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Workshop Master for the Glass Workshop

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Workshop Master for the Glass Workshop

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. With 37% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing.

 Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. Aalto University has been ranked the 7th best in Art & Design education (QS ranking 2019). We produce world-class research in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus is in Espoo makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.

We are now seeking for a Workshop Master for the Glass Workshop, at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. This is a permanent employment with a start date in August 2020. The salary is determined according to the salary system for Finnish universities. It ranges between 2300 and 3000 euro/month depending on the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

 Your Role and Goals

You will be working for the technical service for education and research at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Your responsibility will be the Glass Workshop as a hands-on-learning environment.The Glass Workshop facilities include areas for hot glass making, cold glass working, kiln forming. Supporting facilities include e.g. 3D printing and mould making using plaster or NC tooling for wood and metal. Your role as a Workshop Master includes the following main tasks and responsibilities:

Maintenance and development

Ensuring functioning of the workshop as a learning and research environment.

  • Organising, servicing and maintenance of machinery, tools and equipment
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Storage management (materials and student work)
  • Purchasing of materials and tools
  • Annual planning and budgeting of the operations
  • Planning of new investments and carrying out procurement
  • Active foresight and understanding the ongoing changes and developments in the field. 

Guiding, instructing and supporting users

  • Providing users of the workshop with guidance and support related to the use of the tools and materials.
  • Supporting students in learning about concepts and techniques of design and 3d/4d artistic practices.
  • Planning and delivery of regular group inductions for users of the workshop.
  • Supervision of trainees and workshop assistants
  • Collaboration with teachers and study coordinators in scheduling and course design. 

Managing health and safety

  • Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for students and other users of the workshop.
  • Guiding users of the workshop into safe working practices
  • Active advisory on the use of protective gear
  • Preparing for accidents

Planning and delivery of regular group inductions for workshop users requires understanding of principles of pedagogy and instructional design. The communication and relationship with supervisors, teachers, students and colleagues need to be clear, honest and professional to ensure that the daily services are pleasant and contributing to the demanded tasks and work atmosphere. Good knowledge of English is beneficial for cooperating with international students and faculty.

Individual workshop users come from a wide variety of backgrounds with varied needs. Matching their expectations with those of user groups from BA and MA courses is a demanding task that calls for flexibility and ability to quickly adapt to changing situations.

We expect all our community members to respect Aalto University’s values and to follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and to exhibit the behavior that we expect from each other. The Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members and it clarifies the values that guide us.

Your network and team

With us you can work among an inspiring community of students, researchers, artists and other professionals in an environment where every workday is new and different. ARTS Infra is responsible for technical services related to teaching, research and artistic activities. ARTS Infra workshops are multifaceted learning-by-doing environments where students learn about materials, techniques and processes and develop their powers of artistic expression.

While the work is typically performed independently, you have your professional team available as support. Your team leader and supervisor will be Solid Materials’ Team Leader Janne Hirvonen. Your colleagues work in a variety of specialist fields, from metalworking to photography and 3D printing to weaving, and so you will have opportunities to develop your own competencies. More information on the multifaceted learning-by-doing environments maintained by ARTS infra (

Your experience and ambitions

Success in the position requires a degree in arts, design or crafts from a university of applied science or from a higher education institution. Work experience in similar duties is a plus. In your work, you will need extensive knowledge and command of the methods, techniques, materials and equipment related to working with glass. We value applicants who possess IT skills and a knowledge of special software used in the area as well as 3D modelling programs.

A major duty of the Workshop Master is to advise, guide and instruct students and staff in the use of the shop. Therefore, we value excellent people skills, initiative and problem-solving skills. Prior experience in instructing students is considered a plus. You will need fluency in spoken English. Written language skills are required either in Finnish or English.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our e-recruitment system no later than Monday 9th March, 2020.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Studio Manager Janne Hirvonen ([email protected] or +358 50 465 4319). In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Eeva Lyytikäinen ([email protected] or +358 50 5552085).

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:

  • Motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position unfilled, extend the application period or include individuals who did not submit an application during the application period.

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