W2 Professorship in Interaction Design
KISD – Köln International School of Design of TH Köln, Germany
Application deadline: December 14, 2017
The successful candidate will represent the area of expertise “Interaction Design” in both the Bachelor and Master degree programs of “Integrated Design” as well as in an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty study program.
Reference number F021704
KISD – Köln International School of Design of TH Köln, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Südstadt campus , requests applications at the earliest possible date for a
W2 Professorship in Interaction Design
Increasing digital networking in almost every area of work and life allows the discipline of design to cover and open up areas of activity that range from improving the quality of interaction of existing products and processes, developing smart adaptive systems, to outlining scenarios that take into account these future and significant changes in organizational, societal, and spatial processes. In this regard, it is the manifold interconnectedness of human action, human life, media, objects, things, and their environments that the focus of attention is directed to.
You perceive “Interaction Design” as an area of expertise which calls for a critical and profound analysis of research subjects to be tested, discussed, and analyzed practically-experimentally and theoretically-scientifically sound, in particular with regard to the topics and fields of “Connected Things | Interactive Materiality”, “Relational Environment | Spatial Interaction”, and “Hybrid Prototyping | Physical Computing” (as listed in the profile of requirements).
In the field of teaching, you will convey analytical, conceptional, technical, and creative skills in order to develop and professionally implement analog, digital, and hybrid interaction patterns, prototypes, and experimental drafts. You will enable students to critically reflect on and deal with new types of networking technologies, computer ubiquity, altered and transformed ideas of things, materialities, and environments as well as processes, potentials, perspectives, and complexities which arise from digitization.
In your individual creative, artistic, and scientific work, you will develop and discuss how interaction patterns can be designed that deal with the intense entanglement between sensual perception and technological environments. You are particularly interested in the interplay of object, body, thing, and space and their specific action relationships. You understand “Interaction Design” as a discipline that demands a discussion on ethical and political issues closely linked to developments in the realm of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.
Your scientific research will be closely linked and synchronized to your teaching topics. We expect you to actively engage in an open and active exchange with other research and teaching areas of KISD and TH Köln. Through your research activity you will strengthen the faculty’s research profile and will raise external funds. You will be involved in the faculty’s self-administration and in the institute’s conceptual framework and administrative structures with the willingness to assume leadership responsibility for organizational and research- and teaching-related processes.
We are looking for an outstanding, highly qualified candidate who will represent the area of expertise both project- and practice-based in the realm of teaching and through both a strong creative-experimental and theoretical-scientific approach in the realm of research. We expect you to have proven expertise in developing, implementing, and assessing innovative artifacts in design and technology, media, structures, systems, and environments. The candidate is supposed to identify future opportunities and developments in the dynamic area of “Interaction Design” with an understanding and interpretation of the discipline as conceptual, process-oriented, and referring to the approach of “Integrated Design”.
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Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler