Associate Professor in Interaction Design

Deadline: 31.12.2023

Oslo School of Architecture and Design

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is an internationally leading, specialized university within the disciplines design, architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. AHO offers a unique research-based education of international standing. Established in 1945, today it has built a solid national funding base and is prominently ranked internationally. AHO awards Master’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design, as well as a PhD programme. In its education, the school follows a studio-based model with a low faculty-to-student ratio that encourages individual development and collaboration. The school has approximately 800 students and 270 employees.

The Institute of Design is responsible for AHO's 5-year integrated Master's program in design, as well as the school's 2-year international Master's program in design. Additionally, the institute runs a executive master within SOD in system-oriented design. The institute adopts a broad and comprehensive approach to design, emphasizing the discipline's societal relevance. It engages in teaching and research within, and across, the fields of industrial design, interaction design, service design, and system-oriented design. The skills acquired by our students during their education are highly sought after in the Norwegian job market. The institute is one of the leading academic communities both within and outside Europe. With a highly international environment comprising 52 staff members from various nations, the institute maintains extensive national and international networks. It collaborates closely with both the private sector and the public sector in research and innovation projects. The numerous projects carried out by both students and staff regularly receive national and international design awards.

About Ocean Industries Concept Lab

Ocean Industries Concept Lab stands at the forefront of maritime design research, establishing itself as a premier research entity specializing in the development of advanced workplaces for ocean industries. Located within the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, OICL is a hub for user-centered innovation in the maritime sector. In every project, OICL remains dedicated to enhancing the interface between human experience and maritime technology, continually steering towards a more efficient, safe, and user-friendly future for the ocean industries.

Read more about OICL here.

About the position

The Institute of Design at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) call for applications for a full-time, four-year position as an associate professor in interaction design, with a focus on multimodal interaction design for advances workplaces. This position will be split between teaching, as a part of the Interaction design staff, and research on next generation workplace design, as a part of the Ocean Industries Concept Lab.

We are looking for an interaction designer and researcher with a broad profile and experience from a range of digital design projects. The candidate should have experience with design- and technology-thematic from across the digital design sector. The candidate should have extensive generalist competency as an interaction designer, as well as experience in creative exploration and concept development with emerging technologies. In particular, we are seeking someone with a solid foundation in designing digital user interfaces for a range of contexts, as well as experiences in conceptualizing, critiquing and developing digital systems and interactions. A broader design background that also covers fields such as industrial design would be valuable.

As a researcher you are interested in helping to push the state of the art of design practice and develop knowledge that will help the design profession tackle design for advanced digital workplaces. The person should have extensive knowledge about how to design for complex contexts and applying both traditional screen based user interfaces and emerging technologies to improve safety critical systems.

We are interested in hiring a practiced designer with a strong portfolio who is also accomplished educator with experience from teaching design on Master- and undergraduate-level.


As an educator, this person will be responsible for teaching and developing interaction design courses for Master and undergraduate students. Experience in practice-led and studio-based teaching in a design school will be prioritized.

Responsibilities teaching

  • Developing and teaching studio-based undergraduate and Master courses with a focus on interaction design in the intersection of user experiences for digital products and systems, building on iterative design methods, exploration, creativity and prototyping.
  • Developing new projects and curriculum that contributes to AHO’s 5-year Master in Design.
  • Develop collaborations and networks with partners in the industry

As a researcher, this person will be responsible for developing research related to user centered design for advanced multimodal workplaces spanning screens and spatial interfaces.

Responsibilities research

  • Support research project development supporting OICL
  • Supervise junior researchers and research assistants.
  • Participate in ongoing research projects as part of the OICL team
  • Develop collaborations and networks with industry, governmental and academic partners.
  • Carry out user centered design processes.


Information on general qualification requirements for appointment to an Associate professor based on academic qualifications can be found here

  • A PhD in Interaction Design, or a related field when starting the position.
  • Documented competence in relevant educational theory and practice based on training or teaching and supervision.
  • The applicant must document experience in developing digital design projects in professional settings.
  • The applicant must document experience from design-led pedagogy and teaching
  • Excellent written and spoken English is a requirement, while fluency in Norwegian/ Scandinavian language is recommended and will be prioritized.

Research requirements

  • Experience in design and research for the ocean industries
  • Proven experience in conducting research, within interaction design for advanced workplaces.
  • Experience with user-centered design research methodologies.
  • Experience with prototyping tools and techniques.
  • Strong foundation in design principles of user interface design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for preparing research reports, publishing papers, and presenting findings.

The position require residency in the Oslo region.

Personal skills

The candidate’s professional qualities should include

  • Excellent pedagogic skills and related experience
  • Innovative, proactive and solution-oriented perspectives and approaches
  • The ability to engage students and colleagues

Personal suitability for the position will weigh in.

We offer

  • An outstanding stimulating and international professional research and teaching environment
  • Depending on qualification, the position is placed in government pay scale, position code 1011 Associate Professor.
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (a monthly deduction of 2% of gross salary will be made as a contribution to the fund)


  • A cover letter stating motivation for the position and summarizing scientific and artistic work, research interests, teaching experience, and future plans.
  • A CV including list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, artistic experience, administrative experience, project coordination experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • A clear and concise list of the research work / publications / projects that are to be considered in the application
  • A portfolio (can be online) showing the applicant’s contributions both from professional practice and pedagogy (maximum 15 projects).
  • A complete list of publications.
  • A list of two references with name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number.

It is responsible for documenting all aspects of his/her competence in the application. Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system jobbnorge.no. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The applicants will be assessed on an academic basis. The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

It is a goal for all state-owned institutions to maintain a balanced mix of age, gender and cultural background, and accommodate for people with disabilities.

The application deadline is 31.12.2023

 Contact information

Questions can be directed to:

General information about AHO at www.aho.no.

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