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

08 May 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher/ Costume Design

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Apply by June 12, 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, film, scenography, 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 Film, Television and Scenography, ELO, consists of two degree programs: film and television, and scenography (see http://elo.aalto.fi/en/). The Degree Program of Film and Television provides teaching in seven areas of specialization:  directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary film-making. The Degree Program of Scenography offers three areas of specialization: production design, stage design and costume design. In addition, the Department collaborates closely with the Theatre Academy Helsinki and with other higher education institutions specialized in arts. The open position relates to the Degree Program of Scenography, Costume Design specialization.

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography is looking for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in the field of Costume Design

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

The field of research is Costume Design. Costume design is one of the three majors in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the Degree Programme in Scenography, and it is also one of the new research fields of the department. Costume design courses are also offered to students from various backgrounds, such as fashion and textiles, as well as scenography and lighting. Research in the department is interdisciplinary, and doctoral students represent various disciplines. There is at the moment one professor and one lecturer specialized in the field of costume design, as well as a varying number of visiting lecturers working in different projects.

The purpose of postdoctoral research is to support and strengthen research at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography, as well as to contribute to new approaches in teaching. Postdoctoral researcher’s duties include research and teaching related to the research field both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Postdoctoral researchers also participate in the preparation of research projects and search for funding, including writing grant proposals. Administrative duties in the development of research and teaching can also be part of the job description.

An expeditiously and successfully gained doctoral degree in a relevant research field is required. The applicants are expected to demonstrate artistic and/or research experience in the field of costume and performance. Applicants’ research potential and merits will be given particular emphasis during the selection process. Teaching experience would also be an advantage.  The task requires fluent skills in the use of English language: the working language will be English. The salary is determined by the salary system of Aalto University.

Application materials should include an application letter, a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, a two-page description of future research interests related to costume design, a certificate of the doctoral degree, and two sample publications (full text). In addition, please include names of two researchers who may be contacted for reference; you may also arrange them to send a letter of reference directly by e-mail to the address below (with reference “Postdoc Costume_applicant’s name”).

The applications are asked to be submitted preferably electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in PDF format, preferably on a single PDF-file. The pdf-file should contain applicant's last name: "Costume_LASTNAME". Please name your application email with a subject “Postdoc Costume”. The postal address is Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Registry, P.O. Box 31000, FI‐00076 Aalto, Finland. The deadline for applications is June 12th 2012.

The application materials will not be returned. The right to extend the search, to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period, or not to fill a position is reserved.

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

Helsinki May 8th 2012