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Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) offers a broad range of degree programmes in Design, Film, Fine Art, Media, Music, Dance, Drama and Art Education, pursued by around 2500 students all under one roof.

Industrial Design in the Department of Design is a well-established subject area with particular expertise in product design. This is currently being pursued in research and development, teaching (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level), continuing education and services.

From the 2016 autumn semester we are looking for a

Head of Industrial Design (professorial position) 80%

In particular, professors are responsible for raising the profile of subject area and for its strategic development in all aspects of their work, both within and beyond the university. This position is addressed at internationally established designers with an excellent performance record in design, teaching and research.

As head of the subject area you are responsible for the disciplinary development of the subject area. You ensure the interplay of all aspects of the field and with other subject areas in the department. The subject area adheres to the strategic focus of the ZHdK and of the department in:

  • teaching and research
  • internationalisation
  • leadership and organisation (quality management, employee advancement)
  • communication and networking

As head of the subject area you are also responsible for designing and managing the “Product” specialism in the Master of Arts in Design degree programme, and for developing the Industrial Design research focus. Your teaching activities at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level are linked sustainably to your own research topics. You work closely with colleagues responsible for the Bachelor’s specialization and with others at the ZHdK, and are involved in the relevant organisational bodies and working groups. You discuss and set strategic goals for the development of the subject area with the head of department. You define the operative goals in teaching and research in conjunction with the heads of the Bachelor and Master of Arts in Design degree programmes and the head of the Institute for Design Research.

You reflect on and contribute to the following topics:

  • defining the role of Industrial Design in relation to technologies, production processes, digitalisation and innovation
  • design’s relevance to society and its responsibility with regard to economic, social and sustainable development
  • the role of design in provoking reflection and helping to define aesthetic cultures
  • knowledge of theories, methods and processes in Industrial Design

You have considerable understanding and experience of the user orientation of design and understand Industrial Design to be an independent and future-oriented academic field. In this position you head a team of specialists (lecturers, researchers, other academic and administrative staff) and so bring organisational, leadership and management experience and the ability to manage staff and resources sensitively. You are part of a national and international design community and are willing to settle in Zurich. You have a strong professional network and are able to publish and teach in German and English.

For further information, please contact Prof. Hansuli Matter, Director of the Department of Design,

Please send your application marked “Professor in Industrial Design” by 31st May 2016 to: or by post to: Zurich University of the Arts, Human Resources Management, Rahel Knöpfli, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Postfach, 8031 Zurich.

Information about the Zurich University of the Arts can be found at


Open Design for E-very-thing
Date: 21-24 November 2016
Hosted by Hong Kong Design Institute
Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is an international conference for designers, researchers, students and citizens to be a part of a series of events concerning Open Design. Events include international design conference, round table Cumulus working group meetings, design movie festival, exhibitions, design tours and more.

The theme of Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is ‘Open Design for E-very-thing — exploring new design purposes’, which seeks to explore this openness of design, namely the opening up of design process and design for openness. Six different tracks are set to explore the new purposes of design, including Open Design for Empathy, Ethnography, Experiment, Environment, Education and Engagement.

We cordially invite you to submit contributions on any of these six tracks and join the conference in Hong Kong from 21 to 24 November 2016.
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Abstracts on any of the six topics below are welcome. Selected applicants may present their final submission in a format of their choice: full paper, short paper, workshop, artefact, fashion collection, movie or video.

1. Open Design for Empathy
2. Open Design for Ethnography
3. Open Design for Experiment
4. Open Design for Environment
5. Open Design for Education
6. Open Design for Engagement
Contributions are encouraged from all backgrounds. Selected abstracts and final submissions will be published as part of the conference publication.
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Key dates
Deadline for abstract 1 June 2016
Notification of abstract acceptance 1 July 2016
Deadline for full submission 1 September 2016
Final submission of papers and proposals 15 October 2016

Hong Kong material

HKU • Expertise Centre Research and Innovation • Lange Viestraat 2b • Postbox 1520 • 3500 BM Utrecht

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