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    Karmen Franinovic
    Head of Interaction Design
    Zürich University of the Arts
    Zurich, Switzerland

    Tenure-track Position in Interaction Design (80%)

    Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), home to around 2500 students, is the largest arts university in Switzerland and one of the largest in Europe. We are a truly international provider of higher education and offer a unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in design, film, art, media, music, dance, theatre, and arts education. Closely interrelating teaching and research, we provide an ideal setting for transdisciplinary projects. Our affiliated museums, the Museum of Design and the Bellerive Museum, feature various acclaimed thematic art and design exhibitions every year. Hosting over 1000 events a year, we make a significant contribution to cultural life in the city and region of Zurich.

    Established in 2001, Interaction Design program (IAD) is an educational and research environment in which we apply design thinking to real-world issues as well as explore novel technologies in an experimental creative approach. IAD members pursue academic research within field of design, art, and architecture, work on projects with business clients, non-profit and government organizations and develop internationally acclaimed artistic works. We offer BA and MA programs that practically and theoretically examine the role of design within contemporary culture and allow students to probe visions of future within the everyday context.

    We invite applications for the following position:

    Tenure-track Position in Interaction Design (80%)

    We are looking for a candidate with the best teaching and research record to join our interaction design team. The candidate should have an MA or PhD degree in Interaction Design, Media Art or related fields, as well as experience in practice-based teaching and research, creative and theoretical investigation and experimental methods.  We are particularly interested in applicants whose profile is multidisciplinary and whose work focuses on innovative design approaches within the context of ecological-economic sustainability and socio-cultural responsibility. The candidate’s research and teaching interests should be related to topic of embodied and spatial interaction design.

    The successful candidate should have teaching and research experience that combines creative work (object making, video prototyping, digital media, art installations, physical computing, mobile applications…) with critical, social and cultural theories and methods (ethnography, philosophy, social sciences, cultural studies, design and art history…). She or he will be expected to teach design studios and courses and supervise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to teaching, the candidate will be expected to participate in meetings, curriculum development, admissions and organization of events, and overall program leadership. The candidate’s development of new research projects and collaborations can lead to a full time employment.

    Interested candidates should submit the following: A formal letter of application; A curriculum vitae; A portfolio; A statement of teaching philosophy (possibly including example course syllabi and student evaluations); A summary of research interests; Three selected publications; Three names of reference, including contact information.

    Please submit your applications before October 6, 2013 via email to: dde.hrm@zhdk.ch

    For questions, please contact Karmen Franinovic, Head of Interaction Design: karmen.franinovic@zhdk.ch.

    For more information visit http://www.zhdk.ch or http://iad.zhdk.ch/

    The Zurich University of the Arts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

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