Aalto University | Postdoctoral researchers in Experience Design

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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 campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) 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 (ARTS) is one of the best art and design schools globally (7th in QS ranking 2018). Students from all over the world come to enjoy the vibrant and high-class education at Aalto ARTS.

Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, opens positions for two post-doctoral researchers in the area of experience research:

Post-doctoral researcher, Experiences and creative economy

The post-doctoral researcher will support the Creative Economy initiative of the Finnish government by studying means for the Finnish industry to move from problem-driven to human experience -driven design. The candidate can propose the exact focus for the target industry, which can include ICT, engineering, or other product/service development companies currently utilizing problem-driven design. Suitable research approaches can include Action Research and Research for Design. The work also includes practical collaboration facilitation as part of the Aalto Experience Platform operations.

A suitable candidate has a doctoral degree, prior experience on research collaboration with company clients and thorough understanding on experience-driven design (positive design, possibility-driven design). She/he understands both the big picture as well as the daily practices regarding the target industry, is able and willing to not only write high-quality academic publications but also roll up the sleeves when help is needed in organizing events, facilitating collaboration or disseminating the research results to general public. Prior track record in applying research funding, work experience in creative industry, and Finnish language skills are considered a plus.

The contract period for this position is full-time 1.6.2019-31.12.2020, continuing as part-time in 2021. However, the goal is to apply for research funding around this theme to allow full-time work also beyond 2020.

Post-doctoral researcher, Systemic service design

This position is funded by two big national, industry-driven research programmes targeting at developing new business opportunities from data-intensive services. The post-doctoral researcher will plan and conduct research on systemic design of data-intensive services in a B2B business ecosystem. The systems approach is used to conceptualize a service system for a particular B2B ecosystem rather than individual services. The work includes collaboration with and guidance of the doctoral candidates who are working in the same projects, and may include facilitation of ecosystem formation via co-design workshops or similar methods used in systemic service design.

A successful candidate has a doctoral degree in (service) design or another relevant field, prior experience on research collaboration with company clients, and thorough understanding on service business and/or systemic design. Prior knowledge on data-intensive services, Industry 4.0, and B2B industry is beneficial, and Finnish language skills are considered a plus.

The contract period for this full-time position is 1.8.2019-30.6.2021, or as agreed.

Applying to post-doctoral researcher positions

The applications for the above topics should be submitted via the Apply now button below by April 15, 2019. The application consists of

  1. A cover letter
  2. Scanned degree certificates from each university attended, optionally including official register list of study courses taken for the latest degrees
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV), including list of publications
  4. Copy of passport or other official document of identification
  5. Letters of recommendation and certificates of employment (optional)
  6. A portfolio (optional)
  7. Proof of language proficiency (if possible)

Please send all your application materials in English and in PDF form.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Professor Virpi Roto by email: virpi.roto(at)aalto.fi. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Anu Virtanen; anu.k.virtanen(at)aalto.fi.

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