Vacancy: Professor of Interactive Design

Aalto ARTS, Finland
Apply by November 22, 2015

Interaction design of digital media, physical products and ubiquitous intelligent environments has passed the phase where development was predominantly technology-driven. Content, meaning, insight and expe-rience have become the key design drivers and thus increasingly central competences for designers. The purpose of the professorship to strengthen and develop teaching and research that addresses these competencies.

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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and design. The university has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our vision is to rank among the top universities in the world. The Aalto University campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, welfare architecture and emerging technologies as well as urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills.
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites tenure track or tenured position applications for:

Professor of Interaction Design

The position can be filled in Assistant / Associate / Full Professor level of the Aalto University Tenure track system.
The position will begin during the academic year 2016-17.

Job description

Interaction design of digital media, physical products and ubiquitous intelligent environments has passed the phase where development was predominantly technology-driven. Content, meaning, insight and expe-rience have become the key design drivers and thus increasingly central competences for designers. The purpose of the professorship to strengthen and develop teaching and research that addresses these competencies. The new professorship will also be instrumental in bridging digital and physical design as well as digital technology and artistic and human-centred design.

The professor will work in the creative and internationally-recognized environment of the School of ARTS and the Departments of Design and Media. The professor develops and leads research across the departments and schools of Aalto University in close connection with society and in active interaction with the design research community creating links to scholars and professionals in the field. The professor contributes to joint teaching in the Departments of Design and Media, both at the doctoral and MA levels, and supervises and advises doctoral and MA students with their dissertations and theses. As this is a new professorship, the professor will also have an essential role in developing new courses and curricula.

Requirements

The professor of interaction design shall have a specialization and capability to work broadly within the related disciplines and competence areas of interactive prototyping, new media, physical computing, design for user experience, interaction research, human-centred and collaborative design, human-computer interaction and digital humanities. The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of design and constructive and/or practice-based design research.

The applicant is expected to have:

• Doctoral degree in a relevant field
• Cutting-edge research agenda in interaction design
• Teaching experience
• Experience in interaction design practice
• Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration
• International networks within the field of professorship
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their merits in research, teaching, academic leadership and interaction design practice.

Tenure track in Aalto University

The position will be placed on the Aalto University Tenure Track. Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community. For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see www.aalto.fi/en/tenuretrack.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific/artistic research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.

Salary

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase the applicants are required to submit the following material:

1. Motivation letter including a statement of current and future research interests (max. 5 pages)
2. Curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages)
3. Complete list of publications
4. 5 publications most relevant for position
5. Portfolio including 5 most significant interaction design projects in a single file with your personal role in the projects clearly stated

All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files (max. size 100 MB). Aalto University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process.
Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/621/ no later than on November 22nd, 2015 (Finnish time UTC +2).

Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis. This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed based on information available on public databases.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).
General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at: www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.

Additional information

For additional information please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Turkka Keinonen, email turkka.keinonen@aalto.fi. In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR-coordinator Jussi Hartikainen, tel. +358 50 575 3888, email jussi.hartikainen@aalto.fi.

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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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