Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

20 January 2012

Assistant Professor in Design Integration (Tenure Track position)

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture,  Finland

Application deadline: March 6, 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 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 invite applications for


The assistant professor in Design Integration will focus on practices through which design interacts with business management, product development, and other disciplines where design can create new solutions and value. The work requires advanced command of relevant academic research. In addition the post entails expertise in design management and leadership in the global business environment, accomplishing high impact cross-disciplinary educational projects, and/or initiating new forms of disciplinary and professional integration.

The candidates shall have a doctoral level degree on an applicable field. They will be reviewed based on research output, teaching merits and service to the academic, societal and business community. In recruiting on the assistant professor level attention will be paid on future potential in addition to proven merits.

The professorship will be positioned in the Department of Design. However, the professor’s teaching and research shall take place on the cross disciplinary platforms of Aalto University, especially the International Design Business Management (IDBM) program.

The Department of Design is an internationally acknowledged design education and research unit. The department has a team of 40 researchers and about 700 students most of which study on post graduate level. Its research foci are human centered design, cultural design research and sustainable design. Recent evaluation has rated its research on leading international level in quality and impact ( (

The International Design Business Management program (IDBM) is a joint teaching and research platform of the Aalto University. Its purpose is to develop world-class expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary research and learning that cuts across the areas of business, design and technology. The IDBM program emphasizes the importance of design as a competitive factor, linked with state-of-the-art technology and business models (

The applications are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as .pdf -files no later than 6th March 2012. All material should be in English. The application materials should include:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
  2. Curriculum Vitae (with contact details)
  3. List of publications, 5 most relevant for the position marked with an asterisk*
  4. One page summary of each of the following:
  5. Candidate’s research achievements
  6. Artistic and/or professional achievements
  7. Teaching merits
  8. Academic leadership and contribution to research community
  9. One page summary of the research plan for the assistant professor period

Short listed candidates will be asked to supplement the application in the latter phases of the review process.

The language requirements for applicants are described in the application 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.

For additional information, please contact Professor Turkka Keinonen (or in recruitment process related questions HR-coordinator Aira Rusanen). E-mails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In Helsinki, 19 January 2012