Professor of Practice in Service Design

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.

The Department of Design invites applications for:
Professor of Practice in Service Design

The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 3-year term with the title of Professor of Practice. The position is intended to be full-time, but part-time contract can also be considered. The position will commence on the October 1st 2017, or as agreed.

Job description
Service design is a fast growing sector in design. The transition towards human-centred digital services in public and private sector is significant for national and global wellbeing and competiveness. Human-centred and collaborative design is a key research area in the Department of Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture with consistent international visibility and recognition. Digital society and design competence are also in the core of Aalto strategy. In order to strengthen this competence in the rapidly evolving digital service design Aalto ARTS has opened a call to find a Professor of Practice in Service Design.

The university is looking for a person who excels in the field of service design. Professor of Practice in Service Design has a vision how to update design to meet the complex demands of today and the future. The professor elevates and redefines the field of human-centred digital service design by developing teaching and professional activities and establishing collaborations between university, public and private as well as design practice. The professor broadens the active collaboration with stakeholders within Aalto University.

Professor of Practice position is subject to external evaluation. A successful applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree or comparable artistic qualifications, significant record of achievements in the field of service design, strong experience in digital service design practices and leadership experience in the field of design. The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas:

  • merits and achievements in design practice, artistic production and/or research publications,
  • teaching experience and achievements,
  • cross-disciplinary collaborative and leadership skills, and
  • activity in the design and/or academic community.

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

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae, max 5 pages, including a list of publications
  3. Portfolio including 5 most significant design projects or publications in a PDF form (max. file size 100 MB)
  4. Statement describing the applicant´s vision of service design field and teaching (max 2 pages)

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

Please submit your application through the eRecruitment system no later than on May 15th2017 (Finnish time UTC +2). For further instructions, please see

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

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