Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices

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 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our 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.

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

Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices

The call is open on all levels of the Aalto University tenure track system: Assistant, Associate and Full Professor. The position will begin 1.10.2018 or as agreed.

Job description

The professor of visual culture and artistic practices will work in the Department of Art (see http://taide.aalto.fi/en/) which is globally recognized for its research excellence, groundbreaking art, pioneering education, and societal impact. Some areas of research and artistic activities include ecological issues, gender, equality, mobility, biological art, and cultural differences. In addition, the intersection of art, science, business, and technology is a developing area responding to the possibilities of transdisciplinary research done at Aalto University. The position strengthens the research and artistic culture in the department.

The professorship is located at the intersections of visual culture and contemporary art, and the person chosen for this position will be responsible for developing artistic thinking and practices, and their application to new areas, contexts, and non-art disciplines. The professorship strengthens transdisciplinary collaborations, as well as the integration and sharing of creative activities and thinking across different fields of the university.

The professor is directly responsible for developing teaching about substantive forms of visual culture and artistic activities. The professor is expected to increase the number of channels and venues for communication, storytelling and expression of the Department’s research and artistic activities on an international level, including reaching a wide audience, generating artistic and research outputs that have societal impact, and directly affecting the shape and scope of fields of visual culture and contemporary art practices. The professor will advise MA and DA students, and take part in the broader collaborative research and administration in the Department of Art. In addition, there is an expectation of establishing long-term partnerships with private and public institutions and engaging in numerous art and education research projects.

Requirements

The professorship requires experience, vision, and leadership in the fields of visual culture and contemporary artistic practices. This experience should include cultivating student praxis in the context of societal, cultural, and philosophical discourses related to visual culture and contemporary artistic practices. Excellent skills in English and a doctorate in a relevant field is required.

Applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: artistic/research merits, teaching, international, collaborative and transdisciplinary competencies, and activity and leadership in academic communities. When recruiting for first term assistant professor position, the evaluation is mainly based on the potential of the candidate in the evaluated dimensions. When recruiting for second term assistant professor position, the evaluation is based on both merits and potential. Candidates recruited to the level of associate or full professor must have high academic merits.

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:

  • Application letter addressed to the President of Aalto University
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information)
  • List of publications, including possible artistic publications (with the 5 most significant publications highlighted and a brief explanation of each)
  • Artistic portfolio (optional)
  • Teaching portfolio
  • A description of your views regarding the present situation and the future development of visual culture and artistic practices (max 2 pages)

All material must be in English and follow the Aalto University instructions. General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolio and CV are given at www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.

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) through the eRecruitment system no later than on July 31 2018 (Finnish time UTC +3). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply for this job') can be found at the bottom of the page.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials, and to visit the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).

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.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Departmental Recruitment Committee, Professor Kevin Tavin tel. +358 50 4342 961, e-mail firstname.lastname@aalto.fi or in recruitment process –related questions HR coordinator Merja Seppanen, tel. +358 50 5937 712, e-mail firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

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.

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 and nomination criteria of Aalto University, please see www.aalto.fi/en/tenuretrack.

About Finland and Helsinki area

Finland has a high standard of living, a world leading education system, and a vibrant commercial and cultural life. It enjoys a robust economy and political stability. It has excellent transport links to the major cities of Europe and beyond. Helsinki is one of Europe’s leading capital cities and a vivid center of scholarship. As a living and working environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies. More information is available at: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/international_staff/

In Helsinki May 3rd, 2018