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Professor of Practice in Sound in Virtual Reality
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering / School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Date Posted Nov. 9, 2018
Title Professor of Practice in Sound in Virtual Reality
University Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering / School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics / Department of Media
Application Deadline Dec. 9, 2018
Position Start Date June-September 2019
  • Helsinki
  • Visiting Prof/Prof of Practice
  • Digital Media
    Game Design/Animation

Aalto University
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.

We are now looking for a PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE in the field of SOUND IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality (and augmented reality) technologies are currently having significant impact in the development of, for example, new communication, education and entertainment products and systems. As an experienced expert in the field of sound and/or acoustics for virtual systems, you will be given the opportunity to exploit and develop your skills and knowledge through activities in research, teaching and creative production with the multi-disciplinary experts and students of Finland’s most dynamic university.

We are currently searching for a new professor (5 year, fixed term position, non-extendable) to help develop an emerging inter-disciplinary field at Aalto University through the collaboration of the School of Arts, Design & Architecture with the School of Electrical Engineering. In this position, you will have a chance to make an impact by involvement in state-of-the-art research work and its applications within collaborative projects with artists and designers to produce novel productions and/or products of the highest creative level.

The Professor of Practice professorship is an Aalto University academic position that enables the departments to hire highly qualified professionals and academics who have made major impacts in the fields important to Aalto University. The position provides possibility for dynamic development of a field.

Your role, network and team
You will actively collaborate with Aalto ARTS’ researchers, in the Department of Media and elsewhere, to introduce and integrate new tools into their research projects. Additionally, you will teach students the theories and practical use of audio technologies in virtual reality, on such a level that is approachable to relevant MA-level students of ARTS. To be able to teach artists in such matters, sensitivity and knowledge towards artistic and design practices is highly desirable.

With Prof. Lily Díaz (Department of Media, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto ARTS) you will contribute to the planning and teaching of a major course about Building Virtual Worlds in which students would be taught the state-of-art methods on how to build interactive virtual realities for arbitrary uses. You will have major role in developing this cross-school course and in teaching of virtual acoustic techniques within it.

You will contribute to the research of Prof. Ville Pulkki’s group in the department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at the School of Electrical Engineering in which methods to reproduce, augment and synthesize virtual auditory spatial scenes are developed. The group is working on, for example, fast machine-learning-based estimation and rendering of room responses for interactive virtual acoustics, on methods to reproduce the spatial distribution of virtual sources and on methods to render spatial audio on surfaces of virtual objects.

The main goals of your work will be in achieving novel and ‘magical’ creative realisations based on the exploitation of the tools and technologies that are born from your research and development work collaborations.

Your experience and ambitions
We expect that you have strong experience of development of spatial audio technologies witnessed by excellent professional achievements. You may have completed a doctoral degree or have other qualifications that are comparable to a doctoral level degree. You have a good knowledge of signal processing, psychoacoustics and room acoustics. In addition, you have very good knowledge of contemporary artistic and design practices, as well as practical experience in the fields of sound design and virtual reality. You have excellent communication skills in English.

As a Professor of Practice, you have broad theoretical and practical knowledge and technical, digital media, skills (including programming) that enable you to work successfully within an art and design-based academic community. In addition, you may have skills in multi-disciplinary education and design which are relevant for this position and which you consider necessary for the development and understanding of the field of sound design in virtual reality.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Recruitment committee Chair, Philip Dean ( In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Saara Haggrén (

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our eRecruitment system no later than on 9 December 2018. The link to the eRecruitment system can be found at the bottom of the page.
Applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: audio technology, artistic merits, teaching, collaborative skills, and activity and leadership in the artistic or academic community.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:
1. Motivation letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. List of publications (the most important ones to be marked with an asterisk)
4. Creative portfolio including 5 most significant projects in a single PDF file (max. file size 100 MB)
5. Teaching portfolio
6. Brief (max. 1000 words) overview of your ideas regarding the future development of the field
7. Brief (max. 1000 words) description of teaching experience and qualifications.

All application materials should be submitted in English, in pdf format. The application materials will not be returned. Aalto University does not accept any letters of recommendations during the first phase of the application process.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to visit Aalto University in February/March 2019.

Short-listed candidates’ applications will be submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolio and CV are given at

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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