Associate Lector: Interaction Design for Emerging Tech

Associate Lector: Interaction Design for Emerging Tech

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Would you like to be a key connection between research groups of a faculty of the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, our partners, international research groups and beyond? Does the possibility to develop your own line of research in a series of thematic projects in the field of interaction design in a social context appeal to you?

Do you have the expertise and practical experience in designing interactions between users and emerging technologies (e.g., immersive technology, beyond screen interactions, designing human-centred AI applications) with a strong focus on making? And do you specialise in developing new design patterns and methods with emerging technologies?

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Job description

Where else than at AUAS …

  • Do you investigate the field of interaction design in a social context
  • You make a significant contribution to raising the quality of education
  • You contribute to innovating professional practice

Here's how you will make a difference

You will play a senior role in the future development of our research group and the connection between research and education, the education programme Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) and the research group Digital Life. The applied research will be conducted in collaboration with industry partners, societal partners, education and other (inter) national research groups. Your main contribution is to bring your knowledge and experience in the field of interactive computing design to the acquisition and development of research projects and establish a research line in this field.

You translate developments and initiatives into projects in research and education, ranging from project applications aimed at acquiring substantial, external funding to active knowledge sharing in the curriculum. In addition, the associate professor contributes to education and research that is important for the internal and external positioning of the research group Digital Life.

In general you play a role in the development of the quality policy of the lectorate and in the internal organization of the lectorate, e.g. by co-organizing strategy days and seminars.

Additionally your role brakes down in 3 main areas

1. Research Tasks and Activities

  • Contribute significantly to 2nd and 3rd stream funding acquisition for research projects supporting the sustainability of the Digital Life research group
  • Develop new project proposals and liaise with external parties and potential clients to exchange information and gain support for socially relevant themes to form relevant research networks and consortia
  • Contribute to research grant proposals within the Digital Life research group
  • Coordinate and supervise the execution of externally funded, interdisciplinary multi -year research projects
  • Act as functional manager for a number of teacher-researchers in the research group
  • Supervise (internal) PhD students as daily supervisor
  • Take responsibility for leading output: scientific, professional and public audiences

2. Teaching

You are responsible for bridging the education programme Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) with the research group Digital Life. The research outcomes, the process, and its methodologies, will benefit education, professionals, and society alike. It will lead to the further development of our students, researchers, lecturers, and continuous innovation in our educational curricula.

  • Connect education and research: Giving inspirational lectures/coaching students in the Associate Degree Frontend Design and Development, Bachelor Communication and Multimedia Design and Master Digital Design and other relevant programs and contributing to their curricula.
  • Develop networks and coalitions, translating questions into research and educational projects, and managing such projects.
  • Conduct research in the field of Interaction Design for Emerging Technologies with a focus on research through design and working with our labs (e.g., Makerslab, Roboticslab, Sensorlab).

3. Education Tasks and Activities

  • Link education and research within and outside the faculty
  • Initiate and direct the implementation of content development of new programs based on specialized theoretical and practically oriented knowledge of the field of interaction design for emergent technologies, in line with current and relevant developments in the field and society
  • Involve key individuals from education at early stages in research proposals
  • Play an active role in curriculum development in education, for example around the Master Digital Design, the bachelor Communication Media & Design, (inter)faculty-wide minors, especially in contributing "cutting edge" interactive computing expertise from experience and knowledge in an inspiring and accessible way
  • Play an active role as education-research liaison, including by maintaining contacts and networks with key figures in education programmes
  • Contribute to the development of policy aimed at further cooperation between education & research.
  • Contribute to the design of new master programmes


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What you bring to the table

At AUAS, no two employees are the same. No matter who you are, you are sure to be a valuable addition to our team.

You thrive on conducting applied, innovative research geared to resolving challenges faced by society. Using your strong communication and networking skills, you build relevant networks with societal, industry and knowledge partners inside and outside the Netherlands and convince stakeholders of the value of your research proposals.

You also possess:

  • a PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Industrial Design, Computational Design, Artificial Intelligence or a related area
  • a strong record of scholarly achievements, including high-impact publications and successful grant acquisition
  • proven ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and proven contribution to the development of interactive computing systems
  • demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of students; and expertise in developing and implementing – together with lecturers- innovative and engaging teaching methods
  • programming skills (Python, C++, Machine Learning Frameworks, ROS/ROS2 etc.)
  • strong team working skills, with an inclusive leadership style
  • an applied/academic publication profile showing experience in relevant journals and as speaker/expert at conferences
  • fluency in English and preferably mid-level of Dutch speaking and writing skills

We encourage applications from in human-computer interaction researchers that received their PhD at least five years ago.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Your other perks

  • A gross monthly salary between €5745,- to €6997,- (Hay profile Hogeschool
    hoofddocent 2, scale 13 CAO-HBO), for a full appointment and depends on education
    and research experience. An increase in the position (Hogeschool hoofdddocent 1
    scale 14) might be possible in the future for a senior candidate.
  • A year-end allowance of 8.3% and a holiday allowance of 8% of your gross annual salary.
  • 428  holiday hours per year with a 40-hour working week.
  • Entitlement to various types of leave, such as (un)paid parental leave, care leave, adoption and foster care leave and various other arrangements.
  • A travel allowance for your commute, an NS-Business Card, your own AUAS bicycle or a tax incentive to purchase your own bicycle. If you are unable to use personal or public transport to travel to work, e.g. because of a disability, we will look at other possibilities together.
  • Plenty of development opportunities,  via our own AUAS Academy and the online courses of Good Habitz.
  • Discounts on various facilities, such as books, cultural courses, soft- and hardware and a number of insurances.
  • A strong focus on your job satisfaction, work-life balance and vitality.  For example, you can participate in various sports activities for AUAS staff or via the USC sport centre. You can also visit our (career) coaches and use various online tools to benefit your mental health.
  • A good pension scheme via the ABP pension fund.
  • A laptop and smartphone on loan. A monthly internet allowance of €50 net.
  • Last but not least: a chance to work in a dynamic and pleasant environment with wonderful colleagues. You and your colleagues can also get together outside work,  in one of our communities such as HvAPride, HvA Alumni, HvA United, JongHvA and FEM IT.

Take a look at our employment conditions here and learn more about the tailor-made opportunities we offer.


Creating tomorrow at the faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry and Bachelor Communication and Multimedia Design

Within the Bachelor CMD (and the related programs AD Frontend Design and Development and Master Digital Design) we educate students that design digital interactions that are responsible, inclusive and sustainable. Find more information about our programme at

Digital Life is a research group at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences at the faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry. Our applied research is focused on empowering the lives of people, especially in the health and social domain via data-driven systems and digital technologies. Our research topics embrace the challenges in the design, development and evaluation of human-computer interaction and user-experience research of innovative data-driven technologies.


  • Lecturer; Research, development, innovation; IT
  • Engineering; Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €5745—€6997 per month
  • Doctorate
  • SP HVA 20240328


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