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 in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.
The School of Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. The main task of the School of Engineering is to renew technologies related to the technical industry and the built environment through scientific research, technological innovation and inspiring education. Our objective is to create new knowledge, information and solutions to serve the goals of sustainable development. Our research topics are highly relevant to the surrounding society, connecting theory with practice. Collaborative projects with the technological industry and the surrounding society have been a trademark for decades. Our research focus areas are Multidisciplinary Energy Technologies, Sustainable Built Environment, Marine and Arctic Technology, Mechanics and Materials and Systems Design and Production.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MECHATRONICS (tenure track)
At the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the about 300 staff members, with 28 tenure track professors, research, teach, develop and create solutions targeting social need and shaping a safe and efficient future generation of materials, manufacturing, structures, machines, ships, energy flows and systems. The department’s multidisciplinary research converges on the arctic technology, sustainable energy vectors, and digital twin world. The focus areas of education are in mechanics and energy science and technology. The Department has strong links to industry and generates growing impact that can be seen in business and society. The demographics of the Finnish economy drives the industry to search for growth with innovations in the global market.
We are now looking for an assistant professor of mechatronics that will be placed in Mechatronics research group at Department of Mechanical Engineering. In this position you can make a large visible impact by designing future mechatronic machines together with our stakeholders.
As a tenure-track faculty member, you are expected to complement the expertise of the current faculty by bringing new ideas and perspectives into our community. You are also expected to teach in our study programmes with a typical teaching load of about two or three courses per year, supervision at the B.Sc., M.Sc., and D.Sc. levels, and in activities at the curriculum development. You also have a proven record of working with industrial partners as well as with students.
The position will be located at the Aalto University Campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.
We expect you to have background from
- Actuators (e.g. electro-mechanical, electro-hydraulic, hydraulic)
- Power transmission (e.g. vehicle/mobile machine/machine powertrains) and
- Hydraulics (e.g., fluid power systems).
We expect you to continue your research with a clear focus in some of these areas and ability to teach these topics to our students. In addition, we wish you to have experience from one or several of these disciplines: 1) Systematic design of mechatronic machinery or machine components, 2) Digitalisation, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, 3) Measurement, control and condition monitoring of mechatronic systems, and 4) AI applied to mechatronics.
Your role and goals
Your network and team
- Leadership in research (you will build your own team) and raising funds for your team
- Supervising doctoral and Master’s students (often with company partners)
- Responsible teacher for a hydraulics course, preferably in B.Sc. (Tech.) level
Co-creation with other Aalto University stakeholders crossing the school borders is a particular characteristic for this position. Mechatronics group collaborates a lot with academics in electrical power engineering and electronics engineering. Mechatronics group is a proud member of Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “High-Speed Electromechanical Energy Conversion Systems”.
Your experience and ambitions
We are eagerly looking for a candidate, who’s research interest includes theoretical and experimental approaches in research of engineering grand challenges. An ideal candidate, with a relevant doctoral degree, has a track record showing cooperation with company partners and wide understanding and demonstrated capability to cooperate with various stakeholders. Your publications preferably demonstrate a strong focus on mechatronics and show evidence of your ability to translate scientific research to practical level solutions.
After all, we are also looking for a passioned educator, and we can’t highlight too much the importance of teaching and learning activities within the field. In the long term your work will have a social impact also in wider perspective.
As a summary, we have an interesting position for an outgoing young academic, who is able to network with Finnish industries and the academic community at Aalto University and beyond. However, for the right candidate the best part of the job is working with our students and staff.
What we offer
Aalto University provides an inspiring environment for the growth of young talents. Our university has several, globally highly ranked fields of expertise and it is one of the most international universities.
This position belongs to our tenure track system (https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track
) and will be filled to the assistant professor level. Please read more about our tenure track evaluation criteria and requirements at https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/tenure-track-evaluation-criteria
The salary is based on Aalto University salary system, but you can also provide your own salary request.
How to apply
Please submit your application by April 2, 2023
through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now!" link below. (If you are already working at Aalto, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.) Please include the following documents in English as one pdf file:
- Motivation letter
- Curriculum vitae - Please use the template (opens in new window) recommended by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK)
- Research work portfolio - For instructions, visit Policies and Procedures -document, page 24
- The list of publications (with five most significant publications highlighted)
- Copies of the five most significant publications and justification for significance in these five publications and your role in them described
- Teaching portfolio - See Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate (pdf)
- Names, positions, affiliations and e-mail addresses of three (3) senior research leaders available for providing recommendation letters
General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio and CV are at https://www.aalto.fi/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track
For more information
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to professor Petri Kuosmanen, petri.kuosmanen(at)aalto.fi. In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Partner Jenni Koivisto, jenni.koivisto(at)aalto.fi
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