Lecturer in Digital Design Methods Aalto University, Department of Film, Television and Scenography Finland

Lecturer in Digital Design Methods



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 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), thinking outside the box on research collaboration, funding and innovation. 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


At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.


The 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. 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 in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.


The Department of Film, Television and Scenography is looking for a


Lecturer in Digital Design Methods

The position will be filled on a fixed term (5 years) or permanent basis at the (University) Lecturer or Senior University Lecturer level on the Aalto University lecturer track depending on the competence and merits of the applicant. The position will begin latest in August 2019.


Your role and goals

You will be developing the field of digital design methods at the department of Film, Television and Scenography. This field includes various computer-assisted design methods such as digital sketching and 3D modeling, as well as different forms of virtual scenography, visual effects (VFX/CGI) and digital visualization and presentation techniques. The interest in new emerging formats and technologies such as VR/AR is considered an  asset. You will teach in the BA / MA Programmes in the Department, guide and assess student assignments and thesis works and take part in the student selections when needed. In addition, you will participate in the research and artistic activities. Depending on your strengths and specialization areas, you will work partly as a course teacher and partly as a coordinator of the courses. A large part of the education is organized jointly with other disciplines in small groups in the form of lectures, courses, practical exercises, workshops and productions. We also invite visiting professionals to share their knowledge on contemporary topics. We emphasise the well-being of the students along with efficiency of studies.  


We enable your own artistic career and a portion of the work time will be allocated to your own artistic and/or academic activities. We are also willing to provide you with the opportunity to take some unpaid artistic leave, in order to keep up your professional career outside of Aalto.


Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography (ELO Film School Finland) consists of two degree programmes. The film school was founded in 1959, and it is one of the oldest film schools in Europe and globally. The Degree Programme in Film and Television offers education in seven areas of specialization: Directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary filmmaking. The Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television offers three areas of specialization: Production Design, Design for Performing Arts and Costume Design.


In addition, the Department offers education in history of film and courses in research skills. The Department endorses practice-based research with questions emerging from experiences in artistic and production work. The research activities aim at producing new theoretical and practical knowledge, insights and approaches to filmmaking and scenography. The Department collaborates closely with the University of the Arts, Helsinki and with other national and international higher education institutions specialized in arts. Aalto Studios offer an excellent infrastructure for audiovisual education and research. New Aalto Studios building will be opened in the near future.


Your experience and ambitions

Master’s Degree and experience in using digital methods in film, TV, performing arts or new media are a requirement. Knowledge of the digital tools and workflows as well as the visual designer's work processes are required. We expect you to have good artistic merits and strong pedagogical skills. Additionally you should have excellent interpersonal skills, a vision about the future of the field and a strong interest in developing it in collaboration with other teachers  in the department. Fluent English is needed. International networks, Finnish language skills and interest in research are considered as an asset. You should be able to guide students according to their personal artistic orientation. You must have skills and desire for open and active interaction with students.


Finnish Society 

We are humble people, but dare to say we have the best education system in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are deeply rooted in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in press freedom and consider the many voices in our society a strength. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship. Gender equality, flexibility and low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. Having four seasons, clean air and thousands of lakes, we are nature-loving people who take good care of our unique environment.


What we offer

The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The position is located in Otaniemi, Espoo in a new campus building made and designed for the School of ARTS. Aalto University provides its employees with health care benefits, an inspiring working environment and versatile staff training.


Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by the 28th of January 2019.  

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can contact Chair of the Departmental recruitment committee Anna Heiskanen, email anna.heiskanen(at)aalto.fi. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katju Helminen, katju.helminen(at)aalto.fi.


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

  • Motivation letter (max 2 pages) - Personal motivation for the position and your vision on teaching and development of digital design methods

  • Curriculum vitae

  • CV of artistic merits - Please highlight five most relevant works for this position and describe in 1-2 sentences why you have chosen these works.


All material must be in English. The Departmental Committee carrying out the recruitment process will request short-listed candidates to submit additional material.


The most qualified applications will then be submitted for review by external experts, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to visit the School of Arts, Design and Architecture on the 16th of April 2019.


Please note that Aalto University does not accept recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process. The application material will not be returned. 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.


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