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Postdoctoral Researcher in Creativity and Healthy Ageing
Aalto University

Date Posted Jan. 12, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Creativity and Healthy Ageing
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department A806 Department of Art and Media
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Digital Media
    Communications/Information Systems
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 around 12000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which nearly 400 are professors. Aalto University campus is located in the Otaniemi district of Espoo, in greater Helsinki metropolitan area.

One of the six schools at Aalto University, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for arts, design, media, and architecture. Some of the current key areas of research are visual design, visual culture, digital media, design, and arts education.

The Aalto Visual Communication Design (AVCD) research group is in the Department of Art and Media, which is part of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The group is actively involved in researching the role of visual design, design thinking and creativity in a wide range of applied areas with societal impact, including health and well-being. Some current areas of research in AVCD are related to 1) visual design processes and methods, 2) theoretical and practical dimensions of visual thinking, 3) visualization and information design, and 4) theoretical and practical aspects of visual narratives.

Job description
The Aalto Visual Communication Design research group is looking for candidates for a postdoctoral position in the area of creativity and healthy ageing. The selected postdoctoral researcher will work on a project investigating the role of individual and group creative activities such as visual arts in promoting healthy ageing amongst older adults.

The position will be filled as soon as possible for an initial fixed term until the end of 2023, with a possible extension for two further years (2024-2025). The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University, starting from around 3600 Euros per month. Employment contract includes occupational health and social security benefits.

Qualified candidates for the postdoctoral position should hold a doctoral degree (already completed) and have sufficient research experience and interest in either visual arts, visual design, health and well-being, or other fields relevant to the position (e.g., social sciences). Adequate skills in qualitative and/or artistic research methods is required, and ability for multidisciplinary research is considered to be highly advantageous. Applicants are expected to be at the early stages of their research careers and show potential for future development. Excellent English language skills and some grant application writing experience is required.

The evaluation will be based on the assessment of the candidate’s relevant past research and creative/artistic background and achievements, as well as their potential for contributions to the proposed research. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an online interview.

How to apply
The applications for the postdoctoral researcher position are to be submitted by no later than 14 February 2022.

External applicants please apply using Aalto online application system (see the "Apply now!" link below). Existing Aalto employees and visitors, please apply using your own internal Aalto user account (go to: Workday -> Career -> find jobs).

The application for the position should contain the following documents in pdf format:

Motivation letter (maximum 3 pages) providing a summary of each of the following: candidate’s relevant research and creative/artistic background and achievements, potential contributions to the proposed research, and past involvement in any societal projects.

Curriculum vitae

List of all research publications and/or major creative/artistic projects

Three most relevant publications and/or creative/artistic output (as attached files or links to online material)

Names and contact information of three referees (for future request for reference letters).

All material should be submitted in English.

More information
For additional information regarding this position, please contact the head of Aalto Visual Communication Design research group, Prof. Masood Masoodian ( Questions regarding the recruitment process however should be directed to HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi (

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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