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 staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, 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 Department of Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned education and research unit. With respect to Finland’s esteemed architectural heritage, we search for new solutions to the challenges of sustainable development. To us, architecture is an art form that requires practical skills and individual artistic development, as well as sustainability knowledge relevant to design and planning. We educate critical thinkers who accept their responsibility to research and design a socially, culturally, and ecologically sustainable built environment. The Department of Architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. Currently, the BA level courses are taught primarily in Finnish whilst MA and doctoral level studies primarily in English. For more information, please see: http://architecture.aalto.fi/en/
The Department of Architecture is now seeking a tenure track professor in:
Professor in Augmented Computational Design
The call is open for all levels of the Aalto University tenure track system
(Assistant/Associate/Full Professor). The position is full-time and will begin January 2024, or as agreed.
The professorship in Augmented Computational Design explores the complex information space of architectural territories for the analysis of relationships and the projection into possible future developments across all scales. In research and teaching, the professorship aims at enhancing the creativity in design through establishing novel data driven and immersive methodologies, and is addressing the systemic challenges posed by climate change and urbanization. The professor is expected to develop the field of computational design at the department in close collaboration with the professor in Design of Structures, the newly established interdisciplinary media platform MAGICS - Aalto Studios, and with a clear vision for positioning of the professorship within the international realm.
The professor in Augmented Computational Design is responsible for establishing a future-oriented line of teaching open to all degree programs within the Department of Architecture, reaching from the Bachelor level and Master level up to doctoral education. External fundraising, multidisciplinary collaboration as well as the development and management work within the Department of Architecture are part of the work. We expect professors to be proactive members of the Aalto University and the international academic community as well as active driver in collaborations with national and international partners.
A holistic understanding of past and present developments within the field of augmented computational design, of methods of design integration, and of its relevance for practice is expected. The applicants will be reviewed based on the quality of their research and track record, vision statements in research and teaching, teaching merits, academic leadership skills and societal impact. A Master degree in architecture or design related field and a doctoral degree is mandatory. The candidate is expected to be internationally networked and fluent in English. The position will require moving to Finland for candidates not already located in the country.
Please find more information on the School of Arts, Design and Architecture’s tenure-track criteria here
What we offer
We offer you a possibility to work within a well-resourced learning, research and art & design community. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture has well-equipped infrastructure for research and artistic activities, including a number of top-class workshop premises. We are located on the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, with several other neighboring research institutions and organizations.
The salary will be defined based on the applicant’s qualifications and level of position and will follow the Aalto University salary system
. In addition to the salary, Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care and excellent learning and development opportunities.
Ready to apply?
The following materials should be submitted in English and in PDF format through our recruitment system Workday
. Maximum size per document there is 5 MB (please note that you may use our separate uploading service for the portfolio and the list of publications documents, in case they are larger than that).
• a motivation letter, including your vision for research and teaching in the applied position (max. 3 pages)
• a curriculum vitae, according to the instructions
of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity
• a list of publications, including your three most significant publications. In case needed, please upload all publications as a single pdf-file (max 30 MB) to our uploading service
• a portfolio of project or research work (max. 20 pages and 30 MB). In case needed, please upload your portfolio as a single pdf-file, to our uploading service
• a teaching portfolio that follows Aalto University guidelines
We kindly ask you to submit your application materials through our recruitment systems no later than midnight on Monday 7 August 2023 (UTC +3).
If you already work at Aalto University or are a visitor here
, please apply for the position by using your existing Workday user account
! Please see how to do it here
After the application period closes, the Departmental Committee will draw a shortlist of candidates who will be invited to a site visit in late October. During the site visit they will be interviewed and asked to deliver a teaching demonstration.
In addition, the shortlisted applications will be reviewed by external experts. Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to ask for supplementary materials.
For additional information, please contact Chair of the Departmental Committee, Professor Toni Kotnik, toni.kotnik(at)aalto.fi
In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Satu Pöyhönen: satu.poyhonen(at)aalto.fi
Please note that in July there might be delays in responses due to the vacation periods in Finland.
About Finland and Helsinki area
Finland has a high standard of living, a world leading education system, and a vibrant commercial and cultural life. It enjoys a robust economy and political stability. It has excellent transport links to the major cities of Europe and beyond. Helsinki is one of Europe’s leading capital cities and a vivid center of scholarship. As a living and working environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies.
As a community of high ethics, we want to assure the highest international standard in research, education, and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behavior that we expect from each other. The Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members, and it clarifies the values that guide us.
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