Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design
University of Gothenburg IT Faculty

Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design

Diary id:PAR 2020/861
Employment level:Open ended
Location:Applied Information Technology
Apply by:2020-08-15

We develop the individual's knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle various aspects of IT as well as the interaction between human and technology in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, digital innovation, e-Health, Internet of Things, mobile communication, robots, social media and IT in schools and teaching.

We provide education at Bachelor's and Master's level anchored in research and the development of society.

The department is located at the knowledge-intensive Lindholmen, and has a well-developed collaboration with both business and public sector as well as the civil society.

The Division of Human-Computer Interaction started in the summer of 2019 and is currently in an expanding phase with the focus to become an important actor within research, education and interaction at the University of Gothenburg. We have a close collaboration with the Division of interaction design at the IT-faculty, and want to strengthen the research within these fields at University of Gothenburg. 

The purpose of the division is to contribute to a sustainable and enjoyable way of living with technology. In a world where IT is constantly present, it is important to understand this presence and how it affects us. The research is primarily focused on applications for health and wellbeing, and we carry out various types of design research and analytical studies of empirical conditions. We do this work by designing, building and studying technology in use. In order to carry out the research, we sometimes need to develop new tools in order to get close and capture the everyday situation. This is a way of studying existing practices, what use looks like today. To study alternative ways in which technology can be present in everyday life, we sometimes also need to design and build these alternatives to be able to test them. With regards to education we work with courses on interaction design, human-computer interaction, and programming. We are currently working on developing new courses and programs in order to expand on our teaching efforts and therefore need to strengthen our competence. We are hiring a senior lecturer in interaction design, with a focus on HCI and programming.

For more information about the division, please visit

Subject area

Interaction design

Job assignments

Work duties consist of teaching both on an introductory and advanced level, as well as research and external assignments within the area of human-computer interaction. Duties include planning, executing, and evaluating education, as well as supervising undergraduate and graduate students. An important aspect is to continue developing education and courses of relevance for HCI, programming, and related domains. There will also be administrative tasks related to education. The person who is hired is expected to independently and together with colleagues conduct research on a high international level and publish research findings in journals and conferences. The work is done in close collaboration with colleagues in the environment at the department. Additional work duties consist of shared responsibilities for methods and equipment as well contribute to the development of the lab environment at the department, and to develop structures for how to teach programming.

The person who is hired is expected to be an active and driving co-worker at the department of applied IT. The department is currently working to establish a strong group around HCI. The hired person will have an important role in the development of the work within this field, along with Alexandra Weilenmann, professor of interaction design.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's employment procedure. Qualifying to be employed is the one who has demonstrated educational skill, has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence or any other skill that is important in the view of the content of the employment and the duties that are to be included. The applicant shall have a doctoral degree in Interaction Design, Computer Science, IT, HCI or other relevant area.


When hiring for the position skills in research and teaching will be valued equally. Scientific skill must be documented through national and international publications within HCI. The applicant must also have experience in designing, building, and evaluating digital technology. This means that the applicant must have very good programming skills, including experience in working with frameworks and architecture for web development and development of mobile applications. The applicant must also have documented skills in conducting design-oriented research, and have experience in and knowledge of how to lead projects that involve system development. Since the department wants to extend their collaboration outside of academia, experience with working in industry or public sector is a merit. Considering the focus of the division is health and wellbeing, it is also a merit with experience within these domains.

When assessing pedagogical skills it is beneficial to have experience with teaching within HCI, interaction design, programming or related fields. Assessing pedagogical skills include planning, executing, evaluating, supervising, and examining, as well as developing courses or similar. Both pedagogical experience and skill must be documented. Courses in teaching for higher education is a merit. If the applicant does not have any education in academic teaching or similar, they are expected to attend such courses, or in other ways acquire similar merits, within a year of taking the position.

We are looking for an independent person who is analytical, responsible and has a drive. The applicant shall have very good knowledge in English both written and oral, and good knowledge in Swedish both written and oral, to be able to work with education in our programs. We will also focus on documented ability and skills to cooperate with others within education, research and interaction with the surrounding society. 

The university will through this recruitment make a holistic assessment of aptitude and skills and select the applicant who is deemed to have the best pre-requisites to conduct and develop current tasks of the position, interact and cooperate externally and internally, as well as contributing to a positive development of the new division and the education at the department.


The employment is a permanent position at full-time/100% with placement at The Department of Applied IT.
Probationary employment may be relevant.
Date of starting the position is as soon as possible or according to agreement.

Appointment procedure

In addition to expert reviews, interviews, trial lectures and references can be a part of the following recruitment process.

For further information:

- Regarding the position, please contact Alexandra Weilenmann, Head of division:

- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Emil Fägerwall Ödman, Human Resources Officer, +46 31 786 29 04


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: IT-fakultetens kansli, Göteborgs universitet, 412 96 Göteborg, 2020-08-15 at the latest.

The application is to be written in English.

The following documents are to be attached:

  • Resume / CV and data
  • Degrees and diplomas, certificates or other documents
  • Letter of intent of maximum one A4 page, where you state what you want to work with if you are offered the employment
  • Presentation of scientific merits containing a list of the (maximum) 10 scientific papers cited, justification for the selection and concise statement of its own scientific activities.
  • Presentation of educational credentials containing educational training. Qualitative reviews, course evaluations or equivalent should be included or referenced in the appendices.
  • Summary of leadership and administrative qualifications and cooperation merits
  • References

Closing date: 2020-08-15


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