Two Assistant or Associate Professors (tenure track) in Robotics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 May 2024

13 Apr 2024
Job Information

University of Turku
Research Field

Computer science » Other
Engineering » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

27 May 2024 - 13:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Faculty of Technology at the University of Turku is looking for two Assistant or Associate Professors (tenure track) in Robotics.

Both tenure track positions are in the Faculty of Technology’s Department of Computing’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems unit. The unit’s globally connected research groups apply robotics and artificial intelligence across diverse fields. Our core focus lies in developing heterogeneous, multifunctional robotic fleets for various applications within industrial and environmental settings. The unit has significant external project portfolios at both national and international levels.

Who we are looking for

We invite applications from highly motivated researchers in robotics with expertise in machine learning. Examples of areas of research that are a good fit for this position include active perception and understanding of complex and unstructured environments, interaction with the environment and enhanced human-machine interaction, robot design, and robot learning. We value experience in developing and applying machine learning algorithms for real-world applications in, e.g., infrastructure or environmental monitoring, search and rescue, agriculture and forestry, surveillance, construction or logistics. Practical experience with physical robotic platforms (aerial, ground or surface robotics) is particularly desirable for one of the positions, while expertise in the broader application of ML-based solutions is considered a strength for the other. Teaching is an important part of the position—we value teaching experience and pedagogical studies.

We consider applicants’ merits broadly and value, for example, broad academic, professional, and societal networks; societal impact and outreach activities; experience in technology transfer; industrial and entrepreneurial experience; and multidisciplinary collaboration.

The successful applicants may be appointed to a fixed-term associate or assistant professorship (tenure track) depending on their previous academic merits.

  • For the position of Assistant Professor, we seek proactive researchers and teachers beyond their post doc phase yet still at their early academic career, and who already have a proven track record of scientific research.
  • For the position of Associate Professor, we emphasize a international track record of scientific research, teaching experience and societal influence. In addition to these, we value a track record of acquiring external research funding and business collaboration.


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How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 27.5.2024 at 4 pm (Europe / Helsinki time zone).

 1) The guideline for applying and recruitment of an assistant / associate professor (tenure track)
 2) The guideline for tenure track at the UTU

Please, attach all the documents listed in the guideline on page 2 to your application. The application form also asks for "Development plans for the area concerning research, teaching and societal interaction", please note that this annex is not required in this call at this point.

Salary and trial period

The salary for this particular post is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel (YPJ) when negotiating the employment contract.

The position has a trial period of six months.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Tomi Westerlund ([email protected] ) or Professor Juha Plosila ([email protected] ).

With questions about the application process, please contact: Head of Faculty Administration Sanna Hirvola ([email protected] ).

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Department of Computing

The Department of Computing educates professionals for the modern digitalised society. Central themes of teaching and research include Digitalisation, Machine Learning, Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Cybersecurity and Health Technology. 

The Faculty of Technology is the newest faculty of the University of Turku, it was established in the beginning of 2021. The Faculty consists of the Department of Computing, Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. We have more than 2,000 graduate and postgraduate students and circa 450 employees, 50 of whom are professors. Our faculty is an international, multicultural and diverse work community.

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Research Field
Computer science
Years of Research Experience
More than 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
More than 10

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University of Turku
Postal Code
Vesilinnantie 3

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