PhD Opportunity:

Doctoral Candidate, Fashion/Textile Futures


Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The university’s ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. At Aalto there are 20,000 students with around 75,000 alumni. We have a staff of 5,000 including 400 professors.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art and design in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, Fashion/Textile Futures research

The position begins in November 2015 or as agreed. The assignment is maximum of four years.

The position is available at the Department of Design. Fashion/Textile Futures research group is looking for a doctoral candidate to develop a human-centered approach in constructive design research, especially in the fashion, clothing or textile field. The job offers a challenging entry into an international and productive research group with a chance to become versatile in human-centered constructive or practice-based design research. There is a strong research focus on sustainable fashion and textiles in the group, but also material-based research, aesthetic and creativity studies, practice-based research, strategic fashion and textile management are presented in group members’ research activities.

Main duties and responsibilities of the doctoral candidate
Full time doctoral candidates are expected to complete their DA in four years, during which they should complete their DA thesis and doctoral studies, participate in research projects and write journal articles around their topic area and teach relevant courses.

The candidate’s tasks also include developing design methods for human centered fashion, clothing or textile design and creating fashion, clothing or textile prototypes as a part of the data. The candidate will also participate in research group activities and project meetings as well as reporting and documenting.

Key selection criteria

  • A Masters level degree
  • A postgraduate study place in the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture or applying for and receiving a post-graduate study place by December 31st 2015 (application deadline is September 15th 2015, see
  • Design skills: strong design skills in fashion, clothing or textiles
  • Research interest: in areas of human centered design, constructive design research, practice-based design research
  • Research skills: capability to understand or learn the theoretical perspectives of design research and own skills for academic writing
  • Collaboration skills: to be an active member in the group and be open for collaboration in multidisciplinary research projects
  • Fluent skills in English

Salary and location
The monthly salary will be paid according to the University’s salary scheme, depending on the candidate’s expertise and tasks, from 2200 eur upwards. The position is located at Aalto University’s Arabia campus in Helsinki.

How to apply
The application for the position should contain:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research plan, including a schedule for completing the doctoral degree
  • Certificate of the possible post-graduate study place or certificate of the Master’s degree

Please submit the material in PDF-format through the Saima eRecruitment system by September 15th 2015 (Finnish time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found here:

Name all your documents according to for example Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf. All application material should be in English.

Aalto University reserves the right 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 Visiting Scholar Kirsi Niinimäki by e-mail: or tel. +358 50 569 3359.


PhD Opportunity in Fashion/Textiles Future Research, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

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