,7 fte)

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is seeking

lecturer in Design Research (0,7 fte) 

to teach and oversee the “Research” course (0,4 fte) within the Master’s programme in Digital Design, and to propose, oversee, and secure funding for projects that have a research component (0,3 fte).

Job description
This position entails:

1) tasks as Lecturer in Design Research, for a total of 2 days/week (0,4 fte)

2) tasks related to the development of project proposals & grant applications for projects connecting the Master’s Digital Design to various public/private stakeholders, for a total of 1.5 days/week (0,3 fte)

The two sets of tasks are detailed below. 

1) We are seeking a Lecturer for the “Design Research” course (2 days/week – 0,4 fte). We look for an enthusiastic colleague who is comfortable with the research methods commonly used by creative industries, and with more open methodologies such as critical making or action research. At the end of the course, students should be ready to conduct design research / testing / validation in professional settings, and should also be aware of other critical, exploratory, and art-inspired methodologies for research through design.

The Lecturer in Design Research is a central figure of the Master’s programme, and is responsible for:

  • revising/updating the syllabus for Design Research;
  • teaching the Design Research course;
  • overseeing activities related to the course, such as guest lectures, workshops, and events;
  • participating in students’ assessments and admissions;
  • promoting students’ work outside the programme, e.g. writing and publishing research papers with students and colleagues, or actively attending professional networking events;
  • contributing to the public communications of the programme with regular blog posts on http://masterdigitaldesign.com, as well as facilitating students’ contributions.

2) For 1.5 days/week (0.3 fte), the candidate will also be responsible for pitching projects that students & lecturers of the M.Sc. Digital Design might conduct with researchers from the various research units (lectoraten) of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and/or other institutions. Currently, the M.Sc. Digital Design already employs an Industry Liaison officer who is responsible for developing projects together with private partners, and we envision that the Lecturer in Design Research will have a similar task but targeted to research entities. For this reason, the Lecturer in Design Research will:

  • monitor relevant Dutch and European grant application opportunities,
  • monitor existing and upcoming research projects in the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and other local research institutions, to which our students could contribute,
  • visit possible project partners, in close cooperation with our Industry Liaison,
  • propose new projects, grant applications, and consortia,
  • apply for funding, in close cooperation with colleagues from the M.Sc. Digital Design, from research units (lectoraten) at the AUAS, and with consortia of public/private partners,
  • Funding from successful grant applications may be allocated in part to the Lecturer in Design Research to document and disseminate the work through scientific publications.

Everything considered, the position is for a total of 3.5 days/week (0.7 fte) overall.

We are seeking
We are seeking a colleague with a Ph.D. degree in a field related to design (HCI, Digital Design, Product Design, Interaction Design, UX…) and an affinity to research methodologies applied to the design process. Due to the complexity of this position, we require candidates to have obtained their Ph.D. at the time of hiring. Demonstrable teaching experience in English, especially at the graduate level, is essential. A track record in obtaining funds through national or international grants is very valuable. As a programme, we value diversity among our students, staff, and project partners: the Lecturer in Design Research must be able to work effectively and sensibly across a broad variety of cultural, disciplinary, and professional backgrounds.

The selected candidate must be able to start at the beginning of Semester 2 (Feb. 1, 2021), but an earlier start date can be arranged if requested.

The degree programme
The Master in Digital Design programme brings together practice, research, and technological innovation. The 1-year full time curriculum combines a rigorous background in design research (‘Research through Design’, ‘Critical Making’) with real-world projects involving industry partners carried out in a studio setting. It is designed to challenge students, and prepare them for the real-life rhythms of design professionals. The programme centres around four main areas of expertise: Literacy, Research, Creation and Strategy. It is completely taught in English, to a multicultural cohort of 48 students. 
The M.Sc. Digital Design is an initiative of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with eight leading Dutch digital agencies (BBDO Amsterdam, DDB Unlimited, Dept, Fabrique, MediaMonks, Mirabeau, Momkai, and Woedend!) and a network of key partners.

Talent as a basis, diversity as a strenght

The AUAS wants to be an organization in which everyone feels welcome, appreciated and at home. As an employer, we believe that the more inclusive we are, the better we can perform as a knowledge institution of and for the city. We therefore strive to see the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that Amsterdam has to offer reflected in the workforce of our university.

For more information http://www.masterdigitaldesign.com and http://www.amsterdamuas.com/mdd

We are offering
The initial period of employment is one year with the possibility of an extension. The tasks belong to the job description of teacher / researcher 2 (docent / onderzoeker 2). The pay scale complies with pay scale 11 (CAO HBO labour agreement for universities of applied sciences). The minimum salary is € 3.658 and the maximum salary is € 5.026 for a full time position and depends on education and experience.

The AUAS offers an extensive package of employee benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and payment of a 13th month. Via the AUAS Academy, the AUAS also offers excellent opportunities for study and personal development and encourages employees to continue their professional education. Lecturers must hold a teaching certificate, or must be willing to obtain one within a set period. The AUAS is willing to pay for the teaching certificate course.

Want to know more about this job opportunity?
Feel free to contact Gabriele Ferri, head of program (g.ferri@hva.nl), or vacatures@hva.nl (please do not use this E-mail address for applications).

Will you be our new colleague?
Convince us! Click on the link below to apply before 15th of August 2020. Interviews will start in the week of 17 August.

What else you need to know

  • This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In the event of equivalent suitability, internal candidates will be given preference over external candidates;
  • We apply the AUAS Job Application Code to this vacancy’s recruitment and selection process.
    No (recruitment) agencies please. 


Gepubliceerd op: 
2 juli 2020