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Lecturer in Clothing Design (Fashion)

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Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a global leader in higher education in design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in fields such as art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates are innovators in and beyond their fields, drawing from over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together within and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression. We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We renew our expertise through high level research in continuous collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment.

The Department of Design in School of Arts, Design and Architecture is looking for

Lecturer in Clothing Design (Fashion)

Fashion education at Aalto University is one of the leading programmes globally. Our students are frequently awarded for their work in international competitions and Aalto fashion is widely visible and a globally recognized phenomenon.

Aalto University offers you an excellent opportunity to have an active role to further the success of Aalto fashion and to continue the development of teaching and education in cooperation with our enthusiastic and ambitious teachers.

The Department of Design is hiring a Lecturer in Clothing Design (Fashion). The main task is to teach core studies in fashion design and to supervise theses primarily on the bachelor level. In addition, the position includes planning, developing and renewing teaching and fashion design education together with other teaching staff. Duties may also include artistic activities or research, depending on the profile of the selected person. In addition, the position includes administrative tasks.

Your experience

We are seeking a visionary professional with design experience and extensive knowledge from the international fashion industry and pedagogical skills. The applicant is expected to have at least Master’s degree. Teaching experience in fashion and clothing design at the university level is considered an advantage. We appreciate artistic competence and international experience in artistic design work either at the level of products, collections or concepts. The ability to guide students in their design process, good communication and team working skills as well as good networks the field of fashion are expected.

Proficiency in Finnish and English is required for the candidate, proficiency in Swedish is considered an advantage.

What we offer

The title in the career system of lecturers of Aalto University can be either University Teacher, University Lecturer or Senior University Lecturer based on the qualifications of the candidate. Read more about the Aalto lecturer career system:

The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed four-year term with an opportunity to permanent position. The position will be filled from 1 August 2021.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities and the salary is determined by the competence and experience required for the position. The applicants may also make salary requests.

As an employer, Aalto University offers pedagogical support and training. We have excellent teaching and working spaces and studios. In the Department of Design you will be part of an inspiring and supportive community of experienced professionals.

Ready to apply?

To apply, we kindly ask you to submit the following application materials through our recruitment system via the “Apply now!” link below on 18 January 2021 4 p.m. (Eastern European time UTC +2) at the latest.

The application materials should be submitted in English and in the pdf format. Make sure the filenames have your name. The Departmental Committee will go through all applications and may request supplementary materials from some of the applicants.

The application materials will not be returned. We do not accept non-electronic application materials.

Aalto University has the right, for justified reasons, not to fill the position, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not applied for the position within the application period.

The most suitable candidates will be invited to visit the Department of Design and Aalto campus to deliver teaching demonstrations in the spring of 2021 if this is possible in light of the pandemic.

The selected applications will be reviewed by external experts. In addition, the Departmental Committee and the Educational Board will interview the short-listed candidates. The applicants will be reviewed based on the following areas: merits and competence in teaching; merits in artistic-professional and /or research; skills in collaboration; participation in the professional, design or academic community. Pedagogical studies are considered an advantage.

For more information

If you wish to hear more about us or the position, please contact Chair of the Departmental Committee, Professor Pirjo Hirvonen ([email protected]). If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katri Kotinurmi ([email protected]).

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues

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.Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

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