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Assistant/Associate Professor in Energy Systems (Tenure Track)
Aalto University School of Engineering

Date Posted Aug. 27, 2019
Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Energy Systems (Tenure Track)
University Aalto University School of Engineering
Espoo, Finland
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 30, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Mathematics/Applied 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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. The main task of the School of Engineering is to renew technologies related to the technical industry and the built environment through scientific research, technological innovation and inspiring education. Our objective is to create new knowledge, information and solutions to serve the goals of sustainable development. Our research topics are highly relevant to the surrounding society, connecting theory with practice. Collaborative projects with the technological industry and the surrounding society have been a trademark for decades. Our research focus areas are Multidisciplinary Energy Technologies, Sustainable Built Environment, Marine and Arctic Technology, Mechanics and Materials and Systems Design and Production.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for


This position will be filled at the Energy Efficiency and Systems research group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The group focuses on large-scale energy systems research, on future transitions of European electricity markets and on District Heat (DH) systems towards carbon neutrality, while maintaining reliability and affordability. The group collaborates extensively with industrial and academic partners in research projects and participates in many international collaboration projects, such as those of EU Horizon 2020. (For examples, see:  ,…  ,  )

We are seeking outstanding individuals who have demonstrated excellence in addressing one or more challenges in large-scale energy systems. This excellence may be demonstrated as successful research leadership and funding activity. We expect a successful candidate to have demonstrated his/her research results through company collaboration or through established international research collaboration.

As a tenure-track faculty member, you are expected to complement the expertise of the current faculty by bringing new ideas and perspectives into our community. You are also expected to teach in our study programmes (see. e.g.…), with the typical teaching load of about three courses per year.

The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The position will be located at the Aalto University Campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for applicants with
a doctorate in energy technology, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, operations research, energy / environmental economics or another applicable field
a proven ability and passion to carry out high-quality research and publish in top venues of the discipline
potential to attract research funding and build up your own research group
an interest to collaborate with industry
ability to build a high-level international collaboration network
motivation to teach at undergraduate and/or graduate levels
We offer
a tenure track position with promotion to tenured position based on merits
a competitive benefits package including access to health care
start-up funding and grant writing support to help you establish your own group
excellent multi-disciplinary collaboration possibilities within the university
great future in one of the happiest, cleanest and safest countries in the world, with comprehensive social security system and free education up to university level
Aalto tenure track
This position belongs to our tenure track system and will be filled to the assistant or associate professor level. The salary is based on Aalto University salary system, but you can also provide your own salary requests. Getting tenure and advancement on Aalto tenure track is based on an evaluation of your achievements and merits against the Aalto tenure track criteria. Please see the details about the evaluation criteria at, and work profile at

Scientific environment
Founded in 2016, the Department of Mechanical Engineering combines expertise of the previous Departments of Applied Mechanics, Engineering Design and Production and Energy Technology. The Department’s main research areas besides energy technology are engineering design, engineering materials and digital production and marine and arctic technology. The Department provides education in bachelor, master’s and doctoral programs. Currently, the department has about 30 professors together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 250. (See

In the Energy Efficiency and Systems research group, research is focused on energy generation and energy consumption systems. The scale of these systems ranges from single buildings to industrial energy systems and continental energy networks. Despite the variety of application areas, common research methods provide opportunities for close cooperation between the group’s researchers, thus providing the base of knowledge needed for top-level research. (See…)

Efficient energy use and indoor climate in buildings, energy- and material-efficient technologies, process concepts and process integration in industry, and optimal energy systems of communities and countries are the key research knowledge in the group. The basis of the research is in the increasing complexity of energy systems and the need to reduce their environmental impact. The main research tools are different types of analysis, simulation and optimisation methods used in computer software and programs. These computer programs include both leading commercial software and programs created by the group.

How to apply
Please submit your application latest on September 30th , 2019 through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following pdf documents in English
cover letter
curriculum vitae (with contact information and the ResearcherID number)
the list of publications (in which the five most significant publications highlighted and your role in them described)
a research statement describing past research and plans for the future research
a teaching portfolio describing teaching experience and plans for teaching
Names, positions, affiliations and e-mail addresses of three senior research leaders available for providing recommendation letters
General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio and CV are at 

Candidate Brochure

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position or us, please contact group leader Professor Sanna Syri, . In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Anna-Maija Harju,

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period.

About Aalto University, Helsinki and Finnish society
At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of electrical engineering. As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Sanna Syri
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Aalto University School of Engineering
    Otakaari 4, Espoo


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