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Doctoral Candidate in Synthetic Biology and Art Aalto University School of Arts, Design/Architecture

Posted by Tish on 09/23 at 01:35 PM

  Date Posted
  Aug. 24, 2015

  Job Title
  Doctoral Candidate in Synthetic Biology and Art

  Department of Art

  Department Website

  Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

  Application Deadline
  Sep. 15, 2015

  Position Start Date
  Nov. 1, 2015

  Website For Job

  Apply Online Here

  Job Categories
  Graduate Student

  Academic Fields
  Earth Sciences
  Chemistry - General
  Biology - General
  Sciences - General

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, Synthetic Biology and Art

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

The position is available at the Department of Art. Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts, a biological art unit was launched under the Aalto ARTS in 2012 (http://biofilia.aalto.fi/en/). It offers a platform and infrastructure for trans-disciplinary research and education that aim at creating cultural discussion and innovation around the topics related to the manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including philosophical and ethical dimensions. Aalto Biofilia has a fully-equipped biological lab which offers unparallelled research capacity for the growing field of biological art. Biofilia initiates research projects both in the laboratory and natural environments exploring the interfaces between biosciences and art.

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.

In addition, the tasks of the candidate include

  Distribution of knowledge about artist practice within life sciences, Biofilia, and synthetic biology and/or microfluidics to a wider audience (within Aalto and in larger public) by participating in writing journal articles and conference papers, and/or in the form of public exhibitions, symposiums, or the production of documentaries and online archives.
  Advising students and research/educational personnel in practices and laboratory work pertaining to bioart, synthetic biology and/or microfluidics
  Collaboration with colleagues, in terms of coordinating and streamlining all of the tasks above

Key selection criteria

The group is looking for a doctoral candidate with demonstrated solid and thorough personal cross-over practice in art/synthetic biology/microfluidics.

  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 https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraltaik/Applying+for+Doctoral+Studies
  Research skills
  Collaboration skills
  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 Otaniemi campus in Espoo.

How to apply
The application for the position should contain:

  Cover letter
  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 at the bottom of the page. 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 Professor Juha Varto by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or
tel. +358 50 576 9776. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR-coordinator Päivi Niemi, paivi.j.niemi (at) aalto.fi or tel. +358 50 449 9349.

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