Postdoctoral Researcher In Landscape Architecture Or Related Fields Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher in Landscape Architecture or related fields


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.


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.


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


Postdoctoral Researcher in Landscape Architecture or related fields


For a 2-year period starting in October 2017 or as agreed.


The position is available at the Department of Architecture on the Otaniemi Campus. The Department of Architecture at the Aalto University is the oldest and largest of the three schools of architecture in Finland. The position is connected to a newly-established professorship of Landscape Architecture. The degree programme of landscape architecture in Aalto is the only academic institute in the field. Landscape architecture is an internationally important discipline and a growing profession in Finland; its scope has recently diversified and increased significantly. The degree programme of Landscape Architecture has three professorships and two lecturers, in addition to research staff. The degree programme is currently divided into three study areas: 1) landscape design, 2) landscape planning, and 3) urban design and planning (shared with the degree programme of Architecture). The programme promotes multidisciplinary interactions with other disciplines like Architecture, Urban Studies and Environmental Studies. During the last decade, the department has strengthened its research activity to meet the future challenges of planning. The research in landscape architecture is interdisciplinary and the researchers have been studying e.g. ecosystem services, green infrastructures, historical landscapes and preservation.


 Main duties and responsibilities


The task of postdoctoral researcher is to support and strengthen research at the Department of Architecture. The postdoctoral researcher’s main duties include publishing research results, collaborating with the professor and other research staff of the department, participating in the preparation of funding applications (grant writing) and developing new research projects. The duties also include supporting teaching and administrative duties of the professorship.


Key selection criteria


A successfully gained Doctoral Degree in a relevant research field is required. Applicants’ research potential and merits, in addition to grant writing abilities and excellent writing skills in English will be given particular emphasis during the selection process. The applicant is expected to have research experience in at least one of the following topics or themes related to them:


1)     Socio-cultural and historical dimensions of the landscape

2)     Urban green typologies and strategies in urban densification

3)     Urban green and open space governance including participatory planning

4)     Historic garden and landscape preservation and restoration




The salary is determined based on the experience and qualifications of the applicant, according to the salary system of Aalto University.


How to apply


The applications for the position are submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply for this job' at the bottom of this page) no later than on August 22nd, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +2).


The application for the position should contain (in pdf format, size max 20 MB each):

  • Motivation letter, including a vision of research related to at least one of the topics in the application announcement (max. 2 pages)

  • CV

  • Summary of grant writing experience (1-2 pages) and an attached example of a funding application to demonstrate the skills of successful grant writing

  • List of publications

  • Three most relevant publications preferably in one PDF file

  • Certificate of the Doctoral Degree


All materials should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned.


The evaluation is based on a total assessment of the candidate in the following dimensions: 1. research potential and merits with a focus on one or more of the topics mentioned in this application announcement, 2) grant writing and networking abilities, including excellent writing skills in English. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype in September and they may be asked for supplementary materials.


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.


For more information


For additional information, please contact Professor Ranja Hautamaki, 
or in recruitment process related questions HR-coordinator Kira Sipila,


In Espoo, June 2017

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