New Job Posting – Lecturer in Design Informatics – ECA

UE08, £45,585- £54,395 per annum pro rata

21 hours p/w (Part-time)


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

Lecturer in Design Informatics

We are looking for a lecturer to join the Design Informatics Programme, part of the Institute of Design Informatics, in the School of Design. We are seeking a candidate in applied and practice-led areas where data and creativity collide, aligned to wider institute themes of Design Informatics. This could include specialist expertise in areas of Creative AI or physical computing, immersive or augmented realities, applied to a range of appropriate research contexts.

The Opportunity:

Applications are invited for a Lecturer position at the Institute of Design Informatics in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh. This post is part of a continuing expansion of the Institute of Design Informatics, and associated expertise at the intersection of design, data science, and artificial intelligence at the University.

This post is associated with the Institute for Design Informatics (IDI), a long-standing joint research initiative between the Schools of Design and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. About to enter its eleventh year, IDI successfully draws upon Edinburgh’s unique combination of strengths in Informatics and Design. Working with technology as a medium for practice-based enquiry, our Design Informatics programme is designed to inspire, equip and nurture a new generation of researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs at the intersection of data, design and emerging technologies. IDI has a wide-range of projects funded by grants from external funding bodies (e.g., UKRI, EU), with projects typically aiming to consider futures for design through a series of imaginative and provocative data-driven prototypes that help us to make ‘real’ through design the ideas that underpin the emerging data society.

The successful candidate will join IDI’s dynamic team of 75+ academics, researchers, software research engineers and professional services staff. They will contribute to the Institute’s diverse research, teaching and entrepreneurship activities, and help shape the future of its Master’s programme, developing a leading educational offer within a framework of research and knowledge exchange.

We are open to applications from candidates across a range of aligned subject areas and fields that are of relevance to Design Informatics, but particularly including applicants with track records exploring material/ immaterial fields including areas of fashion-tech, soft robotics, material connectivity, creative AI and body-data. We are especially seeking applicants who can take a strategic lead on the applied practice-based technical agenda within IDI across courses to develop our portfolio of activities around a diverse portfolio of creative technologies. This includes building collaborations with researchers and industry engaged in technical innovations across a range of aligned data-driven systems. We are seeking a candidate who focuses on practice-based research, who can embed their studio practice into the student studio experience and integrate with Design Informatics research community.

The successful candidate will be required to deliver support across the developing curriculum, and be required to take on additional civic duties within the department relating to course delivery. This may in time include senior rotating roles. The role may in the future involve possible Programme Directorship and or wider citizenship roles including course admissions, degree show development, and co-hort development activity.

We are seeking current and future leaders in the field. The successful candidate will ideally hold a PhD qualification (or be near to completing one) and /or a Masters Degree with relevant industry and sustained teaching experience. We are an active research Institute and the candidate will be encouraged to contribute to development of this through knowledge exchange or research-led teaching and practice.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the five founding partners of the UK’s Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; this gives rise to opportunities to interact with PhD students, research fellows and senior researchers within the Turing Institute network of partners.

Apply Before: 24th September 2023


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