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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. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is one of the best art and design schools globally (9th in QS ranking 2018). Students from all over the world come to enjoy the vibrant and high-class education at Aalto ARTS.
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. Please see more information on the lecturer track here: https://www.aalto.fi/research-art/lecturer-career-system
Your role and goals
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.
In your lecturer role you contribute 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. You will collaborate with the Department of Design research teams Embodied Design Group and Fashion/Textile Futures. You will utilize Aalto University facilities and develop collaboration with other schools of Aalto University.
Your 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. You 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.
You are 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. You are required to 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. You are 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.
Your network and team
The staff at the Department of Design consists of leading academics and practitioners who have active research or professional careers. You will be working in a team with professors and lecturers in Interaction and Digital Design, plus hourly-paid teachers, administrative staff and other teaching and research staff of the department.
What we offer
The position is located in Otaniemi, Espoo in a new campus building Väre designed for the School of ARTS. At Aalto University, you will experience an inspiring and multidisciplinary working environment in a unique combination of the fields of art and design, technology and business. Aalto provides its employees with health care benefits and versatile staff training. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University.
Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system no later than 12th March 2019 (Finnish time is UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system is here: https://rekry.saima.fi/aaltohome/application_edit_welcome.html?job_id=2210&field_id=0&place_id=6&did=5900&jc=1&lang=en .
To apply, please submit the following application materials:
• Motivation letter, including a vision of the 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 https://www.aalto.fi/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track. Please submit all your application materials in English and in PDF format.
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Professor Andrés Lucero at tel. +358 50 330 2909, or email andres.lucero(at)aalto.fi. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Anu Virtanen; anu.k.virtanen(at)aalto.fi.
From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select candidates to continue in the process. Shortlisted applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process) and invited to visit the school in mid-April 2019. The visit includes a teaching demonstration and an interview.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
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