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

29 March 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban planning and design

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Application deadline: April 20, 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher (Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture)

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. At Aalto there are 20,000 students with around 75,000 alumni. We have a staff of 4,500 including 300 professors.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art.  The new school, formed in a merger of the School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering, will carry forward the internationally recognized expertise created by its predecessors.

The Department of Architecture at the Aalto University, is the oldest and largest of the three schools of architecture in Finland. Its age marks an exceptionally long tradition even internationally. 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.

More information about the Department and school can be found here: 

Within Aalto ARTS, the department of Architecture is looking for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in the field of Urban planning and design

for a 2-year-period starting on August 1st 2012 or as agreed.

Urban planning and design is one of the three majors in the undergraduate programs of architecture and landscape architecture, and it is also one of the three research fields of the department. Urban planning and design courses are also offered to students from various backgrounds, such as engineering and geography. Research is interdisciplinary, and doctoral students represent various disciplines.

During the last decades, research projects have dealt with e.g. sustainability, planning theory, communicative planning, power/knowledge in urban development, urban design management, housing issues, and the role of new technology in planning and design. There are at the moment two professors, one senior lecturer and one lecturer, as well as a varying number of researchers working in different projects or doctoral programs.

The purpose of postdoctoral research is to support and strengthen research at the Department of Architecture. Postdoctoral researcher’s duties include research and teaching related to the research field. Postdoctoral researchers also participate in the preparation of research projects and search for funding. Administrative duties in the development of research and teaching can also be part of the job description.

Requirements and application instructions

An expeditiously and successfully gained doctoral degree in a relevant research field is required. Applicants’ research potential and merits will be given particular emphasis during the selection process. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University.

To apply for the position, please send an email containing the following attachments (preferably in PDF format):

  • Your CV and application (including a description of your research interests),
  • a research plan made for the 2-year period,
  • a certificate of the doctoral degree,
  • a list of your publications

Please send this material to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or by mail to Registry of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, P.O. Box 31000, FI‐00076 Aalto, Finland). Please name your application email with a subject “Postdoc: Architecture”.

The deadline for applications is April 20th 2012.

For further inquiries please contact Professor Kimmo Lapintie by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The application materials will not be returned.

Helsinki, March 12, 2012.