21 June 2012
Doctoral Student, Communication Design Research
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
Apply by September 15, 2012
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 4,500 including 300 professors.
The former Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering have merged to form the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The new school combines design, media, architecture, film, art education and art. The key areas of research in the school are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design.
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for
DOCTORAL STUDENT, Communication Design Research
The job begins in fall 2012. The assignment is for maximum of two years.
Key Accountabilities and Qualifications
The doctoral student will be part of the Graphic Design study and research unit at the Department of Media, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The areas of research in communication design are visualization methods and multimodal representations, design processes, media artefacts and their reception and usage by different audiences, including participatory design. The approach to research is based on theory and design practices, framed from defined perspectives in relevant contexts.
The doctoral student will conduct research in one of the above areas according to his/her own interest and the accepted research plan. The doctoral student will gain teaching experience by tutoring graphic design MA students in courses, which support his/her own research. The successful candidate will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in order to work within the art and design-based academic institution. The position requires a Master’s degree, a design portfolio as well as research and design skills.
The doctoral student must possess a post-graduate study place in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, OR commit oneself to apply for a post-graduate study place in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture by September 15th 2012 (please see https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraltaik/Homepage). If the applicant is not granted a post-graduate study place by December 31st 2012, the employment will not be continued. Sufficient knowledge of English language is also required. The applicant has to present a research plan that is related to one of the focus areas of communication design research as outlined above. The research plan must include a schedule for completing the doctoral degree.
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.
Salary will be paid according to the University’s salary scheme.
Application period and instructions
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.
The application materials will not be returned.
Assistant Professor Marja Seliger
tel. +358 50 5699431