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Visiting Researcher in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (unfunded position)

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.


(unfunded position, researcher shall organise funding by him/herself)

Fruitful interaction between science, art, design and architecture makes research carried out at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture highly versatile. The topics of research relate to the fields of art, design, media and architecture with sustainable development as an all-encompassing theme.


Department of Architecture
Department of Art
Department of Design
Department of Film
Department of Media

General information

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers a Visiting Researcher in ARTS positions for postdoctoral Researchers and Doctoral Candidates. Please note that master level students are not accepted. The position is UNFUNDED and open to Researchers from all countries. Visiting Reseracher should have preferably secured funding for the duration of the visit before applying for this position. Visiting Researcher in ARTS is for a full semester position or a full academic year. The applicant may indicate a particular time period of the visit and the starting date of the visit.

Academic calendar

Autumn term 1.8. – 31.12.

Spring term 1.1. – 31.7.

Summer break (summer schools/classes) in June-August

Christmas break mid December – mid January

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The Visiting Researcher in ARTS will be provided working space, IT services, access to the library services, opportunity to participate in the Department’s and School of Arts, Design and Architecture's events, and interact with staff and other Researchers within the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Additionally s/he will be part of a larger research community of Aalto University. The school will help to arrange housing for the Visiting Researcher in ARTS.

Visiting Researcher in ARTS is expected to undertake research and publication in collaboration with Department's personnel and independent research. S/he is expected to prepare a lecture about the research topic within two weeks of arrival and may be asked to contribute to the teaching of the Department. Visiting Researcher is also expected to participate in departmental meetings. The Visiting Researcher will have to sign an Academic Visitor contract with the School of Arts, Design and Architecture immediately after arrival in Finland.

The applicants are expected to start within a year from the application time. Please indicate the period of your stay in the application form and the starting date of your visit.

How to apply

Before applying for this position please get in contact with the professor whose research is related to your plans within the specific department. Please name the professor with whom you have been in contact with.Links to departments can be found here:

The applications for the Visiting Researcher/Scholar in ARTS position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply').

(If you are already working at Aalto or have a visitor profile, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.)

The application for the position should contain (in pdf format):

  •     CV
  •     Plan for research and activities at Aalto University
  •     List of publications

All material should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned. By filling in the application you declare that the information provided is complete, true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

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The decision will be announced within approximately two months via email to the applicant.

Further information about the application procedure of Visiting Researcher in ARTS, please contact: [email protected]

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