Professor in Circular and Sustainable Chemical Engineering

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jun 2023

6 May 2023
Job Information

Aalto University
Research Field

Engineering » Chemical engineering
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

15 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (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

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, 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 Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering focuses on sustainable utilization of raw materials, designing and developing more efficient processes for new materials and products. We as chemical engineers contribute to the future society with sustainable processes enabling circular economy and bioeconomy.

The department is in a key position in research related to chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these. Our core competences include unit operations and processes, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalytic processes and materials, polymer engineering, process control and process systems engineering.

We invite applications for the position of


The position can be filled at any level of the Aalto tenure track system (assistant, associate or full professor).

The position and our expectations   

We are looking for an ambitious professional for ground-breaking academic work in the field of Circular and Sustainable Chemical Engineering. We expect you to have strong expertise in Chemical Engineering unit operations and processes for Sustainable and Circular production processes in the fields relevant to the department.

The position will be in core to influence the development of sustainability and circularity, thus we appreciate the professor to:

  • Understand transition towards sustainable and fair global industry and its technical and societal basis, including economic and social perspectives. Understand the relevant engineering field between laws of nature and man-made laws from engineering and system-level perspective, including concepts such as carbon neutrality, resource efficiency, and process and plant integrations.
  • Participate in teaching of engineering and plant design basics both on BSc and MSc levels. Important topics for our curriculum are e.g. process and plant design, recycling technologies and related analysis, process safety and sustainability, feasibility, LCA and EHS.
  • Initiate research projects on circular economy, such as: new raw materials, materials development, recycling, analysis and design of novel processes, carbon capture and storage as well as life cycle and sustainability assessment.
  • Lead a research group, educate doctoral students and produce high-quality research that can be published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Disseminate research results and contribute to the progress of the school and department, its international visibility and interaction with the society.
  • Be willing and able to collaborate with the different industrial sectors and colleagues both at Aalto University and across the global community. Existing networks are seen positive when reviewing the applicants.

A doctoral degree in chemical engineering or in a related field is a prerequisite for the position. The applicants will be reviewed based on their excellence and future potential in scientific research and teaching, and their active role within the international science community and industry.

What we offer

At Aalto University you have the possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community where the students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.

The salary is determined based on applicant's experience and qualifications. Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services and retirement benefits.

Finland is a healthy and safe living environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable day care, free schools and universities, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world. More information about living and working in Finland . Activities of the department are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area).

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by June 15th, 2023.

(If you are already an employee at Aalto, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.) Please use your existing Workday user account.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English and in PDF:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - please use the template recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. Please also include names and contact information for references.
  • List of publications (with 10 most relevant publications regarding this position highlighted)
  • A research statement describing your past research and plans for future research and activities.
  • Teaching portfolio (please see the University’s instructions and make sure your teaching portfolio complies with them. See Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate  

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV and teaching portfolio are given at .

Aalto University will use external reviewers to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process. Based on the application materials and external evaluations, the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants to visit the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and deliver teaching demonstrations.

Further information

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Head of Department Ville Alopaeus. In questions related to the recruitment process, HR Partner Alice Björklund. Emails ( ).

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better world , Aalto People  , and Shaping a Sustainable Future . And this webpage about Aalto and Finland.   

Check out our new virtual campus experience: ! 

Tenure track in Aalto University

The position is a tenure track position. Individuals appointed to the tenure track have the opportunity to conduct research and/or artistic work and teach in order to build academic merits towards qualifying for an appointment to a tenured position. 

Since 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young talent to join the Aalto University community. 

Throughout their careers, those in the tenure track system are expected to conduct and supervise artistic/scientific research and/or artistic/design work, to provide related academic education, contribute to developing their field or discipline, as well as contribute to academic service the university and beyond in the society. For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see .

Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations.

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: . For more information about living in Finland: Why Finland? | Aalto University

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