Call for Visiting Postdoctoral researchers – Research project: Costume Methodologies, Aalto University

The Costume in Focus (CiF) research group based at the Department of Film, TV & Scenography, Aalto University, is seeking two short-term Visiting Post-doctoral Researchers to develop their own publication within the FiDiPro research project Costume Methodologies – Building methodological tools for research in the field of costume design, funded by the Academy of Finland.

The selected researchers will be given the opportunity to work on a topic of their choice, already in progress, with a desired focus on methods and approaches for researching costume, with the aim of preparing publication-ready work. The researchers will work in a supportive environment with like-minded people in the field.

The duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Work towards completion of a scientific publication as above
  • Share the work in a research seminar
  • Participate in the informal meetings of the CiF research group

About the project

The main objective of the Costume Methodologies research project is to establish a methodological strategy to investigate the creation, production and function of costume in all areas of the performing arts – theatre, opera, dance and other stage- or site-specific live performance – as well as in film, television and other camera- and media-based creative projects involving costume. The case studies involved in the project investigate different perspectives of costume, using a variety of interrelated, cross-disciplinary methods and materials, such as archival records, visual materials, documents and literary sources, interviews and oral history, digital technologies, and new creative work developed through artistic research processes. (See also: http://costumeinfocus.com/projects/costume-methodologies/.)

The Visiting Post-doctoral Researchers’ topics of research should contribute towards new methodological approaches to researching costume in performance, through a specific case study or theoretical perspective.

Key selection criteria

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field or subject.
  • Research experience in the field of costume design or related fields.
  • A focused research topic and a feasible research plan.
  • Ability to publish in academic English.

Duration, salary and place of work

Each Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher will be funded for a period of 2 months between January-June 2017. The salary will be paid according to the University’s salary scheme and the project’s funding. The position is located at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Aalto University (for more information, please see http://elo.aalto.fi/en/ ). The primary location will be Otaniemi, Espoo.

Application due date and instructions

To apply for this role, please submit the following materials: (1) A letter of intent, (2) A Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and relevant expertise; (3) An example of a recent academic publication, (4) A research plan of max.2 pages for the proposed research topic; and (5) a certificate of the Doctoral degree. Name all your documents according to this example: Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf. All materials should be in English.

Please submit the materials in PDF-format (max 20 MB per file) by August 30, 2016 using this application link:

https://www.saimanet.com/aaltohome/aew.html?did=5900&lang=fi&job_id=894&jc=6

For further enquiries, please contact Professor Sofia Pantouvaki (on annual leave 18 July – 19 August 2016), or for practical questions HR-coordinator Piia Väisänen (on annual leave 11-31 July 2016), emails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

Dr. Sofia Pantouvaki

Professor of Costume Design for Theatre and Film

Costume in Focus Research Group

Co-Editor, Studies in Costume and Performance

Aalto University | School of Arts, Design & Architecture | Department of Film, Television and Scenography

E: sofia.pantouvaki@aalto.fi

M: +358 50 5992288

Postal address: P.O.Box 31000, FI-00076 AALTO, Helsinki, Finland

Street address: Hämeentie 135A, 00560 Helsinki, Finland

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