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Professor in Design Studies

The Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Humanities, invites applications for a position as Professor in Design Studies. The position is at the campus in Kolding and is available from 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Design and Communication encompasses Design, International Business Communication, Information Studies, Library Science, Web Communication, and Tourism.

Applicants must have research and teaching experience at professor level within the theoretical, historical, and analytical dimensions of the field. Applicants must contribute to the continued development of the humanities-based design study profile of the department including its dimensions of practice and communication.
The academic environment engages in the humanities-based study of historical, cultural, communicative and aesthetic aspects of design in relation to culture, business and society. Please find more information here.

Applicants must document experience with:

  • Research management
  • Raising external funding
  • International research network
  • International research cooperation.

The successful applicant is expected to head cross-disciplinary research groups, as well as contribute to the continued development of the department’s educational profile including the Master programme in Design Management, the Master programme in Design Studies, the Bachelor programme in Design Culture and Economics, and the Bachelor programme in Design Culture.

As part of the application please include a vision for the further development of design studies within the humanities at University of Southern Denmark. The vision should aim at both research and teaching. It must place SDU’s humanities-based design studies in both a national as well as international perspective related to research and considering cooperation with the surroundings.

The vision should frame the development of the academic environment’s existing cooperation with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management and Design School Kolding as well as possible cooperation with other academic environments at SDU and other relevant research environments in Denmark. Furthermore, the vision should relate to SDU’s overall strategy.

International staff is expected to be able to teach in Danish after a two-year period. 

For further information, please contact Marianne Wolff Lundholt, Head of Department, phone +45 6550 1339 or email malu@sdu.dk


Application, salary, and condition of employment etc.

Employment shall be on the terms specified in the labour market agreement and the salary shall correspond to LR 37 (pay bracket 37) annually DKK 536.665,33 plus pension (1st April 2016 level). To this must be added a non-pension-qualifying supplement of DKK 52.935,93 (1st April 2016 level) from the executive pool. 

Appointment to this position may also include teaching obligations in regard to related degree programs.

An application must include: 

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas/Certifcates
  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • Research plan including documentatation for research management
  • Vision for the humanistic design studies of the future
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • A maximum of 9 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.

Applicants for a professorship at the Faculty of Humanities are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here.

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be assessed.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying. 

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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Deadline 2020-May-18

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