Job ID: 200371

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

Aalto University

  • Nov. 28, 2022
  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
  • T214 Civil Engineering
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Geotechnical
Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Helsinki region, Finland. Diversity is a part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for


The call is targeted to ambitious individuals seeking a full-time Assistant Professor position in the Aalto University tenure track system:

The vacancy is open at the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Aalto University: The department has 18 professors supported by lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 120. The department and school have well-equipped research infrastructures and access to national scientific computing services. Furthermore, the department and school are located at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, where several other research institutions and organizations have laboratories and offices.

Job description
The Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Geotechnical Engineering. The position is intended to strengthen the research and education in the field of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Ground Improvement. The applicants’ research should be applicable to the soil conditions typical for Finland and contribute to the strengths of Aalto University in the area, such as experimental and theoretical research related to the effects of seasonal frost on soil-structure systems, consolidation of soft sensitive soils, ground improvement, constitutive modelling of soils or sustainability in geotechnical engineering.

Professors of Aalto University are expected to perform high-quality research and teaching and supervise students on the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels. This professorship will take responsibility for, or contribute to, the departmental teaching activities in geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics and foundation engineering, mainly in the Geoengineering MSc programme.

Professors are also expected to be proactive members of the university and international scientific communities, and to exhibit leadership and service to society.

Applicants must have a position-relevant doctoral degree as well as international research activities and teaching experience that can be qualified as relevant for the position.

Well-demonstrated collaboration skills and an excellent command of English are essential as well. The merits and potential of the applicants will be appraised via a holistic evaluation based on the quality and quantity of research, teaching and academic leadership, in addition to the overall activity in the scientific community and society. A bibliometric analysis will be conducted for supporting the evaluation of research merits. The supplied most important research publications will be assessed with respect to their potential impact, as well as clarity of argumentation and as indicators of future research potential.

Scientific awards and recognitions as well as experience in acquiring and applying for funding, preferably academic competitive funding, are considered important advantages. Interdisciplinary research activities, roles in research organizations, pedagogical studies, student supervision and cooperation with industry are considered advantageous as well.

When recruiting for the first-term assistant professor position, the “evaluation is mainly based on the potential of the candidate” with respect to the evaluated dimensions (as notified by the tenure track evaluation criteria of Aalto University:

What we offer
Aalto University offers the possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community where students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. According to its strategy, Aalto University targets at shaping a sustainable future by renewing society with research-based knowledge, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. The values of the university are responsibility, courage and collaboration.

Salary will be defined according to Aalto University’s payroll system taking into account the applicant's experience and qualifications, but a salary request can be provided. In addition to the salary, Aalto University provides its employees with occupational healthcare services and retirement benefits. 

Finland offers a safe and healthy environment for living with excellent state-subsidized services including affordable daycare, health care, and free schools ranked among the best in the world. Finland is among the best countries in the world, according to many quality-of-life indicators, including - for the fifth year in a row - being the happiest country in the world (UN study 2022). We are one of the world’s most reliable and stable nations with a high level of safety. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data, and an advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Nordic values of equality and cooperation are rooted deeply in our society. Gender equality, flexibility and low hierarchy form the core of our Nordic working environment. More information about living and working in Finland:

For more information
For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Wojciech Solowski, Department of Civil Engineering, tel. +358 50 592 5254. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Merja Seppänen, tel. +358 50 593 7712. E-mail addresses follow the form

How to apply
The application material for the position must consist of the following documents:
  • cover letter - addressed to Dean of the School of Engineering, including a summary of merits, most important achievements and motivation for this position at Aalto University (maximum 2 pages);
  • curriculum vitae - including contact information, following the structure given by Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity: (maximum 2 pages);
  • publication list - with the five most important publications marked
  • research work portfolio - including a plan for future research in the position (4-10 pages);
  • teaching portfolio - including a plan for future teaching in the position (4-10 pages);
  • referee list - including 3-5 names (available to provide recommendations for short-listed candidates) with positions, affiliation(s) and e-mail addresses;
  • three most important publications authored or co-authored by the applicant;

These documents must be combined, in the given order, into a single .pdf file and attached to the online application.

The application material must be written in English. The application material will not be returned. Applications, including a single .pdf file consisting of the required application material listed above, must be submitted online through the electronic recruitment system of Aalto University until January 15, 2023.

A link to the recruitment system can be found at the end of this job advertisement via the text “Apply now”. The general instructions and evaluation criteria for applicants, including language requirements and guidelines for compiling the application material, are given online as well:

Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via the internal HR system Workday (keyword Find Jobs) by using their existing Workday user account (not via the external webpage for open positions).

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