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Aalto University is seeking a  professor of the history of architecture and architectural conservation to join its team in Espoo, Finland. 

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.

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The department of architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. The school’s teaching and research activities are organised around the following themes: history and theory of architecture, building design and urban planning and design. For more information, please click here.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for the tenure track or tenured position of:

Professor in the history of architecture and architectural conservation

The open position is available at all levels of the Aalto University tenure track system: assistant, associate and full professor. The position will begin 1 August 2019 or as agreed. The professorship is full-time and, depending on the positioning on the tenure track, either a fixed-term or permanent position. For more information about the tenure track system, click here.

Job description

The history of architecture and architectural conservation are important fields in the teaching, research and doctoral education of the department of architecture. The professorship in the history of architecture and architectural conservation imparts essential knowledge for a holistic understanding of the built heritage of Nordic countries in particular and for conserving their building stock, and also plays an important role in public discussions and societal interaction on historic preservation and cultural heritage.

The tasks of the professor in the history of architecture and architectural conservation include teaching and research in the field, providing service to the department and to the university, and engaging in societal interaction. The professor, together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, hourly teachers and other academic faculty, will be responsible for the teaching and curriculum development of the field at the bachelor’s and master’s level. The professor will also act as supervisor for doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme of Arts, Design and Architecture. The duties of the professor may also include other tasks assigned by the head of the department.


Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in architecture or some other relevant field. Experience in leading research projects and supervising doctoral candidates and in architectural conservation practice are considered merits. The candidate should also have good teaching skills and experience in higher education. Completed pedagogical studies are valued.

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

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research merits and practical experience in architectural conservation projects, their teaching merits, academic leadership skills and activity in the scientific community. Aalto University reserves the right to use external reviewers to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process.

What we offer

Aalto University follows the salary systems of Finnish universities, but applicants may also present  their own salary proposals.

Aalto University provides its employees with health care benefits, an inspiring working environment and versatile staff training. The Helsinki metropolitan area is a well-functioning and safe living environment offering many excellent state-subsidised services, including affordable day care and free primary and secondary education schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world. Please click here.

How to apply

The applications for the tenure track position are to be addressed to the president of Aalto University. The application materials should include:

  • a motivation letter (one to two pages)
  • curriculum vitae
  • complete list of publications and other past research activities, with the five most significant publications in PDF format
  • a description of the applicant’s professional activities in the field
  • a teaching portfolio according to the Aalto University guidelines (see below)
  • a statement describing the applicant’s vision of research and teaching in the fields of the history of architecture and architectural conservation (max. two pages)

General instructions for applicants, including language requirements and guidelines for compiling a teaching portfolio and CV, are given here.

Please submit all your application materials in English no later than Monday, 17 December 2018 (Finnish time is UTC +2). The link to the application form and more information on the position is available here.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select the candidates to continue in the process. Shortlisted applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process) and invited to visit the school.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

  • Applications have closed.