Professor, Algebra and Discrete Mathematics

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jan 2023

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is a highly regarded academic community of more than 100 employees, with around 20 professors, 10 lecturers, 20 postdocs, and 45 doctoral candidates. The main research areas of the department are:

  • Algebra and discrete mathematics,
  • Analysis and nonlinear partial differential equations,
  • Numerical analysis and inverse problems,
  • Stochastics and statistics,
  • Systems analysis and operations research.

The department is known for its research and teaching excellence; fresh, diverse, and dynamic culture; and its low levels of bureaucracy and hierarchy. The department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment with diverse faculty members.

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at the School of Science of Aalto University invites applications for

Professor Position in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (Tenure Track)

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for a talented individual for a tenure track or tenured position in Mathematics specialising in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, interpreted in a broad sense. The position is targeted primarily at candidates for the Assistant and Associate Professor levels. However, applicants with an indisputably outstanding record for the Full Professor level may also be considered.

The position is open to talented individuals who hold a doctorate in mathematics or a closely related field and have excellent potential for a productive scientific career. We seek candidates whose research and teaching complement and strengthen the department. The ability to build bridges between different fields of mathematics and science is valued. As the department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment with diverse faculty members, applications from groups that have been underrepresented in mathematics are particularly sought after.

Job requirements

A person at any level of the tenure track system is expected to perform world‐class research, to teach, advise and otherwise advance education, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership. Career advances on the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments that take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas. The ability and enthusiasm to teach relevant courses and supervise students are essential. Applicants are required to have a fluent command of English, which is the teaching language for the relevant master’s and doctoral level courses as well as a working language of Aalto University.

The contract is full-time and either fixed-term or permanent depending on its positioning on the tenure track. The position has a competitive salary and seed funding for setting up a research team. The contract includes occupational health benefits. The position will be filled at the latest by the end of the year 2023, but the precise starting date is negotiable.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research achievements in relation to their career stage, their teaching merits and activity in the scientific community. Short-listed applicants will be invited for a full-day visit to present and discuss their research with the faculty of the department. Evaluation of the applicants follows the principles of the tenure track evaluation criteria of Aalto University.

How to apply

Address your application to the Dean of the School of Science and submit it electronically through the 'Apply now!' link below. Applications will close on 5 January, 2023 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). The application material must be in English and must include the following documents as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):

1. Cover letter including a summary of merits and most important achievements.

2. Curriculum Vitae; The CV should preferably include the sections in the template  recommended by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.

3. A list of publications in which the 5 most significant publications are highlighted.

4. Research portfolio. This is a concise (4–10 pages) self-reflection on the merits, long-term vision, and research plan of the candidate. The portfolio is narrative text, supported by fact-based evidence.

5. Teaching portfolio. The teaching portfolio describes the candidate’s experience and vision of teaching. The portfolio summarises the candidate’s teaching competence, experience and education, and includes a self-assessment of teaching development during the candidate’s career. The portfolio is a concise (4–10 pages) narrative text, supported by fact-based evidence.

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio, research portfolio and CV are given at Interested in joining our tenure track? | Aalto University . 

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. 

Further Information

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Antti Hannukainen, or in questions related to the recruitment process HR Coordinator Johanna Glader, tel. +358 50 411 7666. E-mails: .


Why Aalto University?  

For applicants selected for tenure track positions, the university provides relocation support, such as assistance with finding housing and kindergartens/schools located on campus and nearby, and career support for accompanying partners. Aalto University encourages flexible working hours to allow a healthy balance between work and family life. For all new staff members and their families, Aalto University provides dedicated introductory social and cultural events around the year. The university has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and 400 professors committed to building both foundations and innovative applications that shape the future through science, technology, art, and business, with excellent opportunities for collaboration with local partners at Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and University of Helsinki. In addition to its strong academic community, the Helsinki region is a vibrant technology and innovation hub with easy access to major partners, both private and public.  

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is located at the main Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, 15 minutes from the centre of Helsinki by metro. Helsinki International Airport (HEL) is one of the hubs of air traffic between Europe and Asia, with direct flights to many destinations around the world.  

About living in Finland  

Finland is a great place to live; it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic country with high-quality free education and affordable health care and childcare. Finland consistently ranks highly in terms of quality of life:  and was recently listed as the happiest country in the world:  . For more information about living in Finland, see: Why Finland? | Aalto University .

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