Aalto University | University Teacher in Contemporary 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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of its research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design invites applications for

University Teacher in Contemporary Design

The position is a parental leave substitute and it will be filled for fixed term from October 2018 to June 2019.

Your role and goals

The teaching and research field of the lectureship is experimental and groundbreaking. The field encompasses product design and studio production, from mass market products to one-of-a-kind artifacts. Teaching will provide students with tools to carry out esthetically, functionally and culturally ambitious design projects of highest quality, and the skills for successful implementation of ideas and designs. In addition to professional design capabilities, entrepreneurship skills will be emphasized in the teaching.

The university teacher’s duties consist mainly of teaching contemporary design in Design major at BA level and in a new Contemporary Design MA programme, coordinating and leading design projects and participating in the development of education, research and artistic activities at the Department of Design. The lecturer will guide and assess student assignments and thesis works and take part in the student selections when needed.

Your experience and ambitions

The job requires good knowledge of the industrial design, contemporary design and applied arts fields encompassing material properties, different production methods as well as a strong vision to combine the rich traditions of the field with future innovations. Project coordination and co-operation skills are essential, as the lecturer is expected to operate flexibly and open-mindedly in the ever-evolving multi-disciplinary field of design.

The lecturer is required to have at least a higher university degree, i.e. master level, and suitable artistic-professional competency, practical work experience in contemporary design and good teaching skills. Research and other merits relevant to the field of the lectureship as well as pedagogic training are regarded an advantage. Fluent communication skill in English is essential, Finnish and Swedish language skills are an advantage. Being acquainted with the international field of contemporary design is recommendable.

Salary and working time

Salary will be determined upon competence and experience of the chosen person following the salary system of Finnish universities. Teaching personnel belong to the total working hours system, working 1624 hours annually.

How to apply

Please submit your application through the electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link ’Apply for this job’ below) no later than on August 17th, 2018 accompanying it with the following attachments:

  • CV (including list of design projects and publications)
  • Portfolio, including max. five art works, designs or productions and/or published articles (in a single file, size limited to 100 MB)
  • Teaching statement (max. 2 pages)
  • List of other activities in occupational, artistic and scientific communities (e.g. working in management and /or academic leadership positions)

All documents should be submitted in English.

The Departmental Committee carrying out the recruitment process reserves the right to request the applicants to submit additional material if needed.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Application process

Applicants are evaluated in the following dimensions: artistic-professional and/or research merits, teaching, collaboration skills and activity in art, design and research communities. The main weight is put on artistic-professional work. The Departmental Committee will choose applicants to visit the Department of Design and to give teaching demonstrations in September 2018.

Additional information

Concerning the job description and requirements, Professor Maarit Mäkelä, tel. +358 50 3722 168, email maarit.makela(at)aalto.fi

Concerning the application process, HR Coordinator Päivi Niemi, tel. +358 50 501 8434, email paivi.j.niemi(at)aalto.fi (on vacation from 2nd to 31st of July).

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