Job offer in Ireland Lecturer / Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Design for Body & Environment

Job Description

School/Unit: School of Design
Grade: Lecturer / Assistant Lecturer
Reports to: Head of Department

Position Summary

NCAD, changing the world through bold and curious thinking, making and doing.

The National College of Art & Design, Dublin, is Ireland’s leading provider of art and design education. Our campus on Thomas Street in Dublin’s historic city centre is home to a community of 1,500 undergraduate, graduate and part-time students engaged in a wide range of study and research across the disciplines of Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture. NCAD has been the most significant provider of Art & Design education in Ireland for over 250 years and is a Recognised College of University College Dublin.

NCAD drives radical and creative innovation through excellence in research-led art and design education. It empowers its students to shape the contemporary world through critical practice, studio-based learning, research and engagement

The School of Design within the College comprises of 3 departments:

  • Design for Body & Environment (BA Jewellery & Objects, BA Fashion Design, BA Textile & Surface Design, and MA Design for Body & Environment).
  • Communication Design (BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, BA Moving Image Design and MA Communication Design)
  • Product Design (BA and MA Product Design, BA and MA Interaction Design, MSc Medical Device Design and MA Service Design)

The aim of the School of Design is to create a design culture engaged in ongoing debate on all aspects of design; a culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new aesthetic paths and make technical innovations within, and beyond, their design discipline. We have extensive links with Industry, and students regularly work on live projects within a commercial, social or cultural context. The College seeks to ensure that our design students develop the necessary creative, technical, thinking and interpersonal skills to become highly employable graduates, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Jewellery & Objects at NCAD embraces many different types of creative practice. Students are supported to develop the skills to pursue personal expression through the gallery market or to forge a career in industry.

This post will be an integral part of the academic staff within the discipline, department, School and College. Lecturing staff actively contribute to the learning & teaching, research & knowledge transfer and internationalisation agendas of the College.


Lecturer: €52,186 – €83,039 per annum

Assistant Lecturer: €39,120 – €53,783 per annum

Appointment will be made on the appropriate scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

New entrants to the Public Sector will be appointed at the first point of the scale Closing date: COB Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the Department of Design for Body & Environment and across the School of Design, in particular the BA in Jewellery & Object, including module or programme design and delivery, examination and assessment, quality assurance and enhancement and associated administration.
  • Develop and implement new course curriculum within the department, and in particular for the Jewellery & Objects specialism, including the co-ordination of course content, delivery and assessment.
  • Enhance and promote the reputation of our academic provision by liaising and co-operating with other national and international institutions.
  • Ensure the curriculum content of our programmes reflect and meet with the requirements of related industries, including regularly reviewing and adapting course content and structure.
  • Engage in the student recruitment process including interviews, selection, assessments and examination procedures as required to ensure appropriate number and level of student cohort.
  • Undertake and publish high quality research and scholarship in your field of expertise/specialist interest
  • Engage with industry and research partners, leading commercialisation projects and knowledge exchange activities
  • Supervise post graduate research students
  • Participate in Department/School/College committees and boards
  • Undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the Appropriate Officer from time to time

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • A significant track record in Design practice and Higher Education teaching with a specialism in Jewellery & Objects
  • Post-graduate degree in Jewellery & Objects or a related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • Significant industry and/or teaching experience
  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to research and international scholarship/professional practice
  • Experience of delivering high quality teaching within a higher education environment
  • Capacity and enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary context within the Department, School and College
  • Ability to design, deliver and assess a range of modules in and related to specialist areas of research/professional interest
  • Proficiency in industry standard design software
  • Commitment to CPD and interest in emerging research, technology and techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills


  • Experience in working with digital design, fabrication and manufacture and maintaining an active interest in related developments within the sector
  • Demonstrable record of developing and maintain intercollegiate links
  • Demonstrable record of developing successful research funding applications and/or industry partnerships

Closing date: Receipt of applications by 2nd July 2019 to
Please submit your CV along with the vacancy Application Form which is available from the NCAD website.


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