Professor in Design Leadership

Aalto University - Department of Design

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.

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 is found online:

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design has decided to extend the application period of the

Professor in Design Leadership 

The position can be filled in Assistant / Associate / Full Professor level of the Aalto University Tenure track system. 

Job description
Design leadership is a cross-disciplinary competence area covering design practice, brand and business management, innovation, creative leadership, design entrepreneurship and design strategy. 

In addition to teaching, the professor develops and leads multi- and interdisciplinary research across the departments and schools of Aalto University in close connection with external stakeholders. 

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their merits in research, teaching, academic leadership, and practice in design leadership. 

The applicant is expected to have:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field
  • Research agenda that complements and expands the core areas of the department
  • Teaching competence
  • Experience in collaboration with design leadership practice
  • International networks within the field of professorship

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

  1. Application letter addressed to the President of Aalto University
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including contact information
  3. List of publications
  4. 5 most significant publications in PDF format
  5. Design leadership portfolio including 5 most significant projects in a single PDF file, size limited to 100 MB
  6. Statement describing the applicant´s vision of research and teaching (max 2 pages)

All application materials should be submitted in English. Aalto University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process. 

Please submit your application through the eRecruitment system no later than February 15th, 2017. For further instructions, please see

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:

For additional information please contact Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Turkka Keinonen ( In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR-coordinator Johanna Glader, or tel. +358 50 524 0728. 

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.

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