Doctoral candidate position in Design for Equality and Social Justice

Aalto University, Finland
Apply by September 21, 2017

We are providing an opportunity for a doctoral candidate who is interested in working with socially sustainable design and deal with following types of challenges: How can design promote altruistic consumption? How can product and service design promote equality and social justice?

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invite applications for

Doctoral candidate position in Design for Equality and Social Justice

Products and services fundamentally define the way we live and the opportunities we have. Thus, design research needs to look at the use and consumption of products and services also from the point of view of social justice. We are providing an opportunity for a doctoral candidate who is interested in working with socially sustainable design and deal with following types of challenges: How can design promote altruistic consumption? How can product and service design promote equality and social justice? Are the concepts, methods and practices of human centred design just? How to evaluate design from the point of view of social justice and equality? How to avoid discriminating and alienating designs? The position links to recent opening of a research agenda on just design by Prof Keinonen, in Keinonen, Turkka: Designers, Users and Justice. Bloomsbury, 2017.

We are looking for a post-graduate student to work on her/his Doctor of Arts (DA) degree at Aalto ARTS (Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture), Department of Design. Before hired, the candidate must first pass the general selection of doctoral students in the department of design, for which you can find the guidance below.

Full time doctoral candidates are expected to complete their DA in four years, during which they should complete their DA thesis and doctoral studies, participate in research projects around their topic area, and teach relevant courses. The monthly salary will be according to the Aalto salary system, depending on the candidate’s expertise and tasks, from 2300€ upwards. The duration of position is 24 months and the posts can also be partitioned to shorter term ones the call is open to both existing and new students to Department of Design.

Enquiries: Professor Turkka Keinonen, turkka.keinonen(at)aalto.fi

Please apply through our electronic recruitment system. The deadline for applications is Thursday 21 September 2017 (Finnish time UTC +2) and starting date 1 January 2018 (starting date is negotiable). Application materials should be submitted in English.

Your application should include the following attachments:

* CV (max. 2 pages)
* Description of research skills, experience and publications (max 2 pages)
* Short research plan (max 4 pages)

Please see the application instructions and link to the eRecruitment system here<http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/1001/>

More information on the general requirements and the application process for post-graduate studies in Aalto ARTS: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraltaik/Applying+for+doctoral+studies and from Professor Sampsa Hyysalo, sampsa.hyysalo(at)aalto.fi

In recruitment process related questions you may contact HR coordinator Satu Pöyhönen, satu.poyhonen(at)aalto.fi

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.

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