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Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Department of Architecture
Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto has been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017). Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of which close to 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in the Capital Area of Finland. With 37% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing.

The Department of Architecture is the largest of the three schools of architecture in Finland. The Department has an excellent research infrastructure with high-quality ICT- technologies and exceptional possibilities for multidisciplinarity. The Department of Architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. 

 The degree programme of landscape architecture is the only one in its field in Finland. The degree programme includes three topics: 1. landscape desgin and construction, 2. landscape planning and management and 3. urban design and planning. The staff of landscape architecture consists of two professors in landscape design and construction and two professors in landscape planning and management, in addition to three lecturers. Professors mainly teach at master level and lecturers at bachelor level. For more information, please see: http://architecture.aalto.fi/en/

The Department of Architecture is now looking for a

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

The position is available at all levels of the AaltoUniversity lecturer track system: university teacher, lecturer or senior lecturer. The position is full-time and, depending on the positioning in the track, either fixed-term for 5 years or permanent. Lecturers have the possibility to advance in their career to a permanent position through a promotion review. Please see more information on the lecturer track here: https://www.aalto.fi/research-art/lecturer-career-system

Your role and goals

The position has an emphasis on Landscape Planning and Management. You will have an independent role in coordinating and organizing teaching of Landscape Planning and Management at the BA-level. The courses include following topics: the basics of landscape planning and management in urban and peri-urban contexts, landscape analysis, landscape ecology and natural factors, land use planning, forestry and field study. You also contribute to teaching planning and management courses in MA-level, related to e.g. landscape management, historical landscapes, environmental analysis and landscapes of production. You will also take part in the tutoring of students, curriculum design, development of teaching and in administrative tasks. The language of teaching at BA-level and most courses at MA-level is Finnish. Part of your work time can be allocated to your own academic activities and/or artistic work.

Your network and team

The staff at the Department of Architecture consists of leading academics and practitioners who have active research or professional careers. You will be working in a team of four professors and three lecturers in Landscape Architecture, plus hourly-paid teachers, administrative staff and other teaching and research staff of the department. Your closest collaborators are two other lecturers of landscape architecture and the head of the bachelor program, in addition to the professors of landscape planning and management. You will also collaborate with other lecturers of the department.

Your experience

The position of university teacher and lecturer require a master´s degree in Landscape Architecture and the position of senior lecturer requires a doctoral degree in Landscape Architecture.  You are expected to have a profound professional experience in the field with an emphasis on landscape planning and management. The knowledge of Finnish conditions of practising landscape architecture is obligatory. You have an enthusiastic mindset towards the field and wish to affect the future of landscape architecture profession in Finland. You are expected to have an artistic and practice-oriented approach to support your teaching and you possess good teaching skills in higher education. You have a deep interest in teaching and working with students. In addition, we appreciate candidates who have carried out pedagogical studies and show interest in pedagogy. As the courses at BA-level are taught in Finnish, the full command over the Finnish language is required.  You also need to be fluent in English and have a proficiency in Swedish language. Furthermore, you are expected to have good communication skills and team-work abilities.

What we offer

The position is located in Otaniemi, Espoo in a new campus building Väre designed for the School of ARTS. At Aalto University, you will experience an inspiring and multidiciplinary working environment in a unique combination of the fields of art and design, technology and business. Aalto provides its employees with health care benefits and versatile staff training. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of AaltoUniversity.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system no later than Friday 15 February 2019 (Finnish time is UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply now!') can be found at the bottom of the page.

To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Artistic/Professional portfolio, including 5 of your most important projects. Please deliver this in PDF format, size max 20 pages and 100 MB.
  • Teaching portfolio according to the AaltoUniversity guidelines (see below)

General instructions for applicants, including guidelines for compiling a teaching portfolio and CV, are given at https://www.aalto.fi/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track. Please submit all your application materials in English and in PDF format.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Professor Ranja Hautamäki at tel. +358 50 5232 207, or email ranja.hautamaki(at)aalto.fi. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Kira Sipilä; kira.sipila(at)aalto.fi.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, AaltoUniversity will select candidates to continue in the process. Shortlisted applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process) and invited to visit the school in April. The visit includes a teaching demonstration and an interview.

AaltoUniversity reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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