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Professor, Enzyme Technology
Aalto University

Date Posted Jul. 3, 2023
Title Professor, Enzyme Technology
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
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 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is 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.

We are now looking for a

Tenure Track or Tenured Professor, Enzyme Technology

The position is to be filled at any level of the Aalto University tenure track system (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The position is full-time and depending on the positioning on the tenure track, either on fixed or permanent term.

An increased use of biotechnical production methods, the efficient use of renewable raw materials, and a transfer to green processes in industry will place new demands on enzymatic biocatalysts. Enzymes are central tools in the utilization of bio-based raw materials, and in the development and manufacturing of materials and products using bio-based components. Enzyme technology will also continue to impact fields such as recycling and upgrading of raw materials, novel food and feed, protein technology, surface functionalization, crosslinking, and fine chemicals. A wide understanding of structure-function relations in proteins and the fields of applications are needed. Tools such as structural analysis, protein engineering, recombinant production, molecular modelling, directed evolution are important for a successful research program. An understanding of advanced screening methods, the use of genomic data, and artificial intelligence/machine learning will further advance the field.

As a professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (, you will establish and lead your own research group. You will be responsible for education in the field of enzyme technology and participate in biotechnology teaching at BSc, MSc, and doctoral level.

Scientific Environment

The department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) (, one of the three departments in the School of Chemical Engineering, has an internationally leading reputation in basic and applied research for the conversion of natural resources to chemicals and advanced materials. It is one of the leading European research and higher education institutions in the field of sustainable chemistry and engineering for the utilization of renewable resources. BIO2 aims to contribute to the development of novel solutions to move towards sustainable primary production and processing systems that can produce materials with less environmental impact and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. At the BIO2 department, the enzyme technology professor will have numerous opportunities to link feedstocks and processing to the utilization and products of lignocellulose and other industries. There are excellent facilities for protein research, recombinant protein technology, and bioprocessing for enzyme production.  Within bioscience, the department has research in bioprocess engineering, molecular biotechnology, microbial physiology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, biomolecular, and bio-hybrid materials.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for applicants who have:
  • a doctoral degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, microbiology, or another related field
  • a research background supporting the topic of enzyme technology
  • relevant teaching experience
  • a strong publication record
  • experience in international collaborations and projects
  • documented experience in obtaining research funding

Applicants with an industrial background in addition to a scientific career are very welcome. The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research work, teaching and academic leadership and activity in the scientific community.

What we offer

We offer a research-oriented environment, with highly functional laboratories and research infrastructure ( The research groups form a collaborative environment that supports the development of bio-based solutions and provides beneficial interactions and common research topics.

We offer the possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community where the students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.

Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services and retirement benefits. Finland is a healthy and safe living environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable day care, free schools and universities, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world. For more information about living and working in Finland, see .

The salary is determined based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Activities of the department are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area).

Tenure track in Aalto University

The position is a tenure track position. Individuals appointed to the tenure track have the opportunity to conduct research and/or artistic work and teach in order to build academic merits towards qualifying for an appointment to a tenured position. 

Since 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young talent to join the Aalto University community. Throughout their careers, those in the tenure track system are expected to conduct and supervise artistic/scientific research and/or artistic/design work, to provide related academic education, contribute to developing their field or discipline, as well as contribute to academic service the university and beyond in the society. For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application no later than 31.8.2023 through our recruiting system by using the "Apply" link.

If you are an employee at Aalto, please note that you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday. Please use your existing Workday user account.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English and in PDF form:
  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - please use the template recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. Please also include names and contact information for references.
  • List of publications (with 10 most relevant publications regarding this position highlighted)
  • Research portfolio - a concise reflection on the merits and highest achievements in research (max 2 pages) and a description of past research and plans for future research (max 5 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio according to Aalto University’s guidelines - see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate

Aalto University uses external reviews to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process. The most suitable applicants will be invited to visit the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems and deliver teaching demonstrations.

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV are given at

Applicants are also encouraged to provide their Researcher ID ( or corresponding information in the application.

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: and

Further information

For additional information about the position, please contact Professor Markus Linder, or in questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Partner Noora Katisko (

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family - it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland:,

Finland is an R&D oriented high-tech society committed to increase annual R&D input to 4% of GDP. Finland has been the forerunner in the development and production of industrial enzymes and within forest biotechnology. In addition to these major commercial established activities, novel industrial bioprocesses are currently being developed e.g., within cellular food, circular economy and fuel compounds in research organizations and private companies. This results in continuing need for bioprocess professionals and enables industry related projects.


Aalto-yliopistossa tiede ja taide kohtaavat tekniikan ja talouden. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta saavuttamalla läpimurtoja avainalueillamme ja niiden yhtymäkohdissa. Samalla innostamme tulevaisuuden muutoksentekijöitä ja luomme ratkaisuja maailman suuriin haasteisiin. Yliopistoyhteisöömme kuuluu 13 000 opiskelijaa ja yli 4500 työntekijää, joista 400 on professoreita. Kampuksemme sijaitsee Espoon Otaniemessä. Monimuotoisuus on osa meitä, ja teemme jatkuvaa työtä yhteisömme monimuotoisuuden ja syrjimättömyyden varmistamiseksi. Siksi kannustammekin päteviä hakijoita taustasta riippumatta liittymään yhteisöömme.

Aalto-yliopiston Kemian tekniikan korkeakoulun Biotuotteiden ja biotekniikan laitos hakee

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Tutustu laajempaan tehtävänkuvaukseen ja hakuohjeisiin yllä olevassa englanninkielisessä hakuilmoituksessa.

Lisätietoja tehtävästä antaa professori Markus Linder ( Rekrytointiprosessiin liittyvissä kysymyksissä voit olla yhteydessä HR Partner Noora Katiskoon (

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