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Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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Postdoctoral Researcher Espoo, Finland 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland –the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The university's ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. At Aalto there are 20,000 students with around 75,000 alumni. We have a staff of 5,000 including 400 professors.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of architecture, art and design in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, architecture, urban planning and design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art and visual culture. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

The Department of Architecture at the Aalto University, is the oldest and largest of the three schools of architecture in Finland. Since 1872, the architectural education in Finland has followed the European tradition of architectural education as part of the technical sciences. During the last decade, the department has strengthened its research activity and doctoral education to meet the future challenges of architecture and planning.

The Department of Architecture is looking for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in the field of Design Methodologies in Architecture

for a 2-year-period. The position will be filled as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable.

Main tasks and requirements

The purpose of the postdoctoral researcher is to support and strengthen research at the Department of Architecture. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include:

- Preparing research, development and design projects at the department
- Implementing and leading these projects under the leading of the professor of Emergent Design Methodologies
- Participation in teaching in architecture
- Participation in the development and administration work of the department

The post-doctoral researcher will work in the context of a new thematic focus group at the department, Group X. Group X hosts thematically not only architectural design methodologies, but also wellbeing architecture (the development of social and healthcare facilities) and service architecture (architecture conceived as a service) and pursues these themes and fields in research and teaching. The purpose of Group X is also to constructively question the premises and activities of other groups at the department and play a key role in the interdisciplinary activities of the department.


A successful candidate should have

- Fluent skill in English language
- Architect’s degree
- Doctor’s degree within the last five years related to the research of design
- Knowledge on the design methods of contemporary international architecture
- Design skills


To apply for the position, please submit your application containing

1) your CV,
2) the portfolio of your design and/or planning projects and
3) a short statement about the future development of architecture,

by February 25th 2014.

Salary and place of work

The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. For the postdoctoral researcher, the expected starting salary is around 3500 €/month, and it may increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The position is located on Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus in the premises of the Department of Architecture.

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.

Further information

Professor Antti Ahlava
+358 50 324 1179


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