Careers at Aalto

Human Resources Excellence in Research

Aalto University has been awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” -award by the European Commission as the first university in Finland in 2012.
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The award is a public recognition that Aalto University is committed to act in a responsible and respectable way, to provide a stimulating and favorable working environment for research, and has a strong commitment to implement fair, transparent and merit-based recruitment procedures for researchers.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researcher (HRS4R)

The European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researches (HRS4R) aims at better employment and working conditions for researchers throughout Europe. The main tools in achieving this is goal is the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

  • The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers. The goal is to ensure that everyone contributes to the production and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.

  • The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers seeks to improve the recruitment practices by making the selection processes as transparent and fair as possible.

The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The European Commission recognizes with the "HR Excellence in Research Award" the institutions, which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy.

HRS4R-process at Aalto University

Since committed to complying with HRS4R-policies in 2012, Aalto University has gone through the different steps of the HRS4R-process: first internal audit with gap analysis and action plan in 2012, followed by interim assessment in 2015, and the first award renewal with site visit in 2019. In 2022/2023 it is time for the second award renewal (without site visit). We have submitted the internal assessment report at the end of December 2022. The main points of our internal assessment (strengths and weaknesses as well as action plan for the next strategic period 2022-2024) can be read in our HRS4R Strategy and Action Plan.

Commitment to HRS4R-policies supports Aalto University in implementing its people strategy and achieving the goals set. Aalto University aims to offer its employees an inspiring working environment, challenging tasks, good working conditions and encouraging career systems. Aalto University implements effective people processes that support academic leadership and enable high-quality research and education. As an employer, Aalto University invest into staff well-being, competence development, and the creation of a well-functioning, multicultural community.

The latest Aalto HRS4R Strategy and Action Plan is available here.

Aalto University’s academic recruitments policy

Open, transparent and merit-based (OTM-R) recruitment policies defined by the European Commission are the cornerstone of our academic recruitments. All our academic recruitments are guided by defined policies that ensure a fair and transparent process.

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Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

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Lecturer career system

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.

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Other academic positions

This page describes other academic positions than tenure track professor and lecturer positions. Here you will also find official policies and procedures for other academic positions as well as instructions on how to appoint a docent.

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Working as a professor at Aalto

Topics concerning professors' work and onboarding such as: Tenure track, competence development, research, leadership, university, teaching and learning, financial matters, IT

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Tenure track - frequently asked questions and answers

This page introduces several frequently asked questions about the Aalto tenure track and answers to these questions.

Tenure track
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Objectivity and impartiality guidance in the university

All operations of the university are subject to provisions on disqualification. On this page guidance on recognizing disqualification, necessary actions if disqualification arises as well as instructions to ensure impartial decision making.

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Development processes of our academic career systems

Developing the academic career systems is part of the Aalto University quality system. This page provides information on how the quality of the academic systems is monitored and how the processes are being developed.

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Academic careers working group

This page contains information on Academic careers working group, its purpose, members and contact information.

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HR contact details - Common HR services

Common HR services work on people and organisation development, working community services and operative human resources.

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