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Professor, Process Systems Engineering
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 14, 2023
Title Professor, Process Systems Engineering
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T106 Chemical and Metallurgical Eng
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
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. 

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (CMET) focuses on sustainable utilization of raw materials, designing and developing more efficient processes for new materials and products. We as chemical engineers contribute to the future society with sustainable processes enabling circular economy and bioeconomy. Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is one of the three departments in the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University. 

The department is in a key position in research related to chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these. Our core competences include unit operations and processes, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalytic processes and materials, polymer engineering, process control and process systems engineering. 

We are now looking for enthusiastic professionals to a 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 is dependent on the positioning on the tenure track, either on fixed or permanent term.  

Job description  
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering launches a new tenure track professor position in the field of Process Systems Engineering. The position is linked to Plant Design, Process Control and Automation, and Digitalization within Chemical Engineering.  

We expect that you will contribute to our teaching in our courses related to process systems engineering, plant and process design, modeling, optimization and production planning. Your research focus areas in chemical engineering could be  
  • Multiscale modelling and control 
  • Simulation-based process design and synthesis 
  • Computational tools and physics-aware machine learning, hybrid systems, and data analytics (AI/ML/optimization/simulation) 
  • Multi-level system optimization and connected systems 

Other potentially relevant areas are  
  • Energy integration 
  • Sustainable supply chains (circular economy)  
  • Combining economic and ecological targets 

Your role and goals  
Global transition towards more sustainable processes requires investigations and development based on artificial intelligence tools and educate competent people with the appropriate skills. Your role will be significant in reaching these goals as a research leader and teacher.   

The applicant ought to possess competence to lead research and teaching in process systems engineering. As a professor at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering you will establish and lead your own research group. You will be responsible for education in the field of process systems engineering at BSc, MSc, and doctoral level.  

Your experience and ambitions  
We are looking for candidates possessing: 
  • a doctoral degree in chemical engineering or related field 
  • a research background supporting the topic of process systems engineering 
  • relevant teaching experience 
  • a strong publication record 
  • experience in international collaborations and projects 
  • documented experience in obtaining research funding 

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research work, teaching and academic leadership and activity in the scientific community.  Industrially oriented applicants are also welcome and encouraged to reflect their industrial and societal impact. 

What we offer  
We offer a research-oriented environment, with highly functional research infrastructure. The research groups focusing on modeling and simulation of unit operations and unit processes, plant and process design, and process automation form a collaborative environment that supports the development of process systems engineering and provides beneficial interactions and common research topics. 

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. Aalto University supports teaching staff to develop further as a teacher by providing pedagogics courses in broad variety. 

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 share the following application materials with us in English and in PDF through our recruitment system by 20.08.2023
  • 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. 

Further information 
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen. In questions related to the recruitment process, HR Partner Alice Björklund. Emails ( 

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Tenure track in Aalto University  
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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