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Tenure track or tenured position in media technology

Aalto University is a new university created from the merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and Helsinki University of Technology. The combination of three universities opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research.

Aalto University School of Science invites applications for:


The position is located at the Aalto University's Department of Media Technology (
Aalto University has introduced a new tenure track system as the core component of its academic career structure. The tenure track is open to talented individuals who hold a doctorate and have high potential for a successful scientific career. On the basis of their experience and competence, applicants will be placed at one of the four levels of the tenure track system: Assistant Professor (1), Assistant Professor (2), Associate Professor or (Full) Professor. Appointments at the first two levels are for a fixed term only, while the appointments at the Associate Professor level can be made either for a fixed term or for an unlimited term. Appointments to Professor positions are always made for an unlimited term.

A person at any level of the academic tenure track system is expected to pursue and supervise scientific research, to provide academic education, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to interact with society. Career advances on the Aalto University tenure track are based on regular performance assessments, which take into account the candidate's merits in all these areas.

The research conducted at the Department of Media Technology covers digital media widely. The research themes vary from digital imaging to mathematical modelling of room acoustics to web technologies and semantic web. The department has a modern, forward-looking research agenda, which is both scientifically ambitious and industrially interesting, and which is well aligned with the general goals of the Aalto University. It combines elements of art, science and technology in innovative ways. However, the research agenda is open to new initiatives. The department has strong societal and industrial links.

  • In the recent Research Assessment Exercise covering all the academic units of Aalto University, the scientific quality at the Department of Media Technology was evaluated to be on very good international level and the societal impact was rated as outstanding. The full report "Striving for Excellence, Aalto University Research Assessment Exercise 2009" is available at
  • The present call for applications covers all areas of media technology. Special considerations will be given to candidates with research fields complementing and supporting the current strong areas of the Department. A joint appointment with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT ( can also be negotiated.

For additional information, please contact Head of Department, Professor Tapio Takala, tel. +358 50 551 3222 (or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Saara Ahokoski +358 9 470 25877). E-mails:

The applications for the tenure track positions are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University no later than on 2 May 2011. The street address of the Registry is Otakaari 1, Espoo (the Registry closes at 3.00 p.m.), and the postal address is Aalto University, P.O. Box 11000, FI-00076 Aalto. Applications may also be submitted by e-mail: kirjaamo (at) or by fax: +358 9 470 22017. For further information on submitting the application, please see the detailed application instructions in html or pdf format.

Should there be a lack of eligible applicants, the application period may be extended. While the applicants who have submitted an application by the deadline will be appropriately considered, Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the announced positions.

The application materials will not be returned.

In Espoo, February 2011