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Professor, Metallurgy
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 13, 2023
Title Professor, Metallurgy
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T106 Chemical and Metallurgical Eng
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Material/Metallurgy
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 main campus is located in Espoo, 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.

The unique competitive edge of the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering  in the School of Chemical Engineering is based on sustainable utilization of raw materials, designing more efficient processes and developing new materials and products. Our department’s areas of expertise enable sustainable future with high performance products and processes in circular economy and bioeconomy. The department is in a key position in research of chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these. Our core competences include unit operations and processes in chemical engineering, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalyst and polymeric materials, novel catalytic process, process control and process systems engineering.

The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering invites applications for the position of


The position can be filled at any level of the Aalto 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.

The position and our expectations   
A Metallurgy Professor is sought to join the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Aalto University. Aalto University has a unique competence in metallurgy, research group competences covering all parts of the value chain from minerals processing to metallurgy and recycling.  Here, we are looking for a future world-class academic leader in the field of Metallurgy, with strong expertise in high temperature processes.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the teaching and development of Bachelor, Master and post-graduate level education in Metallurgical Engineering with a focus on Pyrometallurgy.

In research, the professor will work in one of the Aalto key research areas, Materials and Sustainable use of natural resources. Professor in Metallurgy initiates research activities in the field, and is a key part of national metallurgical ecosystem involving research and industrial partners. The professor will conduct experimental research in high temperature metallurgy, with an emphasis in material- and energy efficient processing of raw materials, recycling, processing metals from low-grade and complex primary and secondary resources. Professor of Metallurgy will also utilize digitalization tools and modelling as a tool in research.

The position will be in core to influence sustainable use of natural resources, metals refining and recycling and disruption to sustainability, thus we appreciate the professor to:
  • Initiate research projects on metallurgical refining and recycling and utilization of low grade and complex raw materials
  • Produce high-quality research that can be published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Teach at bachelor and graduate levels
  • Initiate and execute research and education projects of an interdisciplinary nature
  • Integrate new interdisciplinary concepts from research output into educational activities, programs, and curricula
  • Disseminate research results to various interest groups including professionals, students, and academics
  • Contribute proactively and collegially to the progress of the school and department and its international visibility
  • Possess practical expertise in societal activities, industry collaboration, entrepreneurial promotion, interaction with stakeholders and collaboration with decision-makers.

Your experience and ambitions
A doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, or a related field is a prerequisite for the position. The applicants will be reviewed based on their excellence and future potential in scientific research and teaching, and their active role within the international science community. We appreciate team players who can build an outstanding and dynamic research line, continuously contributing to research and education within the department on undergraduate and graduate levels, in close collaboration with industry and other research groups within Aalto University, nationally, and internationally.  

What we offer
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a vibrant community of researchers and contribute to the department's strong reputation for excellence in chemical and metallurgical engineering research and education.
At Aalto University you have 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.

The successful candidate will utilize RAMI Raw Materials infrastructure at Aalto University is a sub-section of the national RAMI infrastructure funded by Academy of Finland. The research facility covers the infrastructure at the School of Chemical Engineering that operate in the field of inorganic materials. The department has high-temperature setups for reaction kinetics and thermodynamics measurements at elevated temperatures (1000-1800 °C), as well as versatile material analysis and characterization equipment.

The salary is determined based on applicant's experience and qualifications. 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. More information about living and working in Finland
Activities of the department are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area).

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by August 20th, 2023. (If you are already working at Aalto, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.)

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English and in PDF:
  • 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)
  • A research statement describing your past research and plans for future research and activities.
  • Teaching portfolio (please see the University’s instructions and make sure your teaching portfolio complies with them. See Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate 

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

Aalto University will use external reviewers to support the evaluation of applicants during the recruitment process. Based on the application materials and external evaluations, the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants to visit the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and deliver teaching demonstrations.
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor Mari Lundström. In questions related to the recruitment process, HR Partner Alice Björklund. Emails (
Want to know more about us and your future colleaguesYou can watch these videos: Aalto University - Towards a better worldAalto People , and Shaping a Sustainable Future. And this webpage about Aalto and Finland.   
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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

Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations.

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:

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