Doctoral Candidate in Service Design

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

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 six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our 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.

Department of Design is an academic community of approximately 850 students, 70 doctoral students and 70 faculty members. The department conducts research and provides education in bachelor, master and doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes. Additional information about the department can be found online: ,

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications of a


We are looking for a doctoral candidate to work at Aalto ARTS (Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture), Department of Design, in a service design and research project KOHO outlining solutions for life-long learning and focused employment services in collaboration with the city of Espoo.

Espoo is the fastest-growing city in Finland. A city of more than 285,000 people, Espoo is home to more than 680 international companies and 48,000 foreign-language speakers (17% in 2019). E.g. Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, international companies like Kone, Fortum, Neste Oil and Rovio have their headquarters in Espoo. A total of 5,000 researchers, 25 research and development organizations and a large number of Finnish listed companies operate in the area. People of 100 different nationalities working in the area make it a community of strong international character.

The suitable candidate has master level degree in design or other applicable field, competences in collaborative design and service design and good collaboration skills. English language skills are necessary and Finnish/Swedish assets.

The position is fixed-term and will be filled for 12 months with possibility of extension. The position is open for students already selected to the programme as well as new doctoral candidates.

The monthly salary will be according to the Aalto salary system, depending on the candidate's expertise and tasks, from 2.360€ upwards. Starting date is as soon as possible in the beginning of 2020.

How to apply
The applications for the positions are to be submitted through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than 1600h on 13.1.2020.

The application for the position should contain:

• Motivation letter

• Short CV

Please submit the material in PDF-format through the Saima eRecruitment system by 1600h on 13.1.2020 (Finnish time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page. Name all your documents according to for example Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf. All application material should be in English.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For more information
For further enquiries please contact Professor Turkka Keinonen, email: turkka.keinonen(at)

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