Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering
Aalto University is now looking for a Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering.
Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community 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 4 000 employees, nearly 400 of whom are Professors. There is a wide variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees awarded at Aalto University, and we offer doctoral programmes in all the fields of study. We ambitiously build research excellence for academic and societal impact and educate future visionaries and experts to tackle the grand challenges of our time.
Aalto University was founded in 2010 as Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki were merged. The transforming Otaniemi campus will be a home to all Aalto Schools in 2019, and a collaboration hub for our community, partners and friends.
Aalto University is now looking for a Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering
The School of Chemical Engineering combines natural sciences and engineering, allowing the results of our research to be refined and put into practice as ready products and processes. We work towards securing both our renewable and non-renewable natural resources for the future. The School provides education for a wide range of responsible and visionary future professionals. Research and teaching are supported by an extensive international academic and industrial cooperation network. Backed by strong cooperation with the business world, new knowledge created through research is used to reform industry and promote new forms of business. The strength of the school lies in the combination of high quality basic and applied research.
Your role and goals
As our new Dean, you will lead and manage all activities at the School and ensure steady progress towards the top in our fields. The target is to further raise the scientific impact and international profile of the School in the coming years. You have the drive and capacity to lead the School towards these goals as well as promoting the common goals of Aalto University.
In this role, you will oversee and develop the School activities, being in charge of:
- strategically leading and managing all School operations with ambitious vision, clearly set goals and active collaboration
- leading School’s academic and other personnel to excel and thrive in their work
- providing academic leadership and ensuring excellence in both research and education
- ensuring School’s fundraising potential is fulfilled through good leadership in the area and actively contributing to fundraising efforts
- building and nurturing mutually rewarding collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in the field, both nationally and internationally
- managing the school operating plan and budget, including allocation of resources within in order to secure School’s scientific impact and capacity to educate future visionaries
- handling administrative personnel and degree related issues such as proposing, appointing and hiring personnel, admitting students and awarding degrees
- all other duties assigned by the board, the president, and the bylaws of the school.
You lead the School organization of 49 professors and approximately 400 other scholars and experts as well as actively engage with other Schools and the whole Aalto community. You will lead the School Management Team and act as the Chair of the School Academic Affairs Committee. As a member of the University top leadership team, you actively contribute to University-wide goals. The position is fixed term for a period of 5 years. You report to Provost.
Your experience and skills
To succeed in this role, you have strong experience in and knowledge of CHEM fields: chemical engineering, sustainable material science and biotechnology as well as an excellent personal academic track record in one of these fields. In addition, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of the School of Chemical Engineering. You have strong fundraising capabilities and solid research management capacity.
As an accomplished scholar, you have strong international networks within the field and successfully network and engage with industrial and other stakeholders. Having understanding of our unique profile of art and design, business and technology, you are committed to promoting multidisciplinarity of these fields.
You have strong leadership experience and skills. As a leader, you set clear goals and inspire people to thrive in their work. We are an international community of scholars and experts where we expect you to be fluent in English.
Your passion and ambitions
You have great enthusiasm for advancing academic excellence and a student-focused mindset. With excellent collaboration and interaction skills and will, you foster excellent relations with Aalto’s schools, student bodies and other internal and external stakeholders. You live by high integrity and high standards of ethics. You have a strong vision for our fields as well as capacity to implement changes that enable further successes in research, education and societal impact of the School.
As Aalto CHEM new Dean, you will have a chance to make a significant impact in a community of dedicated scholars and experts.
Apply by June 22 2018 9 AM by sending in your CV, list of publications and an application letter (max 1 page) to chemdean [at] aalto [dot] fi. Please send the material in English.
If you have any questions, please be in touch with either
recruitment committee Chair Professor Herbert Sixta (herbert.sixta [at] aalto [dot] fi)
or committee HR support Anna Lehtinen (anna.lehtinen [at] aalto [dot] fi)