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Tenure Track Assistant Professors in Computer Science

Computer Science research group working, photo: Matti Ahlgren, Aalto University

The Department of Computer Science at Aalto University – in the top-20 young universities worldwide – invites applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. The Department of Computer Science is a large and diverse community welcoming applications in all areas of Computer Science, including but not limited to:

  • Computing systems;
  • Creative technologies;
  • Modern data management;
  • Security and privacy;
  • Software engineering.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent research potential in addition to teaching ability. The department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment with diverse faculty members. Therefore, applications from groups that have been underrepresented in computer science are particularly sought. The positions have competitive salaries as well as start-up packages. The contract includes occupational health benefits. Relocation services are also available for people coming from abroad.

The Department of Computer Science is an internationally-oriented community and home to world-class research in modern computer science, combining research on foundations and innovative applications. With 44 professors and more than 400 employees from 45 countries, it is the largest department at Aalto University and the largest computer science unit in Finland. Computer science research at Aalto University ranks high in several prominent surveys (3rd in Europe and 33rd worldwide in the U.S. News Best Global Universities subject ranking 2020; 47th worldwide in Shanghai subject ranking 2019; and 56th worldwide in Times Higher Education subject ranking 2020).

Requirements and Process

Candidates applying to this call are considered for Assistant Professor positions only. Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in Computer Science or a field relevant to their research in Computer Science, or expected to obtain their doctoral degree no later than August 31, 2021.

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; recommendation letters will also be taken into consideration, and applicants are encouraged to solicit eminent Computer Science scholars as referees. Short-listed applicants will be invited to present and discuss their research with faculty. Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the tenure track system at 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, to teach, advise and otherwise advance both graduate and undergraduate education, to 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, which take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas.

How to Apply 

Applications are to be addressed to the Dean of the School of Science and submitted electronically through the Apply now! link below. Applications will close on January 10, 2021 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). The application material must be in English and must include the following attachments in PDF format:

  1. cover letter including a summary of merits and most important achievements,
  2. curriculum vitae (recommended length: two pages),
  3. research statement (recommended length: four pages),
  4. teaching statement (recommended length: four pages),
  5. names, positions, affiliation(s) and e-mail addresses of five referees available to provide recommendations at a later stage of the application process,
  6. list of publications with no more than five of them clearly highlighted as most important.

Further Information 

Please contact HR Coordinator Laura Kuusisto-Noponen at [email protected]

Why Aalto University? 

The university offers assistance with the relocation process for applicants selected to tenure track positions, including finding housing and kindergartens / schools. In addition to world-class research at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors committed to building both foundations and innovative applications that shape the future through science, technology, art, and business. There are also excellent opportunities for collaboration with local partners at both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. 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 Computer Science is located at the main Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, 15 minutes from the center of Helsinki by metro. The Helsinki International Airport (HEL) is one of the air traffic hubs between Europe and Asia, with direct flights to a large 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. 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 valued 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. Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world in 2018 and 2019 according to the UN Happiness Report.

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.

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