Head of Department – Design Workshops

Vacancy for: Faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts

Ref Code: II8.3.5

The German University in Cairo invites applications for vacancies to be filled effective September 2023 or February 2024.

The German University in Cairo is an Egyptian Private University, established in cooperation with the German State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Situated at the ancient city of Cairo, the GUC’s mission is to achieve excellence in teaching and research.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Arts enrolls 1,250 students across three design majors: Graphic, Product and Media Design. The Design Workshops are an interdisciplinary department and are an important resource, where students conduct experiments, realize assignments, create design prototypes, and participate in research.

• Manage the Design Workshop Department which contains the units Wood, Ceramics, Moulding, Modelmaking/Rapid Prototyping, Illustration Techniques, Letterpress Typography and Bookbinding.
• Collaborate with the workshop units in all aspects of workshop management, thereby expanding the capacity, efficiency and creative profile of the Design Workshop department.
• Monitor safety and health regulations, plan workshop investments and supervise material purchase.
• Prepare requests for investments and create proposals for the strategic development of the workshops in alignment with the Faculty Management.
• Initiate contacts to suppliers and industry, optimize existing workshops and arrange maintenance needed.
• Share knowledge and facilitate teaching and training needs of students and staff.

• Passion and interest in a variety of craft and techniques related to Graphic, Media and Product Design.
• Curiosity to widen the perception within the respective craft discipline and thus create a foundation for design-oriented actions and mindsets.
• Motivated to gain experience within an intercultural academic environment and willing to develop own profile at the intersection of craft and technology.
• Knowledgeable about current and future approaches within the field of workshops related to design. Interest in the training needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
• Hands-on manager with substantial professional and organizational experience. Training in a craft or study of a design related discipline and a connection to design are a plus.
• Ability to work well with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional experience and aesthetic sensibilities.
• Ability to structure and define project goals in order to foster and motivate positive experiences.
• An interest in supporting and conducting research activities in the workshops and connect them to design.
• Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills in English, which is the teaching language.
• Good management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.
• An interest in working collaboratively within the GUC and with external partners towards the development of shared projects.

Title will be assigned to successful applicants based on the highest degree achieved, industrial experience, teaching and research experience.
Application Instructions:
Interested applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae including: employment history, a statement outlining research and teaching interests, list of publications and projects undertaken and names of at least three referees, motivational letter and an online access to a portfolio of your work.

Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. For best consideration, submit applications before 15th of May 2023.

For further information, please contact the Human Resources Department (

Post Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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