Lecturer in Design Communication

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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, welfare architecture and emerging technologies as well as urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the best art & design schools globally (7th in QS ranking 2020). Students from all over the world come to enjoy the vibrant and high-class education at Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Department of Design and the Department of Media invite applications for the position of

Lecturer in Design Communication


Following the launch of an international bachelor programme in Design in 2019, the Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is inviting applications for a Lectureship position in Design Communication. Following the goal set for the programme, we are searching for a lecturer to embrace and explore the new realms of design work together with a committed community of teachers and students. In particular, we are searching for a lecturer with a background in design who can help strengthen our students’ design and reasoning skills. As a teacher in the programme, the lecturer will nurture knowledge-building within experimental, creative design processes, advance sustainability, research-based reasoning and argumentation, and further the student’s understanding of the value of situated design knowledge more generally.

The lecturer position is shared between the Department of Design and the Department of Media. The staff at the Department of Design and the Department of Media consists of leading academics and practitioners who have active research and professional careers. You will be working in a team of professors and lecturers along with hourly teachers, administrative staff and other teaching and research staff of the departments.

The position will be filled as soon as possible, according to a fixed-term agreement at any level of the Aalto University Lecturer Career System. The initial position is fixed-term with the possibility of advancement to a permanent position, based on success in the duties and criteria set for the candidate. The position requires residency in Finland.

For information on the Lecturer Track at Aalto University, please see: https://www.aalto.fi/en/research-art/lecturer-career-system


The lecturer will work as a core member of the teaching team for the English-medium bachelor programme in Design, taking part in delivering courses, tutoring students and in curriculum development. The lecturer will also participate in supervising theses and take part in student admissions for the programme when needed.

Following the ethos of the programme, the lecturer should be interested to embrace both theory and practice in engagements with students, to blur the boarders between digital and physical design work and engage with both societal and industry partners in projects. Co-teaching and co-learning are important parts of the curriculum. The lecturer should therefore thrive from working collaboratively with other teachers in planning and delivering courses and projects. We embrace a variety of teaching and learning formats in the programme and offer an opportunity to develop new ideas with the other teachers. As a new programme, we also provide opportunities for a lecturer that is interested in curriculum development beyond individual courses.

Apart from taking an active role in the development of our English-medium bachelor programme, the lecturer is expected to take part in delivering courses and in supervising students in other programmes and doing research and/or pursuing professional design engagements in relation to the expertise areas of the lecturer. As a component of this work, the lecturer is expected to take part in utilizing Aalto University facilities and to develop collaboration with other programmes, Aalto schools as well as societal and industry partners.


The position requires in-depth expertise about design and its varied forms and associated processes, as well as, understanding of design communication (promotion) and related knowledge making. We expect prior experience in articulating the value and functioning of design to others.

The lecturer is required to have proven track-record in research, demonstrated through research projects and/or publications. A doctoral degree in design or a related field is desirable. Practical design skills – demonstrated through either a higher degree in design and/or professional experience from design practice – is seen as an advantage.

The lecturer shall have good oral and written communication skills for teaching and supervising students in English. We expect prior experience in working collaboratively and inclusively with an international cohort of students.  Previously completed pedagogical studies are seen as an advantage. Prior experience in course and program development and administration are also seen as beneficial.

Proficiency in Finnish and/or Swedish is beneficial but is not a requirement for the position.

Salary and working time

Salary will be determined based on the competence and experience of the applicant according to the salary system of Finnish universities. Teaching personnel belong to the total working hours system, working 1612 hours annually.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community and take part in building a world-class design programme, please submit your application materials by using the “Apply now” link (below) no later than October 19, 2020 (Eastern European time UTC +2).

Please submit:
* Cover and motivation letter specifying why you are applying for to this position and what you see as key topics for 21st century design education (1-2 pages)
* Full CV
* List of publications
* Portfolio of your design work, when applicable
* Teaching portfolio according to Aalto guidelines (please follow the criteria and structure carefully through the link below): https://www.aalto.fi/sites/g/files/flghsv161/files/2019-04/teaching_competence_guidelines_for_candidate_2019.pdf.

All submitted documents should be in English.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, or to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. The Departmental Committee also reserves the right to request the applicants to submit additional material.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Associate Professor Oscar Person, oscar.person@aalto.fi. For recruitment system related questions, please contact hr-design@aalto.fi.


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