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Staff scientist in fashion transition towards sustainability
Aalto University

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2024
Title Staff scientist in fashion transition towards sustainability
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department A803 Dept. Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Jewelery Design
    Design - Interior Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Design - Fashion & Textile Design
Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 
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. 
We are now looking for a 
Staff Scientist in fashion transition towards sustainability  
We are hiring staff scientist to enhance and support a world-leading team of  researchers in sustainable fashion at the Department of Design at Aalto University’s School of Arts Design and Architecture. In this position you will complement our research in textile and fashion field especially in the transition and transformation towards sustainability including design, industry, business and/or consumers’ viewpoints. You will also contribute to teaching in areas where Aalto is already a leader. Join us in shaping the future! 
The position will begin as agreed, but at the latest in September 2024. This is a full-time position, and fixed- term (3 years). 

Your role and goals   
  • You will pursue research around fashion transition towards sustainability independently and in collaboration with the professors at the Department of Design. 
  • You will work with other faculty in this area and provide help in building up national and international research projects and consortia and help manage projects  related to transition towards sustainability in fashion.   
  • Your role also includes advising doctoral and master's students as well as participation in teaching in your areas of expertise.  
  • You will participate in regular research activities, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences and administrative tasks and educational development in the   Department of Design and at the level of School. 
  • You will interact in various ways with society, including Aalto University’s stakeholders, and help to build relevant networks. 

In all, your exciting goal is to collaborate in the department and help to consolidate  the already cutting-edge sustainable fashion research capacities at the Department of Design and Aalto towards wide and impactful global presence. We are particularly interested in colleagues who have a proven facility for both excellent independent research and the ability to work effectively as part of teams. 

Your network and team 

Aalto university Department of design is among the world’s leading units in sustainable fashion and textile research. The related research is pursued in Fashion/Textile FUTURES (prof Kirsi Niinimäki) research team. Sustainable design and sustainable transition is also connected to research work done in following research groups ENCORE, INUSE and NODUS  

Your experience and ambitions 

We are looking to hire an ambitious colleague to participate in the department's research and education. We expect you to have:   
  • Demonstrable expertise and track record in research area of Sustainable fashion and especially Fashion transition towards sustainability 
  • Proven capacity to attract competitive external research funding, both independently and as part of broader senior teams 
  • Proven capacity to undertake and publish research both independently and as part of larger teams of more senior and junior scholars 
  • Doctoral degree in Design or a related discipline  
  • Experience with working in an academic institutional setting, including in collaborating with colleagues and supporting mutually understood goals  
  • Excellent skills in English / Finnish proficiency is considered as an advantage 

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 enhancing social justice and environmental sustainability. The salary is determined according to the applicant's experience and qualifications. Our vast array of professional development opportunities means you will grow and learn, having the chance to participate actively in staff trainings and development projects based on your interests and needs.

There is freedom to develop your role, and we have a flexible modern working culture. We value work-life balance and well-being in all aspects of life. 
We work in a hybrid way, and the primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo. The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 13,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro line. 

Join us! 
To apply, please share the following application materials (in English, as separate PDF-files named ‘lastname_firstname.pdf’) with us via our HR system Workday (apply below) by March 19, 2024. 
  • Short cover letter outlining your motivations for applying for the position  
  • Research statement of two pages.  
  • Curriculum Vitae — The CV should include the sections that are presented in the template recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (please include also a description of your teaching merits) 
  • List of scientific publications, professional publications and/or artistic activities, five most important publications for the post marked. 

The most succesful candidates will ask to prepare a teaching portfolio later in the application phase.
Aalto University uses external reviewers during the recruitment process. 

For more Information on the position 
Please contact Associate professor Kirsi Niinimäki ( 
In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Partner Katju Helminen,  
Please note: Aalto University’s employees should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Internal Jobs by using their existing Workday user account.   
Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: Aalto University - Towards a better world, Aalto People , and Shaping a Sustainable Future 
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