Postdoctoral researcher in Fashion/Textile Futures research group

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.

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.

Department of Design is an academic community of approximately 850 students, 70 doctoral students and 70 faculty members. The department conducts research and provides education in bachelor, master and doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes. Additional information about the department can be found online:,

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Postdoctoral researcher in Fashion/Textile Futures research group.

The Department of Design, Fashion/Textile Futures research group is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to further the research in the sustainability context. The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways. A strong research focus is on sustainable fashion and textiles, but group members’ research activities and strengths also encompass material-based research, aesthetics and creativity studies, practice-based research, and strategic fashion and textile management.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct high-quality research in the context of sustainable development. The research focus and experience should be in fashion and textile design and moreover in sustainable consumer behavior in the fashion and textile fields. Especially the strong understanding of material culture and its meaning to sustainability will be valued in this position. Qualified candidates are expected to have strong research experience in the field of sustainable development and in methods related to ethnography, interviews and surveys. The position requires doctoral degree in arts or other relevant area. Strong skills in research, communication, academic writing and international collaboration are needed in this position.

The position is fixed-term and will be filled until 31st of December 2022. The starting date is preferably in January 2020 and the position is full-time. Most of the work time will be allocated for own research contributing to design discipline and furthering the understanding of sustainability in fashion and textile fields, although the researcher will also participate in teaching and writing funding applications. Salary will be determined upon the competence and experience of the chosen person following the salary system of Finnish universities.


The applications should be submitted via the Apply now button below by November 20th , 2019. The application consists of

Motivation letter (max. two pages)


Research plan (max. five pages)

Please send all your application materials in English and in PDF form.


If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Professor Kirsi Niinimäki by email: kirsi.niinimaki(at) In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Elisa Utriainen; elisa.utriainen(at)

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