Job: Post-doc in experimental interfaces and interaction design at Media Lab Helsinki

Post-doctoral position 1.8.2010-31.12.2012:
Experimental interfaces and interaction design

Aalto University is created through a merger between the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology, which will start operating on the 1st of January 2010.

Media Lab of Aalto University School of Art and Design

The Media Lab Helsinki ( in the School of Art and Design of the new Aalto University is a part of the new Department of Media.

Much of the world’s leading research and development in the broad field of new media, and within Media Labs, is characterized by work in the areas of physical computing and/or tangible user interfaces. The Media Lab Helsinki is characterized by its commitment towards the development of new formats and genres in art and design. In the digital media, these genres find their immediate form of expression in the interaction of the human agent with the digital matter through the interface.

Post doc researcher on experimental interfaces and interaction design

In the Media Lab Helsinki we’re now opening the call for a post-doctoral position 1.8.2010-31.12.2012. Area of research is experimental interfaces and interaction design. The area of research is dual thematic that includes on the one hand research and development of physical and tangible interfaces and on the other knowledge and experience with artistic forms of interaction implemented for instance, in the areas of sound/sonic interaction, dance and theater.


The purpose of the work of the post-doctoral researcher is to support and further develop the research areas consistent with the department’s research profile. The work of the post-doctoral researcher includes both research as well as teaching and tutoring related to the field of research. In addition to this post-doctoral researchers may be required to undertake other tasks related to research and education.

Media Lab’s New Media education includes two MA programs – (1) MA in New Media and (2) MA in Sound in New Media, as well as studies leading to the doctoral degree. The new post-doctoral researcher is expected to strengthen the programs by providing more solid research foundation – including design and artistic practice – benefiting the education.


Applicants who have completed their doctoral studies quickly and successfully will be favored. In filling the position special emphasis will be given to the scientific quality of earlier research, art and/or design practice, international experience, as well as a research plan which is convincing and which corresponds well to the department’s needs. The chosen person should have completed their doctoral studies before the start of the post-doctoral period. The task requires fluent skills in the use of English language.

According to the multi-disciplinary nature of the Media Lab Helsinki and its operations it is expected that the applicants possess multiple skills that include computation, research, design and artistic methodologies, knowledge of new media theory as well as artistic and/or design activities.


Compensations will be paid according to the new salary system at Finnish universities. Researcher positions are on faculty demand level 5-6. In addition, a personal supplementary compensation of maximum 48 % will be paid. In the beginning the salary will be 2.993-3.556 euros / month.


The application documents, including the application, applicant’s CV and a portfolio, a research plan and other selected certificates are expected to be delivered to the address (subject: post doc: experimental interfaces and interaction design) or to Kirjaamo, Aalto University, School of Art and Design, 31000, 00076 Aalto, by 2.3.2010 at 15 Finnish time.

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