Researcher/ Lecturer in Interactive Technologies


0.8 FTE

Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Instituut voor Communicatie, Media & IT

The Institute of Communication, Media & IT (SCMI), as part of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, specialises in offering a wide range of multifaceted, innovative and internationally oriented bachelor and master programmes.

As a part of SCMI, the research group User-Centered Design (UCD) focuses on understanding how interactive technologies can be used to create a (positive) change in behaviour, such as promoting a more active lifestyle or training practical skills using personalised VR environments. This enables us to make better informed design choices, thereby optimising an interactive tool for the intended users. In this research group there are two overarching research topics: Adaptive Systems and New Technologies. In our research projects we work closely together with partners from specific knowledge and application domains such as mobility, and with the creative industry to ensure that products can survive in the market.

The research group works in close collaboration with the study program of Communication & Multimedia Design (CMD). In this bachelor program we train students in designing interactive digital products within the field of Creative Technology. Through interactive workshops and real-world project cases, students learn how to analyse, design, develop, and evaluate different types of interactive applications in a realistic and professional setting. Within the study program there are three important majors: Interaction Design, Game Design & Visual Design. We are currently in the process of developing a new master programme Digital Technology.

An exciting new opportunity exists at the School of Communication, Media & IT for the position of Researcher/ Lecturer in Interactive Technologies.

Organisational context

You will be employed at the School of Communication, Media & IT at the research group User-Centered Design and at the study program Communication & Multimedia Design. One of the programme managers of CMD will be your HRM-supervisor and the professor of User-Centered Design will be your research supervisor.

Main responsibilities

As a researcher, your main responsibility is working as part of the SMILES project, or Shared connectivity in Mobility and Logistics Enable Sustainability. SMILES focuses on open networks where stakeholders may share tasks, resources, information, responsibilities, and physical spaces when needed and available. Your activities will revolve around design research into a collective sharing management system to facilitate and stimulate sharing in logistics from the end-user’s perspective. This includes creating concepts and prototypes for showcasing and piloting. You will do this close collaboration other researchers within this highly interdisciplinary project, such as from the legal, ICT and social domain.

As a lecturer, you will take care of organising, conducting, and assessing relevant courses and projects, related to interactive technology development and research, within the curriculum of the CMD study programme. You participate in designing, evaluating and improving the curriculum in cooperation with the other members of the team.
Additionally, you may be tasked with supervising students during their internships and graduation projects, or as their general mentor throughout their studies. You’ll also give courses and workshops based on your expertise.

Job requirements

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team. The successful candidate will have:
- an academic background with a Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Human-Machine Interaction, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Design) and preferably a few years of experience within the (creative) industry as a practitioner or researcher;
- theoretical skills and affinity relating to user interface design, user experience, cognitive psychology, design research, and user-centered design;
- technical skills, e.g. database engineering, e.g. (rapid) prototyping and coding for interactive technologies;
- a passion to inspire students and the ability to contribute to further our educational, professional and research vision;
- a pragmatic and pro-active approach and the flexibility to work within a young and dynamic multidisciplinary team;
- an excellent proficiency in oral and written English and preferably Dutch as well as excellent communication skills.

Furthermore, due to the nature of the research tasks, we are particularly looking for communicative and practice-oriented applicants.

Terms of employment

This is a researcher/ lecturer position for 0.8 FTE, starting as soon as possible. De division between tasks is about 0,6 FTE in research and 0,2 FTE as lecturer. It concerns a one-year temporary contract which may be renewed. The appointment is subject to current CAO-HBO guidelines. The function scale is 11. The salary will amount to a gross minimum of € 3.360.= and a gross maximum of € 4.892.= per month based on a full time position. A certificate of good conduct may be required. You will get reimbursement for the fee by the Hanze University..

Further information

Should you need further information regarding this vacancy, please contact dr. Nick Degens, Professor of User-Centered Design through email (; please do not use this emailadres for your application) or drs. Henriët Eilander, programme manager CMD by phone on (+31) (0)6-25151594.

Should you have any questions using the digital application form, please contact HR Recruitment, telephone number + 31 (0)50-595 7505.

The interviews will take place on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Vacancy status

This vacancy has an internal and external status; this means that employees of Hanze University of Applied Sciences and organisations that are members of Noorderlink are treated as if they were internal employees.

We do not appreciate acquisition in reference to this advertisement.




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