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Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for


The call is targeted to the individuals seeking for an assistant professor position at the Aalto University tenure track system. More information about the tenure track career path:

The vacancy is at the Department of Civil Engineering, see .  Currently, the department has 16 professors supported by lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 115. The department and school have well-equipped research infra and access to national scientific computing services. We are located at Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo where several research institutions and organizations have their laboratories.

Job description

As structures are an essential part of the built environment, the safety and aging of the load bearing components are important to the society and for restraining the climate change. The Department of Civil Engineering seeks an expert who is prepared to integrate and transform the development of materials and technologies into high-level scientific research focused on structural engineering to enhance the safety, durability, quality, and multifunctionality of buildings. The candidate is expected both to master the use of traditional materials (e.g. concrete and steel) and to promote the use of new materials in construction. High-rise buildings and industrial plants are examples of national applications that require a special competence in structural engineering.  At the department of civil engineering, the candidate should also be prepared to contribute to the development of multidisciplinary research and teaching activities within the Building Design and Construction research group, which includes the professors of architecture. You will strengthen and complement the education oriented to civil engineering in the fields of structural mechanics and structural engineering.

All the professors at Aalto University are expected to perform high quality research and teaching, and to supervise on the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels. We also expect professors to be proactive members of the Aalto and international scientific community, and to exhibit leadership and services for society. In this professorship, cooperation with national stakeholders will be important.


 You have a doctoral degree relevant for the position, and a fluent command in English. Well demonstrated collaboration skills are essential. Your merits will be appraised based on your research, teaching and academic leadership, and activity in the scientific community and society. A bibliometric analysis will be conducted for supporting the evaluation of research merits.

Candidates for assistant professor positions will be evaluated based on their merits and potential, please find more information from the link: . Experience in acquiring funding for research projects, preferably also academic competitive funding, multidisciplinary research approach, and co-operation with building sector and research organizations are considered as advantages.

Remuneration, benefits and about Finland as a country to work and live in

Salary will be defined according to Aalto University’s payroll system. You may also provide a salary request. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care and retirement benefits. Finland offers a safe and healthy environment for living. Excellent state-subsidized services include affordable daycare, health care, and free schools, which are ranked among the best in the world.

Finland is among the best countries in the world, according to many quality of life indicators, including being three in a row the happiest country in the world (UN study 2020). We are one of the world’s most reliable and stable nations with high level of safety. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are rooted deeply into our society. Gender equality, flexibility and low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. For more information about living in Finland, see: .

For more information

For additional information, please contact Professor Jari Puttonen at the Department of Civil Engineering, tel. +358 50 384 1782, jari.puttonen(at)  In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Ida Nieminen, tel. +358 50 3023722, ida.nieminen(at)

How to apply

The application material for the position includes:

  • A cover letter addressed to the Dean of School of Engineering including a summary of merits, most important achievements and motivation for this position and Aalto University.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including contact information (maximum 2 pages)
  • Publication list (5 most important publications marked)
  • Research statement describing also future activities at Aalto (recommended length at most 4 pages)
  • Teaching statement (recommended length at most 4 pages)
  • Names, positions, affiliation(s) and e-mail addresses of 4-6 referees available to provide recommendations for short-listed candidates

All material should be submitted in English and in pdf format. The application materials will not be returned. Please submit your application online through Aalto University´s electronic recruitment system no later than May 24, 2021. Link to the application can be found at the end of the job advertisement “Apply now”. Please follow the general instructions and evaluation criteria for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV that are given online .

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.

In Espoo, 29 March 2021


Tenure track in Aalto University

The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals placed on the Aalto University tenure track for professors have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the Aalto University tenure track positions have been widely noticed and attracted a large number of international applicants. Aalto University has had the opportunity to recruit top experts as well as young research talents to join the Aalto University community. Read more about the tenure track system of Aalto University at

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