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Postdoctoral Researcher in Creativity and well-being
Aalto University

Date Posted Dec. 26, 2023
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Creativity and well-being
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department A806 Department of Art and Media
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Fine Arts - General
    Art - General
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 13000 students, 400 professors and close to 4500 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.

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 in areas such cultural heritage.

Job description
The Aalto Visual Communication Design research group is looking for candidates for a postdoctoral position in the area of creativity and well-being. The selected postdoctoral researcher will work on a project investigating the role of individual and group creative activities, such as visual arts and visual storytelling, in promoting well-being.

The position will be filled as soon as possible for a full-time fixed 24-month term (other options maybe negotiated). The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University, starting from around 3800 Euros per month. Employment contract includes occupational health 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 narratives, visual design, health and well-being, or other fields relevant to the position (e.g., humanities, social sciences). Adequate skills in qualitative and/or artistic research methods are 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 5 February 2024.

External applicants should apply using Aalto online application system (see the “Apply” link below). Existing Aalto employees and visitors please should apply using their own internal Aalto user account (go to: Workday -> Career -> find jobs).

The application for the position should contain the following documents in pdf format:
1. 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.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. List of all research publications and/or major creative/artistic projects.
4. Three most relevant publications and/or creative/artistic output (as attached files or links to online material).
5. 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 Partner Katja Korpinurmi (

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open and to extend the application period.

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