Aalto recruitment processes
General recruitment process
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Find our open jobs here. Our jobs are open for applications for 2-4 weeks, depending on the position. Academic recruitments are often open for 1-3 months.
Application instructions and contact information can be found in each job advertisement. If you haven’t applied for a job at Aalto before, please register into our recruitment system. In the system you can also set up job alerts and edit your application.
Our standard recruitment process includes 1-3 interview rounds, depending on the position. The first interview can also be done as a video interview. In the interviews, you’ll meet your future supervisor and usually other Aalto employees as well. We strive to communicate quickly and transparently if you are not selected for interviews.
Prepare for the interview by getting to know the department or unit you are applying for – and be prepared to talk about yourself and your motivation. We encourage applicants to ask us for more information! We also appreciate your feedback.
We use interviews and the material provided by applicants (e.g. CV and cover letter) to support the selection. In addition, we can conduct simulation tests and aptitude assessments, and verify the candidate’s references.
When you receive a job offer, you can agree on practical matters with our HR and your supervisor. We will warmly welcome you to the Aalto community and provide you with a comprehensive orientation path.
Aalto's tenure track and lecturer track recruitment processes differ slightly from the general recruitment process. Find more information about them below.
Tenure track recruitment process
Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.
All candidates are expected to follow the guidelines for responsible conduct of research in their application. When the call is closed, the departmental committee selects the most promising applicants, and requests at least four impartial external peer reviewers to assess the applicants. After that the top applicants are invited to a site visit for an interview and a teaching demonstration. Note: external reviewers and a teaching demonstration may not be required for assistant-level recruitments.
The departmental committee makes a proposal to the dean on the person to be appointed. In the case of non-tenured positions, the dean decides who to recruit after consulting the school’s tenure track committee. For the permanent (tenured) professors’ positions, the dean prepares a proposal to the president of Aalto, who makes the decision after consulting the Aalto tenure track committee.
This page describes how to apply for Aalto University's tenure track. The page contains information on why to apply for Aalto University tenure track and instruction on how to apply. The site has instructions, for example, on application documents (including curriculum vitae/cv and teaching portfolio) as well as application and selection process.
Lecturer recruitment process
The Aalto lecturer career system is a standard career advancement path, providing a transparent and consistent process with common rules throughout the university, its schools, and departments.
Departments may recruit employees to the lecturer career system through a competitive recruitment process or only in exceptional cases by invitation. Recruitment is possible at university teacher, university lecturer and senior university lecturer levels.
Individuals to be nominated to the lecturer career system must have at least a master's degree (or in some cases, comparable artistic merits), the potential to reach an excellent level in pedagogical competence, and a pedagogical interest appropriate for the university lecturer position.
The lecturer recruitment process is similar to the tenure track recruitment process (described above), with a couple of exceptions:
- There is a smaller number of external reviewers
- The final decision on the recruitment is made by the dean.
Aalto lecturer career system is intended primarily for individuals conducting teaching. The lecturer career system supports individual development and career advancement through clear principles and systematic evaluation criteria and allows Aalto teachers and lecturers to advance in their careers with teaching-focused merits. Teachers and lecturers have the opportunity to advance within the career system, from the university teacher level to the university lecturer level, and further to the position of a senior university lecturer and principal university lecturer. This page contains principles of the lecturer career system, levels in lecturer career system, generic time allocation in lecturer career levels as well as descriptions of recruitment and advancement processes.