General instructions for applicants including language requirements
Please see Open positions for professors.
TENURE TRACK and PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
The tenure track establishes a clear and standardized process for recruitment and promotion. Each particular recruitment or promotion is reviewed by a Departmental Tenure Track Committee set up for the purpose. The decision to recruit a tenure track candidate is merit-based and made on the recommendation of experts, both internal and external. See the description of the tenure track system of Aalto University at www.aalto.fi/en/tenuretrack .
See the description of the Professor of Practice positions.
Usually candidates are asked to deliver the following documents when applying for a position or promotion:
- Curriculum Vitae - Example of CV: CV template
- List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio
- A research statement describing their past research and plans for future research and/or similar for artistic activities
- Teaching portfolio - Guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio
The list of documents can vary depending on the international de facto standards of the discipline. Always check the announcement for the open position you are interested in for the exact details. It is also recommended to check the evaluation criteria against which the application merits are evaluated.
Submitting the application
The statutory requirement for the written form of filing an application is met by submitting the application electronically by e-mail to kirjaamo [at] aalto [dot] fi or by fax (+358 9 470 22017). See detailed information on the application period in each announcement. (See Act on Electronic Services and Communication in the Public Sector, Section 9.1. http://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/kaannokset/2003/en20030013.pdf). Documents submitted electronically shall be submitted in PDF format and the file names are to follow the format lastname_firstname_documentname.pdf. (e.g. lastname_firstname_application.pdf).
The application can also be submitted to Registry, the postal address is Aalto University, P.O.Box 11000, FI-00076 Aalto. The street address of the Registry is Otakaari 1, Espoo (The Registry closes at 3.00 p.m.).
Please note that all times are given in local Finnish time (EET, East European Time zone).
All material should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned.
See the Evaluation criteria.
From amongst the applicants, Aalto University will select the most talented applicants for the second stage of the application process. If needed, the selected applicants will be asked to supplement their application with material that describes their merits in the evaluation areas in more detail.
Supplemented applications are submitted for review by experts. According to the Aalto University’s tenure track policies and procedures, the eligibility and merits of the applicants will be reviewed by at least four experts. The disqualification of experts will be determined as provided in the Sections 27–29 of the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003).
Bibliometric data analysis is used as part of the evaluation during the recruitment process. Aalto University reserves the right to perform a bibliometric data analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications as part of the objective evaluation and assessment process unless the applicant declines the analysis. This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analysed based on information in public databases.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the tenure track positions open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
Language requirements for tenure track
Candidates are required to have such fluency in English as is required for carrying out the duties. A foreign citizen or a non-native Finnish citizen may be appointed to a teaching or research post without demonstrating proficiency in the Finnish or Swedish languages. Native Finnish citizens in teaching and research positions at universities are required to have a good command of the language of instruction, Finnish or Swedish, used on their courses. Those in teaching and research positions at universities which offer degrees in both Finnish and Swedish are also required to have at least satisfactory oral and written proficiency in the other official language of Finland.