The vacancy is at the Department of Civil Engineering, see
http://civileng.aalto.fi/en/ at Aalto University
http://www.aalto.fi/en. In accordance with Aalto University´s living strategy,
www.aalto.fi/en/strategy, our call is to support the shaping of a sustainable future using Aalto’s three values responsibility, courage and collaboration. Currently, the department has 16 professors supported by lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 115. The department and school have well-equipped research infra and access to national scientific computing services. We are located at Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo where several research institutions and organizations have their laboratories.
As buildings with their walls, floors, and roofs are an essential part of built environment, their materials and functionality influence human health and contribute to restraining climate change. New materials and technologies offer huge potential for linking buildings to energy and other technical systems, while also improving their airtightness. In Finland, guaranteeing the functionality of structures in zero-energy buildings subjected to existing and future climates is a major, on-going challenge. The Department of Civil Engineering seeks an expert who is prepared to integrate and transform these challenges into a high-level scientific research focused on the multifunctional use of buildings and condition monitoring of their structural parts. This professorship is expected to promote the development of multidisciplinary research and teaching both within the Building Design and Construction research group, which includes the professors of architecture, and within the university to solve future challenges of buildings and built environment such as ecological sustainability and circular economy. You will strengthen and complement the research and education in the field of building physics, indoor air quality, and building services engineering.
All the professors at Aalto University are expected to perform high quality research and teaching, and to supervise on the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels. We expect professors to be proactive members of the Aalto and international scientific community, and to exhibit leadership and services for the society. In this professorship, cooperation with national stakeholders will be important.
Requirements You have a doctoral degree relevant for the position completed with superior technical and methodological skills of expermental and/or computational methods applied in building physics. Well demonstrated collaboration skills and a fluent command in English are essential. Your merits and potential will be appraised based on your position-relevant research of buildings, teaching and academic leadership, and activity in scientific community and society. A bibliometric analysis will be conducted for supporting the evaluation of research merits.
Experience in acquiring funding for research projects, preferably also academic competitive funding, multidisciplinary research approach, and co-operation with building sector and research organizations as well as relevant practical experience are considered as advantages.
Remuneration, benefits and about Finland as a country to work and live in
Salary will be defined according to Aalto University’s payroll system. You may also provide a salary request. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care and retirement benefits. Finland offers a safe and healthy environment for living. Excellent state-subsidized services include affordable daycare, health care, and free schools, which are ranked among the best in the world.
Finland is among the best countries in the world, according to many quality of life indicators, including being three in a row the happiest country in the world (UN study 2020). We are one of the world’s most reliable and stable nations with high level of safety. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data, and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship.
For more information For additional information, please contact Professor Jari Puttonen at the Department of Civil Engineering, tel. +358 50 384 1782. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Merja Seppänen tel. +358 50 593 7712. Email addresses:
How to apply
The application material for the position includes:
A cover letter addressed to the Dean of School of Engineering including a summary of merits, most important achievements and motivation for this position and Aalto University.
Curriculum Vitae, including contact information (maximum 2 pages)
Publication list (5 most important publications marked)
Research statement, including a plan for future research at Aalto (maximum 4 pages)
Teaching statement, including a plan for future teaching at Aalto (maximum 4 pages)
Names, positions, affiliation(s) and e-mail addresses of 4-6 referees available to provide recommendations for short-listed candidates
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
In Espoo, 5 August 2021
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