PhD in industrial design with focus on emerging practices and gender studies in Umea. 

We are searching for a PhD student in industrial design with focus on emerging practices and gender studies, to join us at the Umeå Institute of Design. This is a joint PhD position with Umeå Centre for Gender Studies that is time-limited; 4 years full time, in practice 5 years since it includes 20% teaching. Last day to apply is 2019-03-04.

Open positions at Estonian Academy of Arts

Elections of Academic Staff for the Estonian Academy of Arts


Professor of Urban Studies, Head of Curriculum (Employment start date is 1thAugust 2019, full-time 1,0)

Associate Professor of Digital Product Design/Interaction Design (Employment start date is 26thAugust 2019, full-time 1,0)

Professor of Scenography, Head of Department and Curriculum (Employment start date is 26thAugust 2019, full-time 1,0)

Professor of New Media, Head of Chair (Employment start date is 1thSeptember 2019, part-time 0,75)

Application materials shall be submitted not later than on March 8, 2019 at 16:00 to the Personnel Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts (room D207, Põhja pst 7, 10412 Tallinn) or in digitally signed format to the e-mail address with the title „Competition“.

Further information of the requirements set to applicants and the competition as well as CV form is available at the web page of the Estonian Academy of Arts by e-mail or by phone +372 626 7306

Open post in HDK. More here!

OPEN POSITIONSHead of Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts

Employment type: Temporary employment, five years
Extent: 100 %
Placing: Akademin Valand, Gothenburg
Last date for applications: 07-03-2019
Start: Soonest possible

In January 2020, Valand Academy and the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) at the University of Gothenburg will merge to form a completely new Department of Fine Arts and Design. We are now seeking a visionary Head of Unit to lead the new Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts and develop cooperation between the two subject areas.

Open post at AHO. More here!



AHO has two open positions. Please see the following links for more:



Positions available in Umea

Umeå Institute of Design is now looking for one or two Senior Lecturers on artistic foundation in design, with specialization towards user-centered design. The employments are  part-time substitute positions  (can be extended from 25% to 50 %), for the period of January to June, 2018 (starting date upon agreement). The last day to apply is  2017-12-31.

Description of position

The employment as substitute Senior Lecturer includes teaching and tutoring within basic and advanced level education: single subject courses, the Bachelor Programme in Industrial Design, the Master Programme in Interaction Design and the one-year course Industrial Design Intensive. You will be responsible for planning and teaching in collaboration with programme directors, teachers and other staff. The employment includes administration, planning, documentation and development relating to your own teaching, as well as departmental work. Subject development within industrial design – artistic, professional and educational – is a part of the employment, as well as contributing to the development of Umeå Institute of Design.

Competence requirements

To qualify for an appointment as a senior lecturer on an artistic foundation, according to chapter 4, §4 Higher Education Ordinance Act, you must:

  • have demonstrated teaching expertise
  • been awarded a doctorate in fine, applied or performing arts
  • have demonstrated artistic expertise or have some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve.

We are looking for a candidate with a thorough experience in the industrial design profession, with established practice in user-centered design specialized towards industrial design, interaction design and/or service design.  In your profession, you are specialized towards collaborative processes, and your work cuts across design practice/profession, artistic practices and design education.

You have experience in design education, with a university degree in design, pedagogical training within higher education or equivalent knowledge, and you demonstrate an ability to plan and teach within higher education. You have documented experience of different kinds of teaching, for example studio-based teaching within the area of user-centered industrial design. Experience in teaching and tutoring, as well as ability to support learning in higher education, is a requirement. You have a good ability to reflect on design education – teaching as well as learning – in relation to developments within the area of design, and in relation to a societal context.

Other requirements:

  • Documented ability to lead collaborative processes in practice, and an excellent ability to independently organize, lead, drive, implement and follow up projects
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Experience of artistic development work in relation to contemporary design practices, good ability to reflect over the relationship between these and over changes and development within the area of design, is a merit.

The following is also considered a merit:

  • A PhD within the field of design
  • Knowledge in Swedish and/or other Scandinavian language

How to apply

You apply through Umeå University’s webpage (type ‘design’ in the search field and you will find the ad).  Last day to apply is 2017-12-31.

Applications must include:

  • CV
  • A personal letter describing yourself and the reasons for applying for this position
  • References (names and contact details)
  • Design portfolio
  • A short statement of work within user centered design practices of importance for the employment -Description of, and critical reflection on, educational activities. This should be done in accordance with the template for teaching portfolio. See instructions in appendix 4, Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University.
  • List of (possible) publications and exhibitions, with copies of, or links to a maximum of 5 publications
  • Description of the ability to independently organize, drive, implement and follow up projects, and the ability to lead collaborative processes

In our work of achieving diversity, we are focusing especially on increasing the number of employees with a foreign background and we strive to achieve a balance between women and men in all occupational categories. We therefore look forward to women, and with another background than Swedish, to apply for the employment.


Professor of Practice in Foundation and General Studies

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and design. 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 4 700 employees, more than 400 of which are professors. Our schools rank among the top universities in the world. The University 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.
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for
the following position:


The position is fixed-term for three years. The starting date is January 1, 2018, or appropriate.

