Tenure Track Professor Position in Textile Chemistry and Engineering

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Aalto University’s School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, invites applications for

Tenure Track Professor Position in Textile Chemistry and Engineering

The successful candidate is expected to develop a prominent research and educational program in textile fiber science. A major focus in the research and education should be in the development of novel recycling strategies based on green chemistry method with emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach.

Further, the candidate is expected to add significant new capabilities to the department, especially in the development of a sustainable textile chain including recyclable dyes and finishes. The highly competitive material research should focus on the development of functional fibers with emphasis on protective, personal health care fabrics to multi-functional self-cleaning fabrics.

The candidate will teach graduate and post-graduate courses in line with the needs of the School. The applicant should be able to present innovative research of a high international level. Furthermore, the successful candidate has a strong network in the field of textile chemistry and engineering and is able to develop an active role in the department, School and University.

Scientific Environment

The department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) (http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/), one of the three departments in the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University, has an internationally leading reputation in basic and applied research for the development of advanced materials from natural resources. It is one of the leading European research and higher education institution in the field of sustainable chemistry and engineering based on the utilization of renewable resources. BIO2 aims to contribute in the development of novel solutions to move towards sustainable primary production and processing systems that can produce materials with fewer inputs, less environmental impact and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

 The core competencies in forest products technology encompass the pretreatment and fractionation of lignocellulose biomass with a focus on the conversion of the isolated cellulose fraction into man-made cellulose fibers (MMCFs). Consequently, a close collaboration with the department of Design of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture has emerged, which allows us to work on the entire value chain of textile production. The big national and international attention for the joint activities of the two Schools, of Chemical Engineering and Arts, Design and Architecture, led to the decision to establish a dedicated graduate field of textile research in the department of BIO2. The appointment of a Professor in Textile Chemistry and Engineering is part of the efforts of our Schools to establish both higher education and in-depth research in the development of sustainable textiles.


We look for applicants who have:

  • a doctoral degree in the natural sciences or engineering, with a strong emphasis on fiber, textile, polymer or sustainable material science
  • teaching experience from the relevant field
  • a strong publication record
  • documented experience in obtaining research funding

Applicants with an industrial background in addition to a scientific career are very welcome.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research work, teaching and academic leadership and activity in scientific community.


The salary is based on Aalto University’s salary system, but applicants can also provide their own requests. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The position will be located in the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Further Information

For additional information, please contact Head of Department, Professor Herbert Sixta or in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Sanni Mero emails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

How to apply

Please apply online through the link below (“Apply for this job”) and include the following attachments (in pdf-format):

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (with 10 most relevant publications regarding this position highlighted)
  • A research statement describing past research and plans for future research (max. 5 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Names and contact information for references

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolio and CV are given at www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant

All material should be in English. The application material will not be returned.

Applicants are also encouraged to provide their Researcher ID (www.researcherid.com) or corresponding information in the application.

Deadline for applications is June 20, 2018

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.

Espoo 28.3.2018


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