Lecturer in Design Cultures  / Aalto University

Aalto University is an interdisciplinary community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto’s core strategy follows three cross-cutting themes: sustainable solutions, entrepreneurial mindset and radical creativity. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.   

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and fine art. We produce world-class research e.g. in design, digital media and visual culture, art education, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition of our institution, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. The Department of Design is a community of creative and responsible researchers and design experts. We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. (https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-design).  

Lecturer in Design Cultures   

The call is open for a University Lecturer or Senior University Lecturer on the Aalto University lecture track. The position will begin as agreed, but latest in August 2023. The lectureship is full-time and, depending on the merits of the candidate, can be temporary (generally for 5 years) or permanent. 

Your role and goals 

The Design and Culture lectureship fulfils an important role in bringing critical, historical and contextual enquiry into the largely practice-oriented Department of Design. You will have an enthusiasm for and understanding of design practices while also bringing new perspectives to these through investigating and demonstrating their societal, economic, political and cultural contexts. You will be prepared to challenge orthodoxies regarding design cultures, supporting students in establishing independent and critical thinking. This will involve facilitating frameworks for learning, advising students through tutorial contact and undertaking curriculum development. As demonstrated through your teaching and research, you will understand global, regional and local forces, and their relationships, that generate design cultures.  

You will be able to engage students in understanding the complex relationships of the production of design, the work of designers and the functions and significances of design in everyday life. You will also be able to demonstrate processes of historical change through examples. A particular advantage would be in being able to engage with core departmental research areas while being up-to-date with contemporary developments in design practices. You will be keen to engage a range of publics in critical thinking about design, including and beyond the academic community, through, for example, curation, publishing or events.   

The post-holder will normally hold a doctoral degree in Design Culture Studies, Design History or a related discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences where they can demonstrate a deep and rigorous understanding of design cultures. They will be expected to teach across the Department’s Majors at Bachelor’s and Master’s level and, where appropriate, undertake doctoral advising. We are particularly interested in colleagues who have a facility for communicating and engaging with students in lively and accessible ways. 

Your Experience 

We are looking to hire an ambitious colleague to participate in the department’s education and research. We expect you to have:   

The successful applicant is expected to take on the following responsibilities, depending on the level of appointment: 

 What we offer 

We offer the opportunity of working in a dynamic world-class community of creative professionals and researchers, with a remit to continuously explore the frontiers of design research and practice, and sustainability management research. Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services and excellent learning and development opportunities. 

The salary is determined according to the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Activities are mainly located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo, part of the capital region of Finland. 

Finland is a healthy and safe living environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable day care and free schools and universities, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.  

More information about living and working in Finland: 

Get to know Finland and Aalto | Aalto University 

Aalto University follows EU rules and regulations on HR policies. Based on the regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems, full-time employment at Aalto University is inconsistent with residence abroad. Employment duties need to be performed in Finland. The specific responsibilities and salary are determined based on the applicant’s qualifications and level of position.  

Ready to apply? 

To apply, please submit the following application materials through our recruitment system Workday no later than Friday 25 November, at 23:59 EET (UTC+2).  

Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position by using their existing Workday user account (internal jobs). 

The application material must be in English and must include the following documents in separate PDF-files  (‘lastname_firstname.pdf’):  

Aalto University uses external reviewers during the recruitment process. 

We reserve the right, for justified reasons, to leave the position open and to extend the application period.  

For more Information on the position 

Please contact Professor Guy Julier, guy.julier@aalto.fi 

In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR 
Coordinator Katju Helminen, katju.helminen@aalto.fi  

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