Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design » Aalto University, Helsinki

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30 Jan 2017

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

03 Jan 2017

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meets 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.

The Department of Design 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. Additional information about the department is found online:

The Department of Design invites applications for:

Professor of practice in contemporary design.

Job description:

Applied art and design has a long and illustrious history at Aalto University and its predecessor with consistent international visibility and recognition. In order to maintain its leadership in the field, Aalto ARTS has opened a call to find a professor of practice in contemporary design.

The university is looking for a person who excels on the field of experimental product design and builds collaborative dialogue with contemporary arts, media and culture at large. The professor explores new forums of presenting design and new models of entrepreneurial design activity. Professor of practice in contemporary design strategically updates the field to meet the complex demands of today and the future. The professor elevates and redefines the field of exploratory product design by developing teaching and artistic/professional activities and creating interfaces towards research. The professor broadens the perspectives of design by embracing new technologies and materials and establishing active multidisciplinary collaboration with stakeholders within and outside Aalto University. The professor instils entrepreneurial spirit to teaching.

Professor of practice in contemporary design exercises and leads creative design practice, plans, leads and provides education, engages in the local and international development of the field, and participates in service to the Aalto University community.

The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed five year term with the title of professor of practice. The position will commence on the 1 August 2017 or as agreed.


Professor of practice position is subject to external evaluation. A successful applicant is expected to have significant internationally recognised artistic achievements in the field of design, strong experience in contemporary design practices and wide leadership experience in the field of design.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas:

  • artistic merits in design practice
  • teaching experience and achievements
  • research and/or professional publishing
  • cross-disciplinary collaborative and leadership skills
  • activity in the design and/or academic community

For additional information please contact chairman of the departmental committee, Professor Turkka Keinonen (

In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR-coordinator Piia Vaisanen, or tel. +358 50 408 3097.

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase the applicants are required to submit the following material:

  • motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae, maximum five pages, including contact information
  • list of publications including design and artistic productions (the most important ones to be marked with an asterisk)
  • design portfolio including five most significant projects and/or publications in a PDF form (maximum file size 100 MB)
  • statement describing the applicant´s vision of contemporary design field and teaching (maximum two pages)

All application materials should be submitted in English. Aalto University does not accept any letters of recommendations during the application process.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials with eg a teaching portfolio, and to visit the School of Arts, Design and Architecture on March 17, 2017. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).

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Aalto University

Organisation size:
501-1000 employees

Organisation type:
College / University




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