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Lecturer in Digital Design
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Date Posted Sep. 10, 2019
Title Lecturer in Digital Design
University Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Espoo, Finland
Department Department of Design
Application Deadline Oct. 6, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a personnel of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campus is located in Helsinki capital region, 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 collaborative design, sustainable design, practice-led design research, 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 School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is one of the best art and design schools globally (7th in QS ranking 2018). Students from all over the world come to enjoy the vibrant and high-class education at Aalto ARTS.

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

Lecturer in Digital Design

The position will be filled as soon as possible or according to agreement for a fixed term or permanently on any level of the Aalto University Lecturer Career System. Please see more information on the lecturer track here:

Your role and goals

Digital design and manufacturing tools and processes have become a key interest in many branches of design including installation, surface, product, textile, and spatial design, as well as in experimental design. All these are in the focus of Department of Design education.

In the lecturer role you contribute mainly to Department of Design’s MA programme Collaborative and Industrial Design, and BA majors in Design and the new English-speaking Aalto BA programme in Design starting in 2019. Depending of your profile, you collaborate with the Department of Design’s research teams, Embodied Design Group in particular. You will utilize Aalto University facilities and develop collaboration with other schools of Aalto University.

Your duties include teaching non-parametric and parametric CAD tools and processes, generative design, digital design projects to bachelor and master level students, coordinating projects, and participating in the development of teaching, research and artistic activities at the Department of Design. You will participate in the guidance and assessment of student assignments and thesis works and take part in student selections when needed.

Your experience

Successful conduct of the duties requires strong know-how of the processes of digital design including non-parametric and parametric CAD. Interest and curiosity towards emerging fields like robotics, mixed reality, computational co-creativity, and/or digitally controlled manufacturing processes are necessary to lead the field forward at the Department. Diverse experience in design and knowledge of digital design technologies, project management and teamwork skills are essential for the position. The applicant is also required to have a vision for the future of the field of the lectureship and ability to work in a flexible and open-minded fashion in the multi-disciplinary fields of design.

The lecturer is required to have at least a higher university degree, i.e. master level, and artistic-professional competence, practical experience of working in the field of the lectureship and good teaching experience and skills. Research and technical merits, as well as other significant merits in the field of lectureship and pedagogic education are regarded an advantage. The lecturer shall have knowledge of the international field of digital design. You need to be fluent in English. Finnish and/or Swedish language skills are regarded an advantage.

Your network and team

The staff at the Department of Design consists of leading academics and practitioners who have active research or professional careers. You will be working in a team with professors and lecturers in Digital Design, plus hourly-paid teachers, administrative staff and other teaching and research staff of the department.

What we offer

The position is located in Otaniemi, Espoo in a new campus building Väre designed for the School of ARTS. At Aalto University, you will experience an inspiring and multidisciplinary working environment in a unique combination of the fields of art and design, technology and business. Aalto provides its employees with health care benefits and versatile staff training. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system no later than October 6th 2019 (Finnish time is UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply now!’) can be found at the bottom of the page.

To apply, please submit the following application materials:
Motivation letter, including a vision of the future development in the field of the lectureship (max. 3 pages)
Curriculum Vitae (including lists of design projects and the most significant publications) (max. 10 pages)
Portfolio including five most significant designs, productions, published articles or art works with your personal role in them clearly stated (in a single file, size limited to 20 MB)
Teaching portfolio including teaching merits and approach to teaching. See instructions at Please submit all your application materials in English and in PDF format.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Associate Professor Severi Uusitalo at tel. +358 50 486 7476, or email severi.uusitalo(at) In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Anu Virtanen; anu.k.virtanen(at)

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select candidates to continue in the process. Shortlisted applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process) and invited to visit the school in the beginning of November 2019. The visit includes a teaching demonstration and an interview.

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

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Contact Information

  • HR Coordinator Anu Virtanen
    Department of Design
    Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
    Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo
  • +358 50 563 4419


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