Associate Professor in transportation design

Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University is looking for an associate professor in transportation design, a position offering the freedom to explore the future direction of the subject and influence the next generation of designers. The position can lead to the role of programme director for the master's program in transportation design. The employment is permanent and full-time. 

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before 2022-06-27


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We are now looking for an associate professor with a focus on transportation design with the ambition of taking a leading role in subject development and future leadership for the programme. We are looking for you with several years of experience within the subject for example UX (user experience), CMF (color, material and finish) or strategic design.


Your tasks as an associate professor consist of teaching and supervising, administration, development and department-wide duties. This position could offer a position as programme director for the master's program in transportation design, a four-year assignment. As associate professor you are expected to develop and actively follow subject development within the special area, while also observing the broader societal development that might carry importance for your work at the university. The tasks include maintaining and developing good work routines and contributing to the planning and development of the entire organisation.

Being able to contribute to a good working climate by collaborating with others within the department, at Umeå University and with external partners is integral to all parts of the employment.

Eligibility requirements

According to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person shall be qualified for appointment as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor if he or she within an artistic discipline, has demonstrated educational expertise and holds an artistic practice-based doctorate, and has demonstrated artistic skills or has attained other professional skills relevant in relation to the subject area of the appointment and the duties included in the appointment.]

Several years of documented work experience within transportation industry is a requirement. Good knowledge of English in speech and writing is required.

Assessment criteria and their weight

The assessment criteria for appointment as a associate professor/senior lecturer shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of artistic expertise.

As a basis for assessment, the degree of artistic skill will be considered as a first priority, then pedagogical skill will be considered. In addition, communication and collaboration skills, as well as other skills of importance with regard to the employment's subject content and the work tasks that must be included in the employment, must be taken into account.

Artistic expertise

The artistic expertise of the candidate must have been demonstrated through artistic production or practice and developmental work within the artistic disciplines. The criteria for assessment are:

  • artistic depth and power of expression
  • artistic originality
  • visibility and valuation within the art world and in professional contexts
  • productivity
  • artistic research and development work
  • awards and scholarships, etc.
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

Pedagogical expertise

The pedagogical expertise for employment as associate professor should be demonstrated by documented experience of teaching with scientific foundation at university level. The criteria for evaluation are:

  • an ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
  • an ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • a reflective approach to student learning and one's own role as a teacher

Pedagogical expertise can be attained through education in university pedagogy, other education of relevance for teaching at a university level or documented and proven experience teaching at the university level.

Further qualifications

A general basis for assessment for all teaching categories is both good cooperative skills and the expertise and suitability in general required to complete the work duties satisfactorily.

  • Good communication skills, with a focus on presenting ideas both orally, in text and with the help of visualizations
  • Experience of team or project management, preferably with the help of agile methods or other project management methods
  • Experience of working with issues related to social transformation, mobility or sustainability
  • Skills and knowledge in digital modeling and visualization tools

Knowledge of Swedish in speech and writing is an advantage.

Further details

The place of employment is Umeå and the person offered the position is expected to move to Umeå.


The application should preferably be written in English, and include the following items:

  1. a personal letter, including contact details
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a list of articles published
  4. an account of artistic expertise
  5. an account of pedagogical experience and activities
  6. an account of experiences of developing and managing activities and staff
  7. an account for collaboration with the surrounding society and any popular science activities
  8. subject development plan
  9. copies of relevant diplomas
  10. copies of relevant publications and pedagogical work
  11. references, including contact details 

See instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe artistic and educational activities (pdf)

Applications should be made via e-recruitment system Varbi and be received  no later than 2022-06-27. 

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Demian Horst, Head of department  

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AN 2.2.1-589-22



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