Professor in Cinematography

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 is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871. ELO Film School Finland, founded in 1959, is one of the eldest film schools in Europe and in the world.


Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites Tenure track or Tenured position applications for:




The position can be filled in Assistant Professor (fixed-term) / Associate Professor (fixed-term or tenured), or Full Professor (tenured) level of the Aalto University Tenure track system. The position will begin 1.1.2018 or as agreed.

The position is located at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography (ELO Film School Finland). ELO consists of two degree programmes. The Degree Programme in Film and Television provides teaching in seven areas of specialization:  directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary filmmaking. The Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television offers three areas of specialization: production design, scenography and costume design. In addition, the Department provides teaching in history of film and courses in research skills. The Department endorses practice-based research with questions emerging from experiences in artistic and production work. The research activities aim at producing new theoretical and practical knowledge, insights and approaches on filmmaking and scenography.The Department collaborates closely with the University of the Arts Helsinki and with other national and international higher education institutions specialized in arts. For more information, see

Job description

The Professor in Cinematography will focus on developing and teaching methods of cinematography and visual storytelling. The purpose is to educate students to become professionals in the field of film and TV. The Professor in Cinematography will participate in developing the major and the department. S/he will also be working tightly with the field and building collaborations within Aalto and outside of Aalto. The professor is expected to maintain and create national, nordic and international collaboration in the field.

The selected person is also expected to maintain an active professional career as Director of Photography while working as the Professor in Cinematography. The Professor is encouraged to take periodic, uncompensated leaves of absence to pursue her/his artistic work.


The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: artistic merits, teaching, co-operative skills, activity and leadership in artistic or academic community and research. Artistic merits will be emphasized in the selection process. Research and publication activity is considered to be an asset, but it is not required.

The applicant is expected to have significant artistic qualifications and wide practical experience in the field. The applicant is expected to have strong and well-articulated vision regarding the field and how it should be developed. 

For general requirements on Aalto University Tenure Track career system, please see For language requirements, please see

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 talent to join the Aalto University community.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific/artistic research and/or artistic work, 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. For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see


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:

  • Application letter addressed to the President of Aalto University
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information)
  • Filmography (including list of festivals, distribution, awards etc.)
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Summary of teaching experience (max 2 pages)
  • A description of your views regarding teaching (max 2 pages)
  • A description of your views regarding the present situation and the future development of the field (max 2 pages)

All material must be in English. The application material will not be returned. Aalto University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process.

Please submit your application with attachments (in PDF-format, max 20 MB each) through the eRecruitment system no later than June 5th 2017 (Finnish time UTC +3). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply for this job') can be found at the bottom of the page. Please use the following file naming convention: lastname_firstname_attachmentname_YYYY-MM-DD.pdf (for example applicant_anna_cv_2017-05-30.pdf).

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 e.g. guidelines for compiling CV are given at

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.

For more information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Departmental Recruitment Committee, Professor Pietari Koskinen tel. +358 50 568 7650 (or in recruitment process –related questions HR-coordinator Piia Vaisanen, tel. +358 50 408 3097). E-mails:

In Espoo, April 26th 2017