Professor in Curating and Mediating Art Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland

Professor in Curating and Mediating Art


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and design. 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 4 700 employees, more than 400 of which are professors. Our vision is to rank among the top universities in the world. The University 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 community, urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills.


The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for a tenure track or tenured professor position in:


Curating and Mediating Art


Job description

The professor will work in the creative and internationally recognized environment of Aalto University’s School of ARTS. The position is situated in the Department of Art, known for nationally and internationally recognized high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities and scholarship as well as research. The department has three study programs that are taught by leading scholars and practioners in their field. The programs focus on art education, Nordic visual studies and art education, visual cultures, curating and contemporary art. The department conducts groundbreaking research in its fields and gives its students expertise in artistic practices and critical skills in mediating, representing, discussing and critiquing art and other forms of visual culture.


The Professor of Curating and Mediating Art will contribute to the Department and the field of curating through their deep knowledge, expertise and experience in curating and mediating contemporary art within various art institutions and the broader public sphere. The professor will work with students, faculty, and other stakeholders to understand and challenge formations, movements and international discourses of contemporary art and curating, and the cultural fields and networked world in which they exist.  The Professor will engage students through curatorial, theoretical and educational situations and events, where the multifaceted aspects of the art world are entangled. This includes the interconnectedness of cultural relations, organizational practices, and curatorial tasks such as collecting, showing, researching, and other methods to produce, install, curate and mediate exhibition content.


The professor will contribute to teaching in the Department of Art, both at the doctoral and MA levels, and supervise and advise doctoral and MA students with their dissertations and theses. In addition, the professor is expected to engage and provide leadership within the larger university context.


The position may be filled on any level of Tenure Track system (Assistant / Associate / Full Professor) and will begin during the academic year 2018 as agreed.


What we expect from you

The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of curating art. The applicants will be reviewed based on their research and/or artistic work, teaching and academic leadership as well as activity in scientific and artistic community. The professor shall have capability to work broadly within the related disciplines and competence areas in the field.


The applicant is expected to have:

  • A cutting-edge research agenda and significant experience in the field

  • Teaching experience

  • Experience in curating practice

  • Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration

  • International networks within the field of curating

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English


Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.


Tenure track in Aalto University

The position will be placed on the Aalto University Tenure Track. Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.  For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see


Aalto University follows the salary scale in use at Aalto University, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.


How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the applicants are required to submit the following material:

  • Motivation letter including a statement of current and future research interests (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)

  • Curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)

  • Complete list of publications & activity in the field (max 20 MB)

  • Summary of teaching experience (max 2 pages, max 20 MB)


All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files and are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University. Aalto University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process. The application material will not be returned.


Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than on September 4th, 2017(Finnish time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.


Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis. This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed based on information available on public databases.


From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process).


General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at:

Additional information

For additional information, please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Kevin Tavin, email In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR specialist Anna Hynynen,


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.


In Helsinki June 27th, 2017

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