Tenure track

Interested in joining our tenure track?

Aalto University’s tenure track career system provides researchers with a well-supported and clear career path towards a permanent professorship. Nearly 300 new professors have been recruited to our tenure track since 2010, with over 40% coming from outside Finland.
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Why apply for tenure track at Aalto University?

  • Build a successful academic career – our common target is your development and advancement on a clearly defined career path.
  • Take your research to a new level – ambitious goals and the best colleagues enable rapid academic development.
  • Take advantage of the university’s extensive corporate collaboration – our corporate collaboration is among the most active in the world (14th in the world, CWTS Leiden Ranking).
  • Receive support for obtaining and coordinating research resources – outstanding support services guarantee that you can focus on your work. For example, Aalto University is the most successful university in Finland in terms of ERC funding.
  • Develop your leadership skills and pedagogical expertise – our professors receive top-level training in the fields of academic leadership and pedagogy.
  • Receive mentoring and get career assistance and guidance.
  • Get a chance to live in the happiest country in the world (Finland is the happiest country in the world according to United Nations, UN Happiness Report 2018 and 2019).

How to apply for tenure track at Aalto University?

We have a clear and standardized recruitment process run by a Departmental Tenure Track Committee set for the purpose.

Application documents

Usually candidates are asked to deliver the following documents when applying for a position or promotion:

  1. Curriculum Vitae - Please use the template (opens in new window) recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK). You can upload the template also from below.
  2. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio
  3. A research statement describing their past research and plans for future research and/or similar for artistic activities
  4. Teaching portfolio - see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate (pdf) and Comprehensive assessment of teaching competence (pdf)
  5. References

The list of documents can vary depending on the standards of the discipline; always check the advertisement for the exact details about the required documentation and submitting the application. It is also recommended to check the evaluation criteria against which the application merits are evaluated. All material should be submitted in English.

Selection process

The most potential applicants are selected to the second stage of the application process. The selected applicants can be asked to supplement their application and the applications are reviewed by the Departmental Committee, as well as external experts. Our process includes always a site visit with candidate interviews, teaching demonstration and meetings with possible future colleagues.

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