Assistant Professor (control systems engineering), energy technology

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Sep 2020

At the University of Vaasa we have an open mind and we want to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in high-quality research and teaching and takes on the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-oriented leaders and experts. We are known for the high quality of our education and our inspiring teachers. At the core of our university is a high level of expertise in business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication. The discipline-specific research is complemented by our phenomenon-based research platforms. 

We are searching an Assistant Professor for 3 years with a start date at the beginning of January 2021 or as agreed. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.  

Your role

The position is closely connected to energy technology with an emphasis on energy production, in particular on control and management of energy generation systems. The task also covers the applications of control systems engineering in the field of electrical engineering, especially within the solutions for flexible electrical energy systems. 

Energy production research focuses on flexible hybrid solutions, renewable fuels and their blends, fuel combustion quality, energy efficiency, and overall emissions reduction. With regard to flexible electricity systems, the research focuses on the utilization of renewable energy sources, energy storages, and demand response in electrical grids, including future micro-grids. 

Implementing new solutions and connecting them to complex energy systems require advanced control and management systems. 

The integration of energy production technologies into energy systems requires, among other things: 

  • intelligent internal combustion engine and power plant management systems     
  • modeling and simulation of control systems and their connection to production equipment    
  • hybrid applications. 

Research challenges in the management of flexible electricity systems include: 

  • management of electricity generation and battery storage according to the needs of the electricity grid and market     
  • hierarchical control of the microelectric grid using distributed or centralized solutions     
  • control of power grid failures  
  • management of total solutions connecting different energy vectors.

All tasks are agreed in more detail in the Annual Work Plan. The annual working time for the Assistant professor is 1612 hours.


Position requires a relevant doctoral degree and the ability to conduct independently high-level scientific research on the specified area and teaching skills required for the task. We also value experience in international publishing.

The successful candidate is required to have strong written and oral skills in English. Read more about the selection process and language guidelines: .

Inspirational work environment

The position is situated in School of Technology and Innovations and team of energy technology. 

Our innovative team is focused on modern technology that has a high level of significance in international business operations. We need open-minded, creative and skilled individuals to explore and develop the future energy solutions, decentralised electrical energy distribution systems, smart electricity grids, flexible hybrid energy production, modern fuel combustion engine technology and related bio fuels, energy storages and power electronics. We continuously develop all of our operations in conjunction with companies and other partners. 

We are strongly networked and responsible actors in research, education and public relations. As a work community, our team is diverse, international and encouraging. The cooperation and support of colleagues promotes well-being and inspires working. 

More information about the School and the team:

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. As an employer, we focus on employee well-being at work by providing extensive occupational health care, flexible working time arrangements and opportunities for competence development. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition. Read more about us:


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff.  The salary for an Assistant Professor is based on demand levels 5-6 (2967–3460 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance. An annual holiday bonus is paid to all employees in July. Each University of Vaasa employee automatically belongs to a pension scheme and the majority of the pension contributions are paid by the employer.


To apply for the position, please use our online application system (using the "Leave an application" button below). The application including annexes has to be in our online application database by midnight 18.9.2020 (Finnish time, GMT +3). Please note! In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields below thoroughly. 

The application should include the following annexes in English (or in Finnish):

Further information

  • Professor Seppo Niemi, tel. +358 29 449 8304
  • Professor Kimmo Kauhaniemi, tel. +358 29 449 8287
  • Director VEBIC researh platform, Suvi Karirinne, tel. +358 29 449 8284

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Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

The coastal city of Vaasa is a trendy and international centre of culture, education and tourism in Western Finland, with nearly 70,000 inhabitants. Vaasa is host to the Nordic countries' most significant centre of excellence in sustainable technology and energy solutions. Its leading exporters' and subcontractors' accumulated turnover of more than EUR 5billion accounts for 30% of Finland's energy technology exports and employs 12,000 experts. 

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