CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Open post: Umeå Institute of Design, Senior Lecturer on artistic foundation in industrial design 50%

Senior Lecturer on artistic foundation in industrial design 50%
Last day to apply June 12, 2015

Umeå Institute of Design

We are looking for a Senior lecturer on artistic/practice based foundation in industrial design, with focus on social and environmental sustainable development. This is a 50% position and the last day to apply is June 12th 2015. You will have worked as an industrial designer and have experience of teaching in industrial design.

Key responsibilities
As a Senior lecturer you will work with teaching and tutoring of students on basic and advanced level in industrial design with focus on social and environmental sustainable development.

You will be responsible for teaching, education planning and developing the education in industrial design, together with our programme directors, teachers and other staff.

Developing the subject area of industrial design – artistically, professionally and pedagogically – is an important part of your work, as is contributing to the development of Umeå Institute of Design as a whole, through strategic collaborations internally as well as externally.

According to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person shall qualify for appointment as Senior lecturer if he or she, within an artistic discipline:

– has demonstrated pedagogic skills

– holds an artistic/practice based doctorate, or has demonstrated artistic skills, or has attained other professional skills relevant in relation to the subject area of the appointment and the work duties included in the appointment.

The artistic skills are pertinent to the field of industrial design, with a focus on sustainability

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a person with substantial experience as an industrial designer who has a good understanding of Scandinavian user centered design.

You have very good knowledge and skills in working with industrial design with focus on sustainability in all stages of the design process, and you also have documented experience in the field.

Documented experience of teaching in industrial design is essential and we want you to be able to formulate your own pedagogical vision or statement in relation to the design process and the role of the industrial designer.

You will have the ability to work collaboratively with the surrounding society with the purpose of creating visibility of, understanding for, and subject development within, industrial design. You are also good at articulating and reflecting on industrial design as a field in a social context.

Proficiency in English is essential, both written and spoken. Knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

How to apply
You apply through our recruitment system. Log on to the system and apply via the button at the bottom of the webpage.

Your application should contain:

● A cover letter presenting yourself and your motives for applying
● A CV
● A pedagogical portfolio, if you have one, otherwise a compilation of your pedagogical experience/engagement and description of your pedagogical views on teaching and education, especially in relation to the design field. (Description and tips regarding pedagogical portfolio can be found at:
● A design portfolio
● If applicable, other documentation that shows artistic and/or pedagogical skills
● If applicable, a maximum of three publications
● Names and contact details for at least 2 references

The position
This is a 50%, permanent position. Start of employment is according to agreement.

For further information, contact Head of Department Maria Göransdotter:, +46 90-786 70 36, or Deputy Head of Department: Niklas Andersson: +46 90 786 70 34.

More about Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå Institute of Design is ranked as one of the best design educations in the world. We do research and education in industrial design, and give courses and programs on both basic, advanced and PhD level. The education at Umeå Institute of Design has an artistic foundation, and our courses are often structured as projects together with external partners. In these projects the students at Umeå Institute of Design have the possibility to go deeper in a subject area, where design methods and design processes are used to bring out concepts and solutions for new products, services and experiences. The students develop and evaluate their ideas in close collaboration with users, and actively reflect about their future role in working life, always with the help of experienced tutors. Umeå Institute of Design has a creative and international environment, with a flat organization and a close interaction between students and employees. Read more about us at

Type of employment
Permanent position

Working hours


Maria Göransdotter
Tel: 0907867036

Niklas Andersson
Tel: 090-786 70 34

Union representative

Tel: 090-786 53 65

Tel: 090-786 52 96

Tel: 090-786 54 31

First day of employment
According to agreement