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Aalto University

Espoo - Finland
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Motion Capture and Studio Technician


Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created in 2010 from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Helsinki University of Technology and the Helsinki School of Economics – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20,000 students and more than 400 professors.

One of the six schools at Aalto University, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of research are visual design, digital media, visual culture, design, art, welfare architecture and emerging technologies, as well as urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills.

Aalto University’s Aalto Studios invites applications for the following position:




The position is permanent and will start in September 2017 or as agreed.

Aalto University’s Aalto Studios is the media centre of the future. Its unique state-of the-art digital media facilities weave together the players of the creative economy: designers, filmmakers, game developers, architects, youtubers, artists, engineers, programmers, educators & researchers, angel investors and public-sector operators in Finland, Scandinavia, Europe and beyond. Aalto Studios facilitates education, research, artistic activities and product development in film and TV, games and animation, VR/AR, product- and user experience testing, sensor data-analysis, web- and social media, digitalization of teaching and fast prototyping. Aalto Studios also organizes influential seminars and events in the field and additionally operates as an AV-production service for Aalto University and its key campus partners.

The new Media Centre will be constructed on Otaniemi Campus by 2020, before that Aalto Studios operates at temporary facilities in the metropolitan area in Otaniemi, Kallio and Roihuvuori.

Job description

We are looking for a multi-faceted Motion Capture and Studio Technician, who can excel in multiple roles and tasks as our productions range from motion capture productions (games, animation, engineering, research) to virtual scenography, VR/AR productions, traditional films and multi-camera shows. The person needs to be interested in learning new things constantly and to have a passion to push the development of the field constantly forward. The role is a technical role, but as there is a lot of teamwork and education involved interpersonal and presentation skills are a must. 

Motion capture and studio technician key tasks:

  • Technical training and consulting for faculty, students and commercial clients
  • Teaching and research assistance
  • Technical system planning, system rigging and setup and system development
  • Data cleaning
  • 3D-animation integration with mocap
  • Technical video-/audio- and other studios duties
  • Technical production workflow planning from pre-production to post-production

Skills required

  • Degree in IT or Media Technology (university or university of applied sciences/polytechnic degree) or equivalent skills and experience in the field
  • Experience in Motion Capture productions
  • 3D-animation/modelling experience
  • Production experience in TV-, film-, or gaming industries
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good IT-skills, including IT- systems and networks setup, integration and configuration experience
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Passion for media

Nice to have

  • Experience in VR/AR productions
  • Experience in Photo/Videogrammetry
  • Programming skills (Especially Unity & Unreal)
  • Video, audio and lighting skills
  • Proficiency in Finnish both spoken and written

What we offer

  • World class university environment, where both personal and technological development are highly encouraged
  • Opportunity to work with passionate professionals who deeply care about their work and their team members
  • High variety of productions, you will not be bored doing same things over and over again
  • Good industry contacts to Finnish gaming, film and TV-industries

Salary and benefits

Salary is internationally competitive with other universities and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits.

Helsinki area is a culturally vibrant, naturally urban and safe place to live. The level of education in Finland is top-notch and in addition to free schools, there are many other state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and high-class sports facilities in almost every neighbourhood. Helsinki has excellent connections to the rest of Europe.

Additional information and how to apply

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please have a look at www.aalto.fi/jobs. The deadline for the applications is 14 August 2017.

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