Principal Research Scientist, Design and ICT Häme University of Applied Sciences Finland

Principal Research Scientist, Design and ICT Häme University of Applied Sciences, Smart Services Research Unit Finland

We are seeking a principal research scientist focusing on smart design integrated into digital solutions and services. The principal research scientist integrates technology and design into education and research. The person collaborates with multidisciplinary educational and applied research teams.

The candidate we are looking for has a professional background in new and approaching technologies in digital design, prototyping, and production and manufacturing processes. The candidate has expertise in future trends in smart and sustainable design, technology and business, and has knowledge in design thinking methodology, strategic design, design management, customer-centred services and concept design processes. Competence in the following areas is an advantage: digital design, VR (virtual reality), XR (extended reality), AR (augmented reality), MR (mixed reality), wearable technology and intelligent material.

The selected person has good skills, knowledge and experience in

• design and design thinking
• R&D projects, externally funded projects
• pedagogy - experience in educational planning and development and multidisciplinary teaching at the bachelor and master level and experience in supervising final theses
• soft skills, e.g. team working and networking
• university and enterprise cooperation.

The tasks of principal research scientist are to

• develop research and education on the basis of multidisciplinary competence;
• analyse future trends in smart and sustainable design, technology and service business;
• create and commercialise new concepts for smart and sustainable products and services, understanding and renewing production capabilities of new smart products;
• participate in the development of work and society when digitalisation is increasing and leading the change of behaviour culture;
• produce publications;
• collaborate in national and international networks;
• search for external funding opportunities.

Requirements of applicants

An applicable doctoral degree is required, in addition to the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and experience in education and research in the field of design and design

You show initiative, you have good teamwork skills and you speak English fluently. The qualification requirements for principal research scientist at the university of applied sciences level in Finland are in accordance with decree 1129/2014 § 17. A principal research scientist is also required to have pedagogical studies (60 credits or 35 course credits).

We offer you an inspiring and future-oriented work environment where you can develop your own competence. This position is permanent and based at the Hämeenlinna University Centre (Visamäki). The position starts by separate agreement at the earliest possible date.

Häme University of Applied Sciences - HAMK

Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) is a higher education institution with 7500 students and 650 employees. Our strategic goal is to build a respected international and professionally oriented university, which is the leading developer of innovations and promoter of entrepreneurship within our operational environment.

We also aim to increase the competence level of citizens in our region and to be a flexible business partner.
The Smart Services Research Unit of Häme University of Applied Sciences is a dynamic environment for applied research, development and innovation services supporting business enterprises, wellbeing organisations and everyday life in their digitalisation and development of service systems.

Design education aims at mastering the entire design and manufacturing process of products (fashion, footwear, and glass and ceramics) with a customer-oriented approach. It also aims at understanding the importance of economic and ecological aspects in the design process. Development is strongly focused on smart and sustainable design.

Contact information

Inquiries: Director of Smart Services Research Unit Vesa Salminen, mob: +358 50 4699945, Head of Degree Programme in Design Juha Laurikainen, mob +358 40 5306323, Head of Degree Programme in Business Information Technology Tommi Lahti, mob +358 50 5743518.

Applications are to be sent electronically via (key: HAMK-01-296-18) or by email by 30 September 2018 at the latest.

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