Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Aug 2021

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 e.g. 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 Architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. The Department’s teaching and research activities are organised around the main fields of architecture, landscape and urbanism. For more information, please see: http://architecture.aalto.fi/en/

The Department of Architecture announces a ‘Lecturer Position in the field of Urban Studies and Planning’:

Urbanisation is a global phenomenon with direct impact on the future of our societies. Most of the key challenges of contemporary societies are encountered and addressed in cities. Cities provide enormous economic, technical and cultural opportunities, but they are also places of social conflicts and segregation as well as environmental and health problems. The magnitude of such challenges implies that no single field of research or profession can tackle them alone. Urban development requires an integrated approach. To this end, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, have joined forces and founded 2017-18 the unique and interdisciplinary Urban Studies and Planning (USP) master’s programme. The USP programme offers different degrees from two universities – from Aalto University, Master of Science (architecture), and Master of Science (technology), and from  University of Helsinki, Master of Science (nat. sci., environ. sci.), Master of Arts (humanities) and Master of Social Sciences - that ensure sufficient expertise to work in established and emerging expert roles in urban development in the public and private sectors, in Finland and internationally.

Your role and goals

Aalto University is pleased to invite applications for a lecturer position in the field of Urban Studies and Planning (assigned to the USP Programme).

The lecturer will be appointed to the Department of Architecture, at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. This is a full-time appointment which includes a teaching, coordination, administration and research component. The successful candidate will be expected to spend a comparable amount of time on the development of the USP degree programme and to participate in the planning, development and practical arrangements of the degree programme's teaching, together with the student services planner and the University of Helsinki's teacher coordinator.

The teaching tasks include e.g., the preparation of lectures and studio teaching formats, lecturing and contact teaching of studio courses coordinated by Aalto University, as well as facilitating co-teaching between Aalto University and Helsinki University. The candidate’s duties may also include supervising, advising and evaluation of master thesis, as well as the participation in the administrative tasks of the degree programme and/ or the department, like the USP admission process. In addition, the lecturer plays an active role in the publication and communication of the programme.

The position will be filled according to the Aalto University Lecturer track (university teacher, lecturer/university lecturer, senior university lecturer). The position is to be filled for a fixed term of 5 years, or as a permanent position, depending on the level of the lectureship. The position is available immediately after the end of the recruitment process. More information on the Aalto University Lecturer Track: https://www.aalto.fi/en/teaching-and-learning/lecturer-career-system

Your experience and ambitions


  • The candidate holds a Master´s Degree  in the field of Architecture, Urban Planning or equivalent. A PhD in the above-mentioned fields is of advantage;

  • The candidate has experience and interest in interdisciplinary teaching and a proven record in research;

  • The candidate is an excellent communicator and enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team. The candidate is expected to have an active and proactive attitude and enthusiasm to participate in the further development of the programme;

  • The candidate demonstrates experience in collaboration across disciplines and areas of practice, such as urban planning and design, landscape architecture, real estate economics, environmental sciences, spatial modelling, urban geography, urban sociology or others;

  • The candidate demonstrates the ability to communicate complex information in a multidisciplinary environment. Proficiency in using digital communication tools, open-source mapping platforms, time-based media and GIS is a merit;

  • The candidate has very good command in English. Finnish language skills are considered as an advantage, but not a requirement;

  • The candidate is experienced in relevant research methods related to the field of Urban Studies and Planning;

  • Professional experience in the area of Urban Studies and Planning is a merit;

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application materials through Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than 13 August, 2021 (Finnish time UTC +2). The applicants are required to submit the following material:

All application materials are to be submitted in pdf format and in English. Please ensure filenames include your name. The Departmental Committee carrying out the recruitment process reserves the right to request the applicants to submit additional material if needed.

We do not accept non-electronic application documents.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position vacant, to extend the application period or to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Application Process

The department team will select from among the applicants those who are invited to visit the Department of Architecture and possibly give a teaching demonstration in Aalto ARTS in September 2021. The Departmental Committee and the School´s teaching competence assessment committee will also interview the short-listed applicants. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of teaching competence, artistic-professional and/or research merits, collaborative skills and art or research community activities.

More information

For further information on the available position, please contact Professor Pia Fricker by e-mail pia.fricker(at)aalto.fi / +358 50 3087105. Questions concerning the recruitment process please contact HR Specialist Satu Pöyhönen by satu.poyhonen(at)aalto.fi

in Finnish / Suomeksi
Haemme lehtoria arkkitehtuurin laitoksen USP-ohjelmaan. Tarkempi kuvaus tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet yllä englanniksi.

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