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Tenure track assistant professor in Mathematics

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at the School of Science of Aalto University invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The main research areas of the department are:

  • Algebra and discrete mathematics,
  • Analysis and nonlinear partial differential equations,
  • Numerical analysis and mechanics,
  • Stochastics and statistics,
  • Systems and operations research.

Applications in all areas of mathematics are welcomed, with algebra and discrete mathematics highlighted.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent research potential and ability to teach. As the department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment with a diverse faculty body, applications from members of groups that have been underrepresented in mathematics are particularly sought. The position has a competitive salary and starting package, and the contract also includes occupational health benefits. The starting date for the position is negotiable.

Job requirements

Only Assistant Professor level applications are considered in this call. Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in mathematics or a related field and a fluent command of English.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research achievements in relation to their career stage, their teaching merits and activity in the scientific community. Short-listed applicants will be invited for a full-day visit to present and discuss their research with the faculty of the department. Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the tenure track system of Aalto University and is mainly based on research merits as well as the applicant’s potential.

A person at any level of the tenure track system is expected to perform world‐class research, teach, advise, advance education, be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership. Career advances on the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments that take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas.

How to apply

Address your application to the Dean of the School of Science and submit it electronically through the 'Apply now!' link below. Applications will close on 31 March 2020 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). The application material must be in English and must include the following documents as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):

  1. cover letter including a summary of merits and most important achievements,
  2. curriculum vitae (recommended length at most two pages),
  3. research statement (recommended length at most four pages),
  4. teaching statement (recommended length at most two pages),
  5. names, positions, affiliation(s) and e-mail addresses of four references,
  6. list of publications with a maximum of five most important publications clearly highlighted.

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to supplement their applications with a more detailed teaching portfolio. Aalto University reserves the right to use external reviewers to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process. Aalto University also reserves the right to consider candidates who have not submitted applications, to reopen the call after the initial deadline, or to leave the position open.

Further Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Nuutti Hyvönen, or in questions related to the recruitment process HR Coordinator Johanna Glader, tel. +358 50 411 7666. E-mails: [email protected]


Why Aalto University?

Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing its employees regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, disability and age. The university provides help with the relocation process, including finding housing, kindergartens and schools as well as multi-career opportunities. There are excellent staff training and mentoring programmes as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefits and campus sport facilities. In addition, the university offers extensive support services for research such as grant writing and project management.

The assistant professor will join an inspiring and supportive work community of enthusiastic professionals and excellent students. In addition to world-class research at the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors committed to building both scientific foundations and innovative applications that shape the future through science, technology, art and business.

In addition to its strong academic community, the Helsinki region is a vibrant technology and innovation hub with easy access to major partners both private and public. The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is located at the main Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, fifteen minutes from the centre of Helsinki by metro. Helsinki International Airport (HEL) is one of the hubs of air traffic between Europe and Asia, with direct flights to a high number of destinations on both continents.

Why Finland?

Finland tops international rankings in education, equality, safety and quality of life. Finland is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world; design, creativity and startup culture are also important. Indeed, Finland currently ranks at the top of venture capital investments relative to GDP in Europe. Finland is a great place for living with or without family. It is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society, where equality is highly esteemed and corruption is low. Extensive social security supports people in all situations of life, and Finland’s free high-quality education system is internationally acknowledged. In Finland, a low level of hierarchy is a cultural asset in working life and society.


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