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Professor in Photography Research
Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture

Date Posted Jan. 30, 2018
Title Professor in Photography Research
University Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture
Department Department of Media
Application Deadline Mar. 5, 2018
Position Start Date Autumn 2018

  • Jan. 30, 2018
  • Professor in Photography Research
  • Department of Media
  • Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture
  • Mar. 5, 2018
  • Autumn 2018
  • Associate Professor
  • Art - Photography
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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.

We invite applications for:


The position can be filled in Associate or Full level of the Aalto University Tenure Track system, and will commence in autumn 2018.

Job description

The position is shared between the department of Media as well as the department of Art and the department of Film, Television and Scenography.

The successful candidate will be expected to, in addition to conducting his/her own research work,

- take responsibility for the doctoral level studies in Photography (department of Media)

- teach within the master’s program in Photography (department of Media)

- take responsibility for teaching of students, advising and supervision of doctoral students, especially those who work with photography as a specific field or its application in multidisciplinary contexts

- develop the field of photography as a member of the academic community.


It is expected that the successful candidate will have broad theoretical, practical and artistic knowledge and skills in the field in order to work successfully within an art and design based academic community. The position requires a doctoral degree, understanding of practice based research as well as a multi-disciplinary approach and professional skills relevant and necessary for the development of the field. Excellent skills in English are required.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their merits in research, teaching, academic leadership, as well as artistic experience in the field of contemporary art photography.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.

Salary and employment

Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits. The position will be located in the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi (in the Helsinki metropolitan area).

Finland is a great and safe context for family, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

How to apply

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

- Motivation letter

- Curriculum vitae

- List of publications (the most important ones to be marked with an asterisk)

- Artistic/creative portfolio in a single PDF file (max. file size 100 MB)

- Research statement (max. 1000 words) describing past research activities and your ideas regarding the future development of the field

- Teaching portfolio according to Aalto instructions.

All application materials should be submitted in English, in pdf format. The application materials will not be returned. Aalto University does not accept any letters of recommendations during the first phase of 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, and to visit the School of Arts, Design and Architecture on 7th May 2018. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).

Please submit your application through the eRecruitment system no later than 5th March 2018. The link to the eRecruitment system can be found at the website for this job:

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV and teaching portfolio are given at

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.

For more information

Please contact Chairman of Departmental Committee, Professor Philip Dean, In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Ilona Kallio, tel. +358 50 524 0728,

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