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Lecturer Position in Child Culture Design specialising in Participation Processes – University of Gothenburg, Apr 2022


The University of Gothenburg invites applications for a Lecturer position in Child Culture Design specialising in Participation Processes, Sweden – Apr 2022

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General Info

Position: Lecturer Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to standard norms


University of Gothenburg, Sweden


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Qualification Details

The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

An eligible individual for employment as a lecturer has shown teaching expertise and completed at least a Master’s education or has equivalent qualifications or any other expertise of importance, taking into account the position’s subject area and the duties included in the position.

Assessment criteria

Artistic expertise

  • Documented artistic expertise
  • Documented experience in developing artistic projects
  • Visibility and value in art/design life and professional contexts

Research expertise

  • Documented research expertise through, such as through projects and publications related to the subject area
  • Experience in conducting research projects related to child culture, preferably in collaboration with external parties
  • Documented application relevant to the subject area and preferably specifically oriented towards play, tools of play and participatory processes/co-design

Teaching expertise

  • Well-conducted university-level teaching and supervision
  • Motivation for and interest in teaching
  • Highly skilled in conveying knowledge and committed to and interested in the subject

Other assessment criteria

  • Very good knowledge of English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in working using a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach
  • Very good collaborative and communicative skills
  • Good organisational ability

We will make an overall assessment and hire the candidate considered to have the best potential for conducting and developing the duties described above. Great emphasis is placed on individual suitability.

Responsibilities/Job Description

HDK-Valand’s academic programmes in design are based on a holistic perspective on design, focusing in particular on the shared creative skills at the core of all design. Our activities and organisation have an artistic and creative basis. We have created design programmes that dissolve the boundaries separating traditional design areas. Our students can transcend boundaries and delve into artefacts and services in a broader overlapping design field. This includes environments, processes, structures and systems in a post-disciplinary spirit, where great emphasis is placed on social and societal aspects of design.

HDK-Valand also has a doctoral programme in design and is actively working on building a research environment. We also provide free-standing courses in design.

One Bachelor´s programme and three Master´s programme (Design Master, Child Culture Design and Embedded Design)


Subject area

Design, specialising in Child Culture Design

Subject area description

At HDK-Valand, design as a subject integrates practice-based, theoretical and societal issues into design and design practice. We focus on design as an artistic transformative practice as intrinsic in various social, cultural, economic and technological contexts both now and historically. This spans knowledge development about design work by reflective practitioners from an inside perspective to discussion and theory formation about design activities.

We use a holistic approach to design work and artistic skills that characterises our education and research. This approach is independent of design specialisations and creative areas but has a clear societal and humanistic profile, where responsibilities and ethical standpoints are important, such as global and intersectional perspectives.

In our increasingly diverse and multicultural society, we note that high expectations on design and design processes and what they aim to achieve, how they go about it, who they are for and, above all, what impressions they make. This gives rise to questions of participation, co-creation and transdisciplinarity that challenge design and its methods, processes, roles and tools, such as ethical/artistic practice. We regard the subject of design as something that develops in interaction with education, research and society as a whole.

Design specialising in Child Culture Design

Design always occurs in a given context, in a given location and using various given skills, tools, processes and discourses. A key ingredient in how CCD is structured is input from research and knowledge from other disciplines, including psychology, sociology, teaching approaches, etc. Students are then trained to utilize this knowledge into design projects. Child Culture Design is a unique area for HDK-Valand, where we study the link between social sciences and artistic knowledge based on children’s perspective, development and role in society.


You will be part of the teaching staff working on Bachelor’s and Master’s design courses and conducting research. As a lecturer, you are involved in teaching, supervising, administration and various forms of development work, and you will be expected to be an active contributor to the workplace. Master’s education is given in English.

You will be responsible for working together with others to promote an outward-facing, societally active organisation and for developing and problematising design and the role of the designer from an artistic perspective. The work includes a focus on knowledge acquisition, methods/processes, participation/co-creation, sustainable development, gender/norm criticism and global challenges.

In addition to practically oriented courses, Child Culture Design is structured to include the emergence of a multidisciplinary knowledge platform as a result from targeted lectures, seminars and literature studies along with practical project work. As a result, you need to have documented knowledge about the development and perspectives of children, participatory processes, the tools of play, and the prerequisites and possibilities of play currently and historically.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: PAR 2022/505

Application Procedure

Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

Publications that cannot be attached to the application in digital format should be sent to:

HR, HDK-Valand, Box 131, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Information for International Applicants

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.Salaries are set individually at the University.In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details


Type of employment: Employment Protection Act, Section 5.2 Substitute position July 2022 –June 2023, or by agreement

Extent: 80%

Location: HDK-Valand in Gothenburg

Start date: July 2022 or by agreement

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Contact details

Information about the position is provided by:Kalle Klockars, Deputy Head of [email protected]

For questions about the employment procedure, contact:Maria Krång, Human Resources Administrator[email protected]


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:

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