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
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your application marked “Professor in Industrial Design” by 31st May 2016 to: email@example.com 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 www.zhdk.ch