Associate Professor or Assistant Professor in Conceptualization and Prototyping in Product Design Aalborg University, Department of Planning Denmark



The Department of Planning at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen Campus is looking for candidates for a position as Associate Professor or Assistant Professor in Conceptualisation and prototyping in product design. The position is open for appointment from January 1st 2018 or soon hereafter. The position as Associate Professor is permanent. The assistant professor position is open for appointment for a period of 3 years. In your application, please clearly specify whether you apply for the Associate Professor OR/AND the Assistant Professor position. The Associate Professor position has the number 42239 and the Assistant Professor position has the number 201729. The department is in the process of complementing the existing research group working with socio-technical and sustainability approaches to engineering design with two positions that will span between conceptualization, application of materials and product design and relate this to prototyping and manufacturing technology and current developments in sustainable design.    




Applicants to the position must in their research profile show knowledge of and experiences that include:

- conceptualisation as element of the design process

- identify and apply how design methods can contribute to sustainable change

- product construction methodologies that include elements of mechanical design, product platforms and architectures

- product development and eco-design perspectives that include the integration within technical systems

The position require applicants that:

- have a general knowledge on engineering and design issues including experience with engineering design and methods applied to design activities

- have an insight into the assessment of sustainability aspects of materials and product

- can demonstrate experience with research and teaching relevant to the competences required

- ability to work in interdisciplinary teams including socio-technical approaches to design


Expertise in rapid prototyping and the facilitations of design for interactions with end-users and stakeholders around prototypes is an asset. Applicants should preferably hold experience in writing research applications and proven ability to attract external funding is desirable. Teaching will primarily be in the area of sustainable product and systems design, prototyping and product development as well as mechanics and materials selection primarily in the bachelors and masters programs.


You may obtain further professional information from assoc. professor Erik Hagelskjær Lauridsen, +45 6086 6610,


Qualification requirements as Assistant Professor:


Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).


Qualification requirements as Associate Professor: 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.


The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.

  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.

  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.

  • A complete list of publications.

  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.

  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence.

  • References/recommendations.For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Nickie Hermansen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 7902 Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here.


An assessment committee will assess all candidates.  The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.









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