Lecturer in Interaction Design

Aalto University k

Espoo, Finland

Jun 18
Job Description

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design invites applications for

Lecturer in Interaction Design

The position will be filled as soon as possible or according to agreement for a fixed term or permanently on any level of the Aalto University Lecturer Career System.

Job description

Design of interactive embedded systems, online services, interactive materials and wearable electronics has become a key interest in many branches of design including product, service, textile and fashion design as well as in experimental design projects. All these are in the focus of Department of Design education.

The lecturer’s teaching contributes to Department of Design MA programs Collaborative and Industrial Design, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design and Department of Design BA majors Design and the new English speaking BA program planned to start in 2019. The lecturer will collaborate with the Department of Design research teams Embodied Design Group and Fashion/Textile Futures. The lecturer will utilize Aalto University facilities and develop collaboration with other schools of Aalto University.

The lecturer´s duties include teaching computational thinking and interactive prototyping to bachelor and master level students, coordinating projects and participating in the development of teaching, research and artistic activities at the Department of Design. The lecturer will participate in the guidance and assessment of student assignments and thesis works and take part in student selections when needed.


Design of interactive products, interfaces and systems requires advanced skills in interactive software and hardware prototyping. In addition, a successful work of the lecturer requires knowledge of human centered design, creative design thinking and good collaboration skills.

The lecturer is required to have at least a higher university degree, i.e. master level, and artistic-professional competence, practical experience of working in the field of the lectureship and good teaching skills. Research and technical merits, as well as other significant merits in the field of lectureship and pedagogic education are regarded an advantage. The lecturer shall have knowledge of the international field of interaction design and good communication skills in English. Finnish and Swedish language skills are regarded an advantage.

Successful conduct of the duties requires strong know-how of the processes and practices of interaction design. Diverse experience in design and knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, project management and teamwork skills are essential for the position. Skills in electronics and/or industry experience are regarded an advantage. The applicant is also required to have a vision for the future of the field of the lectureship and ability to work in a flexible and open-minded fashion in the multi-disciplinary fields of design.

Salary and working time

Salary will be determined upon competence and experience of the applicant following the salary system of Finnish universities. Teaching personnel belong to the total working hours system, working 1624 hours annually. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland´s comprehensive social security.

How to apply

Please submit your application through the electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than on August 13th, 2018, accompanying it with the following attachments:

- Motivation letter, including a vision of the current state and future development in the field of the lectureship (max. 3 pages)
- Curriculum Vitae (including lists of design projects and the most significant publications) (max. 10 pages)
- Portfolio including five most significant designs, productions, published articles or art works with your personal role in them clearly stated (in a single file, size limited to 20 MB)
- Teaching portfolio including teaching merits and approach to teaching, see instructions at www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.

The Departmental Committee reserves the right to request the applicants to submit additional material.

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.

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling a CV and teaching portfolio are given at www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.

Application process

Applicants are evaluated in the following dimensions: artistic-professional and research merits, teaching, collaboration and technical skills, activity in art/research and design communities. The Departmental Committee will choose applicants to visit the Department of Design and to give a teaching demonstration on 26th of September 2018. Chosen applicants will be interviewed by the Departmental Committee and assessed by external evaluators.

Additional information

- Concerning the job description and requirements, Professor Andrés Lucero, tel. +358 50 330 2909 email andres.lucero(at)aalto.fi (away from the 25th of June to 16th of July)

- Concerning the application process, HR Coordinator Päivi Niemi, tel. +358 50 501 8434, email paivi.j.niemi(at)aalto.fi (away from the 4th of July to 2nd of August)

About Finland and Helsinki area
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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 six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, welfare architecture and emerging technologies as well as urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills.