Working as a professor at Aalto

We have gathered here information, which is beneficial for professors with onboarding and orientation as well as through their whole career.
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Good to have you working at Aalto!

Read here more on:

  • Tenure track
  • Research and innovation
  • Teaching and learning
  • Library services
  • Competence development
  • Leadership
  • Financial matters
  • IT 
  • University
  • More onboarding topics
Kuvassa eri-ikäisiä ja erimaalaisia ihmisiä työskentelemässä yhdessä. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

Monimuotoisuus ja inklusiivisuus Aalto-yliopistossa

Rakennamme inklusiivista yhteisöä, jossa yhteisömme jäsenet tuntevat yhteenkuuluvuutta ja voivat täysipainoisesti elää työn tai opintojen arkea tasavertaisina.

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Tenure track

Have a discussion with your manager on your tenure track career. Agree on annual check-ups to follow your career progression. Prepare your Career Memorandum according to your Academic Career Dialogue. Here are links to more information on tenure track.

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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Tenure track - frequently asked questions and answers

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

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Tenure track career path

This page introduces the Aalto University tenure track career system for professors. The page contains information on the general principles of the tenure track, levels and description of the career system, professors' work profile and work time allocation as well as general regulations (Aalto tenure track policies and procedures).

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Tenure track evaluation criteria

The tenure track evaluation criteria are based on the principles of predictability, transparency, and comparability with international standards. Here you find the tenure track evaluation criteria, recommendation for evaluating the potential for tenure track, teaching competence assessment (teaching assessment/teaching competence), guidelines for teaching competence assessment committee, incl. evaluation matrix, guidelines for candidate (teaching portfolio), statement of teaching competence), language requirements for tenure track.

Aalto tenure track evaluation criteria

Tenure track – research leave and other absences

This page contains instructions on tenure track professors' study leaves and other absences. Research leave, Junior research leave, family leave, tenure clock.

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Akateemisten urajärjestelmien kehittäminen

Akateemisten urajärjestelmien kehittäminen on osa Aalto-yliopiston laatujärjestelmää. Tällä sivulla on kuvattu urajärjestelmien kehittämisprosessit.

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Research and innovation

Your school Research Support Services will arrange a meeting with you. You will go through topics on applying research funding, managing an externally funded research project, ethics in research, commercialisation of research results and open science etc. Independently go through the Support for Research eLearning.

Interactive introductory training material on research and innovation services (external link)

Interactive introductory training material on research and innovation services, aimed at researchers

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Research integrity

Research integrity and promoting the responsible conduct in research are based on guidelines agreed within researcher community. Research integrity advisers are listed in this page.

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Open science and research

The principle of openness is the key principle of science and research. At Aalto University, the most visible forms of open science are open access publications, open research data and metadata, and combining openness and commercialisation.

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Research and learning infrastructures

Our research and teaching infrastructures are a prerequisite for world-class, cutting edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster the local innovation ecosystem growth. The large infrastructures are open for all Aalto and external users.

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Aalto Networking Platform

The Aalto Networking Platform brings together research expertise across departments, supporting collaboration both inside and outside of Aalto.

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Innovation Services at Aalto (external link)

Innovation Services at Aalto main page

Innovation Services main page

Startup Center (external link)

Aalto University Startup Center main page

Startup Center main page

Aalto EIT Services

We at Aalto EIT Services support Aalto community in any EIT (European Institution of Innovation and Technology) activities.


Corporate Relations

The corporate relations team promotes cooperation between business and Aalto University. We help companies find the right contacts in Aalto and support the development of strategic partnerships.

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Learning and teaching

Meet with your school Learning Services Manager and Pedagogical Specialist to get familiar with teaching and supervising. Meet with Study Programme Director. Go through the links below. Participate in pedagogical training.

Teacher onboarding

Welcome to teach at Aalto University! This page is designed to support your onboarding path as a teacher. Here you can find information on Aalto University's teaching and learning culture, practices of teaching as well as developing as a teacher.

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Teacher’s Handbook

This handbook contains practical information for a teacher on teaching at Aalto University.

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Teaching and learning

A landing page for teachers to help them find services and support related to teaching and learning.

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Learning Services

Aalto University Learning Services (LES) is responsible for all services which facilitate the smooth progression of studies at the university.

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Aalto University pedagogical training for faculty

Do you want to develop yourself as a teacher? Start Aalto pedagogical training with A! Peda Intro and continue with other core courses, or check the available elective courses.

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Oasis of Radical Wellbeing

On these page you will find information and interesting references to improve wellbeing at Aalto University!

Keys to Your Wellbeing

Library services available for you

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Aalto-Primo is launched

Aalto-Finna has changed to the new search service Aalto-Primo.

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Resource guides ( (external link)

Support for faculty and students making theses by discipline and in general related to information retrieval, publication and information resources.

For researchers

Learning Centre supports postgraduates and researchers by providing access to information resources. We also assist in information retrieval, publication and open science related questions.

Learning Centre


Start your new leader's onboarding journey with discussing your manager role with your unit HR. Enroll to new Aalto manager onboarding program, which includes four training modules, independent online eLearnings and a 360 assessment.

Code of Conduct - Values into practice

The Aalto University Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working — the foundation of our community culture — into practice

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Programme director's handbook

The programme director's handbook is a collection of guidelines, templates, and good practices. The handbook gathers together information about processes, schedules and tools and the aim is to support degree programme directors, heads of majors and others involved to succeed in implementing, evaluating and developing the degree programmes.

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Elements of University Level Steering -video (external link)

Ilkka Niemelä (President), Kristiina Mäkelä (Provost) and Marianna Bom (Chief Financial Officer) give an overview of the key elements of how Aalto University is steered.

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Competence development

Participate in training courses, webinars and independent online learnings in Workday Learning. Familiarise to Aalto with an Onboarding Buddy and later on with a Mentor.

Internal training - Workday Learning (external link)

Develop your competences and search trainings with Workday Learning tool


Aalto University pedagogical training for faculty

Do you want to develop yourself as a teacher? Start Aalto pedagogical training with A! Peda Intro and continue with other core courses, or check the available elective courses.

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Training to support research

Aalto University offers different trainings to support the whole life-cycle of a research project as well as training for other important skills in research projects. The training courses are offered in themes such as research funding, publishing, project management, academic writing and entrepreneurship.

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Mentoring for employees

Aalto offers mentoring to its staff, which gives new viewpoints and tools for professional development, work and balanced living. Read more about mentoring programmes organised by Aalto HR services. Get more details about mentoring programme, open mentoring programme for Aalto employees and joint mentoring programme with external organisations and companies.

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Coaching services in Aalto University

Aalto University offers coaching to support employees and doctoral students in managing their work better and in supporting their wellbeing at work.

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Unite! opportunities for faculty and staff

Get to know how you can benefit from and get involved with Unite!

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Financial matters

Meet with your School and unit Controller to familiarise with financial tasks concerning your research group budgeting, budget for external funding application, procurement etc. Finance professionals will help you also with Halli system and Travel team will help you with booking work trips.


Procurement: Introduction, principles, policies, regulations and guidelines, public procurement act and tendering/competitive bidding, contractor's obligations act, procurement specialists, customs, supplier partnerships and contract suppliers, frequently asked questions.

Procurement documents and contractual terms

Templates including instructions for carrying out procurements of minor value, general contractual terms and conditions commonly applied in procurements, and processing and archiving of procurement documents.

Halli (external link)

Target and manage working hours

School of Chemical Engineering / Raw materials research infrastructure

Aalto University principles in fundraising

The fundraising principles of Aalto University are public and transparent, and aimed for the University's existing and potential donors.



Meet with your unit IT representative and IT servicedesk to get all equipment and guidelines, data storage and software licences etc.

IT services for research and creative practices - remote tool collection

Instructions and tips for remote research and creative practices.

Remote research

IT Services for Research

A selection of IT tools for researchers including devices, collaboration solutions, websites, IT support as a service, data storages and backups, data transfers, computing, on-premise and cloud resources, security support, and IT guiding.

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Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science

Properly managed research data creates competitive edge and is an important part of a high-quality research process. Here you will find links to support, services and instructions for research data management.

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File storage space for research and groups (TeamWork)

Researchers, research groups and projects can use the specific TeamWork file service. Features are adjusted to meet the needs of each group.

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File backup

File backup means the storage and restoration of information in case of any unexpected error or damage. Files are backed up with both quick backup copies and more stable backup copies that are stored on a separate medium.

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Storage services for research data

Store your data in a service that enables backups, confidentiality or collaboration as needed.

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IT Services

You can find up-to-date news, contact information, chat and instructions of frequently used IT services at IT-help hub: accounts, passwords, email, MFA, vpn, printing, teams, zoom, VDI and guidelines how to procure workstations and phones.

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Our strategy

Aalto University's future is built upon a foundation of high-quality research, education, impact and shared values – responsibility, courage, and collaboration. The purpose of the university is to shape a sustainable future.


Schools, departments and units

Scientific research, artistic activities and teaching are carried out at Aalto's six schools and their departments and units.



The executive bodies of the university are the Board (AUFB), the President, and the University Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The President's Management Team (PMT) coordinates the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions. The Aalto Management Team (AMT) furthers transparency and open dialogue in decision-making regarding university development.

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Aalto University performs well in international university rankings. In subject-specific rankings, we place 8th globally in art & design and are in the top 100 in several other subjects. We have gathered information on our performance in the best-known university rankings on this page.

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Aalto Handbook

Here you will find information regarding Aalto University’s organisation, various operators, management processes, operational principles and the guiding rules and policies of our operations.

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Aalto University is a foundation-based university and has six schools.

Aalto University's Learning Centre / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

More onboarding topics

Please find here links on Onboarding Guide, on How to onboard a new employee, onboarding checklists for manager and employee and a Researcher onboarding page.

Onboarding guide for new employee

Orientation and onboarding info with links to relevant information for new Aalto employees.

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Researcher onboarding

This page contains relevant topics for new researchers' onboarding to Aalto as new workplace. Onboarding and orientation are important when starting new work.

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Onboarding checklist for managers

Onboarding checklist to help supervisors and managers with onboarding and orientating new employees. Onboarding is an important part of starting in new work.

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Onboarding checklist for new employee

Onboarding checklist for new employee for independent onboarding

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Onboarding to Aalto

All onboarding, orientation and induction related pages on guidelines, practices and support at Aalto.

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More information

Human Resource (HR) services contact details

Contact details to Human Resources (HR) services for Joint University services as well as for HR units at Schools and Departments.

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