Lecturer in Design, specialising in Embedded Design

Ref PAR 2022/1601

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

HDK-Valand together with the Academy of music and drama form Scandinavia's largest artistic faculty, with a unique breadth of artistic education and research. We are centrally located in Gothenburg and have a close collaboration with local and regional actors as well as a broad international network and many international partners. Our goal is to form Scandinavia's largest and broadest art academy, which will make our voice stronger in both Swedish and international contexts and attract strong researchers, teachers and students. Together we create a dynamic, outward-looking and international environment and a good starting point for education, research and collaboration at the forefront.

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.

Subject area 

Design, specialising in Embedded 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 Embedded Design:

The Master’s programme Embedded Design combines organisational knowledge and artistic design in a collaborative process. A student in the programme learns to use design as a tool to create sustainable solutions in an integrated process together with organisations. The concept of Embedded Design alludes to the designer’s role in the work process. The Embedded Design Master’s programme provides students with an opportunity to develop a more integrated, and collaborative, approach to design. This is done by acquiring the knowledge and tools needed to work with an organisation from within, the designer can gain an understanding of complex systems and serve as a bridge between disciplines. Collaboration is, also, a major focus of the course content. Companies, organisations and other departments at the university contribute to an interdisciplinary perspective and enrich the education through collaborations, lectures, workshops and real project case studies.


You will be a member 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 within the teaching team to promote an outward-facing, societally active teaching program 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.

Design’s practical aspects, especially through design of what is contemplated and communicated through form, are integral to HDK-Valand. HDK-Valand offers the student the opportunity to consistently have an artistic focus throughout the programme through conscious selection of projects. In Embedded Design, we take a process-oriented and collaborative approach.

We are looking for a person who is confident, curious and sees opportunities rather than obstacles.


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. 

To be eligible for appointment as a lecturer, the applicant is required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and to have completed higher education at second-cycle level at least, or have the corresponding competence or some other expertise that is of value in view of the subject area content of the post and the duties it will involve. 

Assessment criteria 

Artistic expertise

  • Documented artistic expertise
  • Documented experience in developing artistic projects
  • Visibility and value in art/design life and professional contexts
  • Artistic higher education in design or design-related subjects
  • A well-documented practice related to the subject area

Teaching expertise

  • Documented experience of university-level teaching
  • Motivation for and interest in teaching
  • Highly skilled in conveying knowledge and committed to and interested in the subject.


Other assessment criteria

  • Very good collaborative skills
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in working using a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach
  • Approaches to design and the design profession and how it relates to HDK-Valand’s profile
  • Demonstrated coordination ability, i.e. skilled at handling multiple tasks and teaching assignments that cross the same time period and ability to be self-motivated
  • Very good knowledge of English and Swedish, both verbally and in writing.

We will make an overall assessment and hire the candidate considered to have the best potential for conducting and developing the duties described above. Your approach to design and the design profession and how it relates to HDK-Valand’s profile also is important. Great emphasis is placed on individual suitability.



Type of employment: The employment is time restricted accordingly to Lagen om anställningsskydd - LAS § 5.2 Vikariat.
January 2023 – january, 2024, or by agreement. The employment might be prolonged.

Extent: 60% of fulltime

Location: HDK-Valand in Gothenburg

Start date: January 2023 or by agreement

Contact information 

Information about the position is provided by:
Kalle Klockars, Deputy Head of Department

For questions about the employment procedure, contact:
Maria Krång, Human Resources Administrator


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 



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
and need to be recieved no later than 30th November 2022.


 Interviews will be held December 9th 2022.


Applications must be received by: 30th November 2022


Information for International Applicants 

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