Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Art and Culture History

Страна: Финляндия;

Город: Aalto

Добавлена: 15.06.2015

Работодатель: Aalto University

Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Для кого: For researchers;


Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 370 professors.

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

The Department of Art is looking for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in the field of Art and Culture History

for a 2-year-period, from 1. September 2015, or negotiable.

Main tasks and requirements

The Department of Art in Aalto University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher whose research interests focus on the history of material culture, design, decorative arts, fashion and textiles. The purpose of the postdoctoral researcher is to support and strengthen research in Art and Culture History and related fields at the Department of Art. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include

  • Preparing research, and developing, implementing, and leading projects under the leadership of the Professor of History of Art and Culture
  • Participating in teaching and MA supervision in the areas of art and culture history, visual culture, material culture and design history
  • Participating in the development and administration work of the department

The postdoctoral researcher will work with the Professor of History of Art and Culture to develop cross-disciplinary research in the field of early modern history. Specific research themes may focus on areas such as dress, fashion, textiles, interiors, design, consumption, production, or global trade. It is expected that the postdoctoral researcher will create new transdisciplinary and transnational projects and events, working in collaboration with both universities and museums. The postdoctoral researcher will also be expected to pursue their own line of research and publications in related areas.


A successful candidate should have

  • Excellent skills in English language
  • Earned Doctorate in art or culture history, or related fields (by the start of the postdoc position)
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research in early modern history
  • Research and leadership skills

To apply for the position, please submit your application containing

  1. Cover letter
  2. Your CV
  3. List of publications
  4. Sample of research or publication
  5. 2-page research plan for the postdoctoral researcher period

Please submit all the material in English through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply for this job’) below, by July 31st 2015. The application materials will not be returned.

Salary and place of work

The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. For the postdoctoral researcher, the expected starting salary is around 3500 €/month. The position is located in Helsinki metropolitan area.

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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