Aalto yliopisto | Designer in Residence

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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 20 000 students and more than 400 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.

Department of Design (http://design.aalto.fi/en/) is an academic community of approximately 850 students, 70 doctoral students and 70 faculty members. The department conducts research and provides education in bachelor, master and doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes.


Aalto is a multidisciplinary university having a strong commitment to renewing the society by arts, creativity and design. Aalto is in the process of creating a broad design competence offering for all its students to expand their perspectives and skillsets. Aalto is also developing solutions to strengthen its engineering and business cultures with creative practices throughout its organization. In addition, Aalto is deepening the dialogue with its partners to increase their comprehension and utilization of design. To coordinate and facilitate these activities


Aalto University is recruiting a Designer in Residence for a period of three years.


The starting date is April 1, 2018, or appropriate.


The tasks of the Designer in Residence include (1) facilitating the launch of Aalto wide educational design offering, (2) strengthening design thinking within university leadership and services, (3) supporting executive design education, and (4) integrating design in Aalto’s partnering practices.

The Designer in Residence will be positioned at the Department of Design and s/he will collaborate closely with University Wide Art Studies and Artistic Activity Steering Group and a broad range of engineering and business programs.

A competitive candidate for the position has

  • Master or doctoral degree in design or closely related field
  • Practical expertise in the field of design and/or design management
  • Drive and experience to champion design in non-design contexts
  • Strong merits in at least one of the following: design education, design strategy, executive education and/or partnering networks and strategies.
  • Good communication skills in English. Finnish and Swedish skills are merits.


How to apply

The applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Motivation letter (max 2 pages)
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including contact information (max 5 pages)
  3. List of publications and/or design projects
  4. Portfolio of 5 most significant publications and/or projects


All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files (size limited to 100 MB each). Please submit your application through the eRecruitment system no later than on February 28th 2018. The application materials will not be returned. The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.

The evaluation is based on the total assessment of a candidate in each main dimension: artistic/professional work, activity in professional community and academic merits.

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.


Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

For more information

For additional information, please contact Professor Turkka Keinonen or Teija Löytönen (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi). In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Päivi Niemi, tel. +358 50 501 8434, firstname.j.lastname@aalto.fi.

Living up to our values

As a community of high ethics we want to ensure the highest international standards in research, education and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behaviour that we expect from each other. The Aalto University Code of Conduct clarifies the values that guide us and applies to all Aalto community members.