New Job Posting – Chair in Design Informatics

UE10, Salary competitive commensurate with experience and responsibilities

Edinburgh College of Art, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

35 hours p/w, Open-ended

Chair in Design Informatics

We are seeking an experienced and successful academic to co-direct and drive forward our research, innovation and pedagogy within the Institute for Design Informatics. You will have proven experience of grant capture and collaborating with a variety of partners, and a track record of working at the intersection of design, data and emerging technologies.

The Opportunity:

This is an opportunity to co-direct the Institute of Design Informatics, representing Edinburgh College of Art in this interdiscplinary space, which is co-directed with a colleague from the School of Informatics.

Data driven innovation is transforming society, the economy and design and creative processes. In the Institute for Design Informatics, we engage in creative and ethical design practice, creating experiences and prototyping systems that enable diverse communities and stakeholders to explore the implications of the data society, the digital economy, and the adoption of intelligent and autonomous technologies. Relevant “createch” technologies range from the internet of things, through blockchains, to robotics, data visualisation, interaction design, AI, XR, social computing, and Virtual Production.

We promote the critical and playful exploration of data as a material for design, participatory and speculative practices, and deep engagement with industry, public, non-profit and policy partners. We also place great emphasis on public engagement, benefitting from our own engagement facility, Inspace, through which we exhibit our research, host creatives-in-residence, host public and industry facing workshops, and deliver public talks. Over the last decade, the Institute has rapidly grown to a large interdisciplinary community of 100+ members, with a core group of 16 academic faculty.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • International research profile and success winning research grants and delivering impact and innovation
  • Experience of successful engagement with industry
  • Innovative and inclusive approach to pedagogy
  • Commitment to collegial working practices
  • Experience of leadership in Higher Education and managing complex, interdisciplinary programmes and research groups

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If you have queries relating to this role, please contact Juan Cruz on or John Vines on or

Should you be shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide details of 3 referees.  If any candidate wishes to submit references at the application stage, they can be sent to

As a valued member of our team you can expect: 

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Apply Before: 13th November 2023


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