Professor of Practice in Documentary Film
Aalto University

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. ELO Film School Finland, founded in 1959, is one of the eldest film schools in Europe and in the world.

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography invites applications for:


The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term with the title of Professor of Practice. The position will commence in autumn 2018.


Job description

Professor of Practice in Documentary Film is a critical thinker and an active developer of the field of creative documentary film. The purpose is to educate students to become highly qualifieddocumentary filmmakers. The emphasis in this post is on teaching. Professor of Practice in Documentary Film will be in charge of the major of documentary film and participate in developingthe department. S/he is expected to participate in cross-disciplinary co-operation within Aalto University and actively develop collaboration with other national and international partners.

The selected person is also encouraged to maintain an active professional career as a documentary film director. S/he is encouraged to take periodic, uncompensated leaves of absence to pursue her/his artistic work.



Professor of Practice position is subject to external evaluation. The applicant is expected to have significant artistic qualifications and wide practical experience in the field. Experience in teaching and educational development is an advantage. In addition, the applicant is expected to have a strong and well-articulated vision regarding the field and how it should be developed.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: artistic merits, teaching, co-operative skills, and activity and leadership in artistic or academic community. Research and publication activity is considered to be an asset, but it is not required.

Furthermore, a commitment to develop the field through research/artistic and professional work and teaching activities is required.

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Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities,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:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information, max 3 pages)
  • Filmography (including list of festivals, distribution, awards etc., and with the most significant productions highlighted)
  • Summary of teaching experience and teaching philosophy (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted, max 3 pages)
  • A description of your insight about the present situation and the future development of creative documentary film (max 2 pages)

The application deadline is 23 April 2018. For more information and application instructions please see:

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