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Design Practice Professionals
School of Product Design
College of Engineering
- Part-time at 7.5 hours per week
- Fixed term positions
The School of Product Design at the University of Canterbury is seeking up to ten practicing design professionals to work part-time as Design Practice Teaching Fellows during the second semester, 2019. These positions are for 7.5 hours per week, at times to be negotiated with each appointee, from 1 July to 15 November, 2019. Flexible arrangements may be possible to facilitate working around existing professional commitments.
What You Will Do
This is an opportunity for design practitioners to bring their real-world experience to a rapidly expanding and modern product design teaching programme, as part of a vibrant academic team, while maintaining their professional/commercial careers. In addition to salary, appointees will be provided with office and computing facilities amongst the academic staff of the School, full staff access to the UC Library (including databases), and to our extensive design studios, laboratory and prototyping workshops. While the role is intended primarily to support the teaching of our undergraduate product design students, we also see this as an opportunity to build close links with industry-based practitioners.
Your key responsibility will be to provide design project guidance to students (working in groups), following a series of weekly structured activities and resources provided by the course coordinator (a full-time continuing academic staff member). You will be required to be available for 7.5 hours per week, with a significant portion of this time spent on-campus for face-to-face activities with students and staff of the School. Some portion of this time may be possible to spend off-campus via email or online contact, to facilitate your on-going professional responsibilities, by negotiation with the course coordinator.
Who You Are
You will have a qualification related to the teaching subject and preferably at least five years of experience working in a company or consultancy or as a sole practitioner in the domain. The ideal candidate will relate well to our vision of producing graduates who are creative and have both the technical and business knowledge necessary to contribute to future social and economic wealth creation in New Zealand. You will have a user-focused approach to design and be comfortable with processes around the creation of design briefs; product ideation; brainstorming, selection, development and critiquing of ideas; prototyping, evaluation and product presentation/pitching. You will be approachable, supportive and willing to pass your experience on to students as part of a teaching team led by a course coordinator, through structured interactive classes and/or design groupwork mentoring sessions.
Who You Will Work With
The School of Product Design offers a three-year Bachelor of Product Design degree that comprises approximately half science and engineering, one third creative design and one sixth business courses. The School is growing rapidly and currently has a large number of students in the first and second years of the degree. We are seeking Fellows with experience related to any of the three major disciplines of the degree:
- Industrial Product Design
- Applied Immersive Game Design
- Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation
For more information about our department and team, please visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/schools/school-of-product-design/
Why UC The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.
For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus
View the full Position Description
The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 26th May 2019 (Midnight, NZ time)
Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted through the online application process. Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Lorna Grubb, Recruitment Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries of an informal nature can be made to the Head of the School of Product Design, Professor Conan Fee, by email at email@example.com or by phone at (03)369 4078
You must have New Zealand or Australian Citizenship/Permanent Residency or a valid visa that allows you to work in New Zealand to be considered for this role.
Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: https://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz
The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.
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