Lecturer in the field of University-Wide Art Studies

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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 significant player in its impact on social life. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. The School of ARTS will move to rapidly modernizing campus in Otaniemi Espoo during summer/autumn 2018. The Otaniemi campus will be a collaborative hub, supporting flexible and collaborative ways of working.

Department of Art is looking for

LECTURER in the field of University-Wide Art Studies

for a 4-year-period, beginning in January the 1st2019, or appropriate.

Main duties and responsibilities

The purpose of the university lecturer is to develop, coordinate, and conduct teaching and research in the area of University-wide Art Studies for all of Aalto University.

University-wide Art Studies (UWAS) is an initiative which develops arts-based courses for all students of the university, to expand their perspectives and skillsets. The aim is to offer arts-based transdisciplinary education with a strong art and creative practice underpinning, and to develop the necessary practices and structures for their deployment.
The duties of the university lecturer include:

  • Participation in coordinating and developing the practices and structures of UWAS under the leadership of the professor in charge of University-Wide Art Studies.
  • Participating in teaching UWAS courses
  • Preparing research, and developing, implementing, and leading events and projects under the leadership of the professor in charge of University-Wide Art Studies
  • Participation in the development and administration work of UWAS

The university lecturer will work with the professor in charge of UWAS, to plan, develop, and coordinate the activities, and to research themes, issues, and areas related to art, creativity, pedagogy, and theory within the multidisciplinary university context. It is expected that the university lecturer plan and develop new courses, projects and events. The university lecturer will also be expected to pursue their own line of research and publications in related areas.


A successful candidate should have

  • Earned Doctorate in an appropriate field Knowledge of contemporary art education theory and practices
  • Previous experience in developing and/or teaching broad university wide courses in art and creative practices, or similar context
  • Skills in coordinating, research and leadership
  • Excellent skills in English language


To apply for the position, please submit your application in English containing

  1. Motivation letter including a statement of past, current, and future artistic practice and/or research related to arts-based transdisciplinary studies
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio
  4. Teaching portfolio
  5. Names and contact information for three references

How to fill the teaching portfolio, see following link:

Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than, August 15, 2018 (Finnish time UTC +3 during daylight saving time). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.

Salary and place of work

The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The position is located in Helsinki metropolitan area.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Kevin Tavin, firstname.lastname (at) aalto.fi, or in recruitment process related questions HR-coordinator Elina Helminen (on vacation 27.6.-6.8.2018), firstname.lastname (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.