Job Opportunity:

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Costume Design Research Methodologies, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland 

The position begins on 1st December 2015. The starting date is negotiable in the time span 1-10 December 2015 due to funding requirements. The assignment is for 6,5 months and full-time. The position could be part-time should a strong artistic component be involved in the proposed project, in which case the researcher might need to spend a large period in doing externally-funded artistic work. The contract may be extended if the project is successful in finding additional external funding.

The Costume in Focus (CiF) research group based at the Department of Film, TV & Scenography is looking for a post-doctoral researcher with a research topic in Costume Design and an interest in working on new methodological approaches for researching costume. The researcher will work for the Costume Methodologies FiDiPro research project (see: funded by the Academy of Finland. The main objective of the Costume Methodologies project is to establish a firm methodological strategy to investigate the creation, production and function of costume in all areas of the performing arts – theatre, opera, dance and other stage- or site-specific live performance – as well as in film, television and other camera- and media-based creative projects involving costume. The case studies involved in the Costume Methodologies research project investigate different perspectives of costume, using a variety of interrelated, cross-disciplinary methods and materials, such as archival records, visual materials, documents and literary sources, interviews and oral history, digital technologies, and new creative work developed through artistic research processes. The post-doctoral researcher’s research topic should provide a new methodological approach to researching costume in performance through a specific case study proposed by the researcher, investigating a certain field of costume production.

The main duties and responsibilities

  • Working on post-doctoral research in the field, with emphasis on developing new methodological approaches for the research of costume
  • Reporting, documenting and participating in writing journal articles and conference papers, as well as funding applications
  • Participating in administration work and development work in the project and at the department
  • Teaching

Key selection criteria

  • A doctoral degree in an applicable field, e.g. Costume design, Performance design/Theatre design /Scenography, or Fashion/Textile design with proven experience in costume
  • Research interest in areas covered by the Costume Methodologies project or a compatible existing research plan
  • Research competence and demonstrated research experience, including scientific writing and grant writing
  • The applicants are expected to demonstrate research and/or artistic experience in the field of costume and performance, prior experience in artistic research is also appreciated
  • Collaboration skills and some project management skills
  • The task requires fluent skills in the use of English language: the working language will be English.

We welcome a candidate who has successfully gained a doctoral degree in a relevant research field or is currently completing one. If the applicant is not granted a doctoral degree by December 15th 2015, the employment will not be continued.

Salary and place of work

The salary will be paid according to the University’s salary scheme. The position is located at Aalto University’s Arabia campus.

Application period and instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following material: (1) Cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae including a complete list of publications, the candidate’s research achievements, academic leadership and contribution to research community; (3) Three most relevant publications in English as PDF files, (4) Research plan of max. 5 pages for the post-doctoral research period including a one page summary of how the research plan relates to the Costume Methodologies project, (5) a portfolio of design/artistic work if the research plan has an artistic research component, (6) a certificate of the Doctoral degree.

In addition, please include names of two researchers who may be contacted for reference; you may also arrange them to send a letter of reference directly by e-mail to the address below (with reference “Postdoc: Costume”).

Please submit the material in PDF-format (max 20 MB per file) through the Saima eRecruitment system by October 29th 2015. The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page. Name all your documents according to for example Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf. All application materials should be in English.

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. The application materials will not be returned.

Further information

For further inquiries please contact Professor Sofia Pantouvaki by e-mail: or tel. +358 50 599 2288 (or in technical recruitment process –related questions HR-coordinator Piia Väisänen or +358 50 4083097). See also

The position is located at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography (ELO Film School Helsinki). ELO consists of two degree programmes. The Degree Programme in Film and Television provides teaching in seven areas of specialization:  directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary film-making. The Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television offers three areas of specialization: production design, scenography and costume design. In addition, the Department provides teaching in history of film and courses in research skills. The Department endorses practice-based research with questions emerging from experiences in artistic and production work. The research activities aim at producing new theoretical and practical knowledge, insights and approaches on filmmaking and scenography.The Department collaborates closely with the University of the Arts Helsinki and with other national and international higher education institutions specialized in arts. For more information, see

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