Assistant Professor in Lighting Design - Copenhagen

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Deadline: · Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology · Deadline April 19. 2021;

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, a position as Assistant Professor will be available for appointment from August 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for a period of 3 years. The Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology's goal is the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user.

Job description

The Lighting Design Research Group combines architecture, engineering and media technology in a human-centered approach to lighting solutions that seeks to improve our built environment with applied knowledge of lighting design. Researchers, private business partners, municipalities and graduate students in Lighting Design team up to solve relevant societal problems. In this transdisciplinary approach, the learning process of analyzing, designing, implementing and testing is created in real-life scenarios such as hospitals, schools, public spaces and events, as well as in our Lighting Laboratories.

Experiments through scale models, photo-realistic simulations and 1:1 dynamic lighting design mock-ups on site are developed to study how light can affect people in different spatial environments. The experiments address these needs through contextual architectural analysis, concept design and development, prototyping, information technology and programming, autonomous controlled lighting and technical hardware solutions, including sensors, a mobile lighting laboratory, sky scanners, thermal camera tracking, EEG, smartphone applications, and anthropological and phenomenological qualitative research methodologies. See more at .

We are looking for a candidate with expertise in daylighting and electrical lighting from the fields of lighting design, media technology, architecture or lighting engineering. You will contribute to the research, coordination and teaching within Lighting Design at the Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology.

Teaching will primarily be in the MSc program of Lighting Design with approx. 70 students (many of which are international). In particular, you are expected to have a proven track record in one and preferable several of the following research areas within lighting design:

  • Media Technology, rendering and simulating light
  • Dynamic lighting technology and programming
  • Transdisciplinary methodologies designing and testing light in urban and/or indoor context
  • Architectural lighting with a cultural and humanistic understanding

You have experience working with human-centered design, and your prior research should relate to and align with the Lighting Design Research Group.
Moreover, you are expected to perform independent research and to engage in applications for external funding, e.g., from the Innovation Fund Denmark, European research and educational agencies, the industry sector and other available sources. 

The position will be situated at Copenhagen Campus and contain teaching and coordination mainly in the Lighting Design Master program. Because many of these student projects are done in collaboration with external partners, a proven record of collaborations with the public and private sector is an advantage.

You may obtain further information about the position from Associate Professor Ellen Kathrine Hansen by mail or tel. +45 9940 2086 and about the section from Professor and Head of Section Sebastian Boring, mail:, tel. +45 9940 2624.

Qualification Requirements

Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed, you must include an explanation for its absence.
  • References/recommendations.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Sanne Vestergaard Hejlesen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 3972

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here   


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics. The first 3 months of your employment is a trial period.

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