Professor / Associate Professor in Communication Design

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
28 Sep 2018
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28 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking an internationally renowned scholar in Communication Design, with a track record of excellent research and other scholarly outputs, that will complement and ultimately lead the development of the discipline. The School of Design is looking to to expand on traditional subjects located in Communication Design. We are interested in pursuing a critical and strategic approach to reframing the narrative and direction of communication design in light of a broader design agenda on gender and cultural identities, decolonizing design and the social and political implications of design.  

Northumbria is in the Top 200 Under 50 global University rankings and has been recognised by Times Higher Education as having the biggest rise in ‘research power’ of any university following the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Northumbria University has an international reputation for its Design research and training, and we have built strong partnerships in Design and the Creative Industries. 
To build on this, the School of Design seeks to appoint a candidate who will consolidate our global reputation through research and professional practice; initiate new and impactful research projects individually and in collaboration with colleagues and a range of high-profile institutions and external partners; generate external income; supervise PhD students; contribute to collaborative research community within the School of Design and make a significant contribution to the leadership and development of research and knowledge exchange within the School and wider Faculty. In addition you will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, enriching the curriculum through your research and expertise. 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent, with an international reputation in the field of communication design, with a consistent record of excellent research outputs (either through scholarly publication or practice) and evidence of national and international collaboration across different disciplines. It is essential that they have exceptional written and verbal communication skills; relevant teaching and postgraduate supervisory experience; people and organisational leadership skills; and the ability to develop and ‘win’ significant external funding bids. They should also be able to demonstrate a willingness to work as part of a team and to take on administrative and management tasks, as required within a vibrant School of Design.
For informal enquiries about this post please contact: Dr Heather Robson, Head of the School of Design
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Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.  

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