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Lecturer in Cinematography
Aalto University School of Arts and Design

Date Posted Dec. 12, 2018
Title Lecturer in Cinematography
University Aalto University School of Arts and Design
Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
Department Department of Film and Scenography
Application Deadline Jan. 22, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2019
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Film/Video

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 been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), thinking outside the box on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of which close to 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in the Capital Area of Finland. With 37% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, west of Helsinki makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography is looking for a

Lecturer in Cinematography

The position will be filled on a fixed term (5 years) or permanent basis at the (University) Lecturer or Senior University Lecturer level on the Aalto University lecturer track depending on the competence and merits of the applicant. The position will begin latest in August 2019.

Your role and goals

You teach cinematography in BA degree in joint study modules and special courses in cinematography. Your tasks include tutoring of students, participation in curriculum design, coordinating and scheduling courses, supervising and evaluating BA student theses and administrative tasks. You will be in charge of most of the courses in BA cinematography yourself, and plan the content of the courses as well as practical arrangements of teaching. In addition, a large part of the BA education is organized jointly with other disciplines in small groups in the form of lectures, courses, practical exercises, workshops and productions. We also use visiting professionals to share their knowledge on contemporary topics.
You will participate in the development of education, research and artistic activities as well as coordination and guiding of projects and visits at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography. You will work in close cooperation with other teachers in the department. We emphasise well-being of the students along with efficiency of studies.
We enable your artistic career and and a portion of the work time will be allocated to your own artistic and/or academic activities. We are willing to provide you with the opportunity to take some unpaid artistic leave, in order to keep up your professional career outside Aalto.

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography (ELO Film School Finland) consists of two degree programmes. The film school was founded in 1959, and it is one of the oldest film schools in Europe and globally. The Degree Programme in Film and Television offers education in seven areas of specialization: Directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary filmmaking. The Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television offers three areas of specialization: Production design, design for performing arts and costume design.
In addition, the Department offers education in history of film and courses in research skills. The Department endorses practice-based research with questions emerging from experiences in artistic and production work. The research activities aim at producing new theoretical and practical knowledge, insights and approaches to filmmaking and scenography. The Department collaborates closely with the University of the Arts, Helsinki and with other national and international higher education institutions specialized in arts. Aalto Studios offer an excellent infrastructure for audiovisual education and research. New Aalto Studios will be opened in the near future.

Your experience and ambitions

Experience in cinematography and Master´s degree or strong artistic merits are needed for the position as well as experience in teaching. Additionally we require good knowledge of English, good interpersonal and networking skills. Interest in developing teaching methods together with other teachers is essential. Finnish skills are considered as an asset. You need to have skills and desire for open and active interaction with students. You should also be able to guide students according to their own personal artistic orientation.

Finnish Society

We are humble people, but dare to say we have the best education system in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are deeply rooted in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in press freedom and consider the many voices in our society a strength. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship. Gender equality, flexibility and low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. Having four seasons, clean air and thousands of lakes, we are nature-loving people who take good care of our unique environment.

What we offer

The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The position is located in Otaniemi, Espoo in a new campus building made and designed for the School of ARTS. Aalto University provides its employees with health care benefits, an inspiring working environment and versatile staff training.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by 22nd of January 2019.
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Chair of the Departmental recruitment committee Anna Heiskanen, email anna.heiskanen(at) In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katju Helminen, katju.helminen(at)

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:
- Application letter/your personal motivation for the position (max 1 page)
- Your vision on teaching and development of Cinematography (max 2 pages)
- Curriculum vitae
- Filmography (defining your role in each production)

All material must be in English. The Departmental Committee carrying out the recruitment process will request short-listed candidates to submit additional material. The most qualified applications will then be submitted for review by external experts, and the applicants will be invited to visit the School of Arts, Design and Architecture on the 13th of March 2019.
Please note that Aalto University does not accept recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process. The application material will not be returned. 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.

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Contact Information

  • HR Coordinator Katju Helminen
    Department of Film and Scenography
    Aalto University School of Arts and Design
    Otakaari 14
    Espoo, Uusimaa 02150


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