Job description

The professor will work in the creative and internationally recognized environment of Aalto University’s School of ARTS. The position serves the Center for General Studies (YoYo), at the Department of Art ( which is known for nationally and internationally recognized high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities and research. YoYo currently provides compulsory arts courses for all ARTS bachelor students, as well as elective courses in contemporary and visual art, and art theory and history for all Aalto ARTS students (doctor, master and bachelor).

Although the Professor of Foundation and General Studies is situated in the Department of Art s/he will work with all five departments in ARTS, including the Departments of Design, Architecture, Media, and Film, Television, and Scenography. The professor will provide leadership to direct, oversee, review, develop, and implement compulsory/foundational arts studies and general studies for Aalto ARTS. The professor will work directly with all stakeholders, including students, faculty, and ARTS and Aalto University leadership to develop and improve planning, communication, and outreach.

The professor will also provide vision for the future as well as pragmatic management of Foundation and General Studies. The vision includes the future of foundations and compulsory courses for all ARTS students, and its connection to Aalto University’s strategy,

University-Wide Art Studies (, and other Aalto-wide studies and initiatives. The management includes the day-to-day running of the studies, including curricular planning, study programming, space management, fiscal and employee matters, and communication outreach. The professor would work with different groups to address the question of what constitutes foundational and general studies for all ARTS students, now and in the future, and how it is best provided in relation to the wider university and society.

What we expect from you

The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of foundation and general art studies in higher education. The applicants will be reviewed based on their academic leadership, artistic work and research, teaching, and activity overseeing or managing foundation or similar studies. The professor shall have capability to work broadly with the all ARTS fields and disciplines, and competence areas within those fields.

The applicant is expected to have:

· Experience with foundation or general art studies, or similar programs or units within a higher education context (university or college)

· Cutting-edge agenda regarding arts and related practices for students

· An artistic practice

· Teaching experience

· Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration, especially in higher education

· A terminal degree in a relevant field (doctoral degree, MFA, MA or equivalent)

· Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (familiarity with Finnish and/or Swedish language may be beneficial).

Salary and benefits

Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits. Finland is a great and safe context for family, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the applicants are required to submit the following material:

1. Motivation letter including a statement of past, current, and future artistic practice and/or research related to foundation and general arts studies (max. 3 pages, max 100 MB)
2. Curriculum Vitae – Example of CV (pdf) (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)
3. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio (max 100 MB)
4. A research statement describing their past research and plans for future research and/or similar for artistic activities (max 1 page max 10 MB)
5. Teaching portfolio – Outline for compiling your teaching portfolio, Comprehensive assessment of teaching competence (see link below for size and scope requirements)
6. The names and contact information of two to four references For a full list of materials required for the application (criteria 2-4 above) please see .

All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files and are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto ARTS. The application material will not be returned.

Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later
than September 15, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +3 during daylight saving time). The link to
the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found in the job advertisement on the

Aalto University web site (
Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis.

This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed
based on information available on public databases. From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts during the second phase of the application process.

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and
guidelines for compiling CV are given at:

Additional information
For additional information please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee,
Professor Kevin Tavin, email In recruitment process related
questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Anu Roine, email
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend
the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. In Helsinki June 26th, 2017


Job Open:
Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design in Finland

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

The Department of Media is an academic community of approximately 500 students and 50 faculty members created through a restructuring of the School in January 2010. The department has 9 Professors and 11 lecturers. The department conducts research and provides education in bachelor, masters and doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes. Since 2010 the study programmes and research of the department have been organized within three units: The Media Lab (New Media), Visual Communication Design and Photography. The current majors in Visual Communication Design are Information Design and Visual Narrative.

The Department of Media invites tenure track applications for:

Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design
The position will begin during the academic year 2017-18.

Job description

The role of graphic designers has swiftly changed from producing static visual representations to collaborating in dynamic, interactive and iterative projects. Contemporary visual designers need visual and artistic sensibility, but also awareness of, and skills in, digital production methods, as well as openness to multidisciplinary approaches.

The Department of Media is looking for an assistant professor with a strong professional design portfolio in graphic/communication design and experience of teaching in university-level education.

The new professor has a broad understanding of the value of design today in society and in culture, as well as in business and entrepreneurship and is capable of working in a multidisciplinary manner. He/She is familiar with contemporary design discourse and fosters critical thinking. The new professor has a vision for leading the study programs in Visual Communication Design within the Department of Media. The main focus of the professor will be in the MA program in Visual Communication Design and the emphasis will be on the major area of studies in Visual Narrative. (The other major offered in the degree program is in the field of Information Design.)

In general, the Department of Media offers a dynamic academic art & design-based community with rich potential and resources for higher education and research within the broad field of Visual Communication Design. The person chosen for this position is expected to lead the future development of MA/BA studies in Visual Communication Design.



Two open positions Umeå Institute of Design
Deadlines September 1 and September 15.


Vacancy at AHO, Associate Professor Design Theory 50 %
deadline 31.07.2016

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