Tenure Track Position in Theoretical and/or Computational Physics Aalto University, Department of Applied Physics Finland

Tenure Track Position in Theoretical and/or Computational Physics


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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Science invites applications for a

Tenure Track Position in Theoretical and/or Computational Physics

Job description

We invite applications for a tenure track position in theoretical and/or computational physics at the Department of Applied Physics in Aalto University School of Science, see https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-applied-physics. The Department is seeking to strengthen the areas of condensed matter and statistical physics in particular, but excellent candidates from any field that complements existing theoretical and experimental efforts are welcome. The successful candidate is expected to establish an outstanding independent research program and work actively to support that via external funding. We strive for gender balance in all positions and at all levels and particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position.

Throughout their career, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.



Only Assistant Professor level candidates are considered in the recruitment. We look for applicants who have

  • A doctorate in physics or in a related field.

  • Potential to carry out research and attract research funding at the highest level.

  • Willingness to be effective teachers in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the School of Science.

  • Aalto School of Science is committed to improving its gender diversity profile and this will be considered carefully in the selection of candidates.


The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their merits in research, teaching, academic leadership, and activity in scientific community. At the Assistant Professor level, evaluation is based mainly on research merits and the applicant’s potential. A more detailed description of the tenure track system at Aalto University is available at http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/ tenure_track/.


How to apply

The application material for the tenure track position includes:

  • Cover page

  • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)

  • List of publications (including Google Scholar Profile and/or Researcher ID)

  • A research statement: summary of merits and highest achievements in research (max 2 pages) and plans for future research (max 3 pages)

  • A teaching statement (max 1 page)

  • Names of two senior academics willing to give a recommendation letter (contact information required only at this stage)


All material should be submitted in English and must be in standard pdf format, with a minimum of 11 pt font size. Applications shall consist of one single pdf file with file name “lastname_firstname_application.pdf”. The first document of the pdf file is the cover letter, followed by the appendices in the order given in the list above. The application material will not be returned. The applications will be evaluated by international experts. Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews and to present their research.


The applications for the tenure track positions are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Science. Deadline for the applications is Feb 24, 2019 Finnish time. Please submit the application through the SAIMA application system "Apply now!" in the end of the job advertisement.


Aalto University reserves the right in exceptional cases to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


For more Information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the tenure track committee, Professor Adam Foster, or in recruitment process related questions, HR Coordinator Stefan Ehrstedt. E-mails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

More information about the position, Aalto University and Finland available here.


Practical information

The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus, 15 minutes from the centre of Helsinki by metro. Aalto University follows the salary system of the Finnish universities, but applicants can also provide their own requests. 


Finland is an excellent country for families. Moreover, the department offers relocation assistance to new professors and is committed toproviding informal assistance to help their families to settle down in Finland (e.g. finding housing and kindergartens/schools).


Why Finland?

Finland is a great place for living with or without family. It is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society, where equality is esteemed very high and corruption very low. Extensive social security and high-quality public health care ensures basic security for people in all situations in life, and free high quality education system is acknowledged worldwide. In Finland, a low level of hierarchy is considered a strong characteristic and that goes for working life as well. For more information, please visit https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-information-package

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