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Professor in Interaction Design (f/m)

University of Twente. Enschede (Niederlande), 09.11.2016

Professor in Interaction Design


Location Enschede
Function types Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Scientific fields Natural Sciences, Engineering
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Education Doctorate
Job number 864924
About employer University of Twente (UT)

Job description

The University of Twente, founded in 1961, is a leading young, entrepreneurial university, setting standards in new technologies and seeking to stimulate change, renewal and progress in society. Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide, the University prides itself on the capacity to work closely both with the technologies of the future in information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, and with behavioural and social science research to produce innovative and cutting-edge solutions.

In realizing the University‘s ambition to connect ‘hi-tech‘ to ‘human touch‘, design plays an essential role in making technology available in a useful, efficient and meaningful way to individuals, organizations and society at large. In hosting technology-based faculties and a behavioural sciences faculty, the University of Twente harbours the ideal, multidisciplinary environment for connecting people and technology. The Department of Design, Production and Management at the Faculty of Engineering Technology embodies the University‘s multidisciplinary focus, its entrepreneurial character, and also honours the potential of new technologies and smart designs for both industrial applications and for enriching people‘s everyday experiences.


The Department of Design, Production and Management now seeks to appoint a new Chair of Interaction Design. Working in close cooperation with the other chairs in the Department, the successful appointee will act as one of the core pillars of the design program at the University of Twente. S/he will have a track record in design research with a close affinity with design practice and will be a world-leading researcher in an area relevant to the broad field of interaction design with ample experience in research on the interaction between people and technology. This includes research topics and disciplines such as tangible interaction, design for experience, design & emotion, product design, interactive spaces, physical computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing. The Chair will be one of the scientific leaders of the DESIGNLAB, a multi-disciplinary institute aimed at building bridges between the faculties, industry and (non-) governmental institutions. The newly established chair of Interaction Design will strengthen research and education in Design at the University of Twente. The Design programme at the University of Twente is aimed at educating a new generation of designers, who integrate scientific knowledge with creative design skills, and who are able to understand the societal impact of their designs.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Applications should consist of a covering letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position and a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post on +31 (0)20 240 4374 or More information about this position can be found at: Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference number 2768. The deadline for applications is 9am on December 12, 2016.

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Conditions of employment

University of Twente offers a full time position as professor, with the intention to grant tenure after three years. Salary, benefits and other employment conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. CTW combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.

Bewerbungsschluss: 12.12.2016