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Associate or Assistant Professor, Design School Kolding

Design School Kolding is looking for an Associate oran Assistant Professor with a special interest in contributing to building upan innovative knowledge environment in the field of Design for Play.

Design for Play  
Design for Play is a Scandinavian hub for play and design that demonstrates how research into play can achieve a practical impact. The founding partners are Design School Kolding, LEGO Foundation, The LEGO Group and a number of other stakeholders. The initiative will produce specific solutions and encourage a more comprehensive dialogue about exploiting and recognising the potential of play.

With an applied research approach, Design for Play is closely related to practice and will include a strong element of making,engaging and co-creating with users. The purpose is to learn from and inspire children to grow up as creative designers of their own life and the world around them.

The associated master degree with an area of specialisation in Design for Play will educate highly specialised play designers with a unique benefitto all companies and public institutions working with play. The programme affiliates some of the world’s best designers, researchers and knowledge partners in the field.

The job 
We hereby invite applications from relevant candidates with a strong interest and documented research experience in the field of design for play – especially children’s play. We welcome expertise in the importance of play from pedagogical or psychological perspectives.

As an Assistant/Associate Professor at Design SchoolKolding, you have a commitment within research as well as education. The right candidate will strengthen the research by contributing to research production, papers, journal articles, dissemination and fundraising as well as contribute actively to the development and implementation of teaching.
We expect the candidate to contribute with knowledge and method generation, and a thorough understanding of the design profession.S/he must be capable of spanning different approaches to practice and research.
The Associate/Assistant Professor will enter into the existing research and educational environment within Design SchoolKolding’s strategic area Play and Design and the upcoming MA programme Design for Play.

It is expected that a number of working days will be placed in Billund because of the close collaboration with the LEGO Foundation, the LEGO Group,Capital of Children and Play User Lab in Billund.

About us 
Design School Kolding is an independent institutionunder the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The school offers Bachelor, Master and PhD level degrees. Design School Kolding provides a joint design education with four directions: Communication Design,Industrial Design, Fashion and Textile Design, and Accessory Design. In addition, the teaching also contains interdisciplinary subjects within methods, aesthetics, design history, the history of science as well as formstudies.

Design School Kolding has approximately 85 fulltime employees. The schooloffers a dynamic work environment with dedicated colleagues from many different backgrounds. The atmosphere enriches daily work and brings life to the old factory building which is constantly changing to suit the school’s needs.

With the three overall strategic areas of welfare design, sustainability, and play and design, Design School Kolding is dedicated to improving the world through design. This also means that Design School Kolding has a strong focus on creating an education that is relevant and aimed towards future employability. Another way of strengthening the education is by having research aimed towards the four directions of the programmes, as well as towards the strategic areas. The research thus supports and develops the teaching while ensuring that there is cross-pollination between research and teaching with the researchers often using the student projects as data for their research.

We offer a dynamic, internationally oriented education and research environment with close collaborations with external actors and research environments like University of Southern Denmark, the region of SouthernDenmark and several businesses.

The Facts
The position is a full-time position. Wage level is relative to seniority and according to the collective agreement regulating the Danish labour market. We expect that part of the job’s working hours will take place in Billund.

The application must contain:

  • Motivated application of no more than 3 pages
  • Teaching portfolio
  • CV
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas
  • Detailed list of publications
  • 3-4 selected articles/papers
  • The application and materials must be in English orDanish (alternatively in another of the Scandinavian languages).

After the application deadline, a shortlist of the most promising applications will be made, which will then be assessed by an expert assessment committee. The applicants will be informed about the members of the committee. When the committee has finished their assessment, each applicant will receive a review of his or her application.
We welcome both national and international applications with respect to the fact that Design for Play is rooted in a Danish/Scandinavian context of design and play.
Design School Kolding wishes to reflect the surrounding society and encourages anyone to apply, irrespective of personal background.

For further information, please contact Research Secretary Christina Rosendahl, phone: +45 91 33 30 04 or mail: or Acting Head of Research Anne Louise Bang, phone: +45 22 64 74 02 or mail:

Also, please read the Design School Kolding Research Strategy: or pay a visit to the school website: 

The application deadline is April 7th 2017, and the expert assessment committee will convene shortly thereafter.The position is to be filled by August 1st 2017 or as soon as possible there after.