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Assistant Professor in Autonomous Systems and Robotics, tenure track
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Date Posted May 18, 2020
Title Assistant Professor in Autonomous Systems and Robotics, tenure track
University Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
Helsinki, Finland
Department Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Application Deadline Aug. 31, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Robotics
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Engineering - Other

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 campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in systems science; we develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics. The School is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering invites applications for


Autonomous operation of machines is increasing rapidly in numerous applications from autonomous vehicles to service robots. The operational environment of such systems is complex, such that key subsystems include perception, planning, and control. The operation of autonomous systems requires multiple subsystems to collaboratively solve complicated tasks by local sensing, control, and communication. To design and implement such complex systems one has to understand the underlying interplay between the hardware and physical world, and the available computation, communication, and control resources.

We are seeking outstanding individuals who have shown potential of excellence in addressing one or more challenges in robotics and autonomous systems. The excellence may be demonstrated in a particular application area or by addressing a particular issue in a more general context. We expect the successful candidate to demonstrate research results through experimental verification and/or real-world applications.

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 autonomous systems and robotics topics, with the typical teaching load of two courses per year.

The position will be filled at the assistant professor level. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for applicants with

  • A doctorate in robotics, automation, control engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or another applicable field
  • A proven ability and passion to carry out high-quality research and publish in top venues of the discipline
  • Potential to attract research funding and build up your own research group
  • An interest to collaborate with industry
  • Ability to build a high-level international collaboration network
  • Motivation to teach at undergraduate and/or graduate levels

We offer

  • A tenure track position with promotion to tenured position based on merits
  • A competitive benefits package including access to health care
  • Start-up funding and grant writing support to help you establish your own group
  • Excellent collaboration possibilities within the university
  • Great future in one of the happiest, cleanest and safest countries in the world, with comprehensive social security system and free education up to university level

Aalto tenure track

This position belongs to our tenure track system and will be filled to the assistant professor level. The salary is based on Aalto University salary system, but you can also provide your own salary requests. Getting tenure and advancement on Aalto tenure track is based on an evaluation of your achievements and merits against the Aalto tenure track criteria. Please see the details about the tenure track path at Aalto at and evaluation criteria at

Scientific environment

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation (EEA) focuses on three research areas: Electrical Power and Energy Engineering (EPEE), Control Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), and Health Technology (HTech). In EPEE, we develop new methods, devices, and systems for substantially increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, focusing on making renewables, energy storage, and digital services the essence of power systems. In CRAS, we develop generic methodologies and practices focusing on distributed and networked control systems, field robotics, intelligent robotics, robotic instruments, industry automation systems, and automation software for distributed systems. In HTech, we develop technologies for improved and predictive diagnostic tools and efficient therapeutic methods and offer new analytical techniques for basic medical research focusing on making medical solutions that enable personalized treatments, homecare and data driven clinical decisions. (

The department manages and has access to a substantial amount of research and education infrastructure and is committed to renewal and development of its infrastructure through internal and external funding.

Besides its participation in the School-wide doctoral education, the Department offers a Master’s degree programme in the above focus areas and is heavily involved in the teaching and education in other cross-disciplinary programmes as well.

How to apply

Please submit your application latest on August 31, 2020 through the electrical recruiting system. Please include the following pdf documents in English

1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae (with contact information and the ResearcherID number)
3) List of publications (in which the five most significant publications highlighted and your role in them described)
4) Research statement describing past research and plans for the future research
5) Teaching portfolio describing teaching experience and plans for teaching
6) List of referees, with contact information

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio and CV are at

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position or us, please contact Professor Jorma Kyyrä, jorma.kyyra(at) In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, jaana.hanninen(at) Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period.

About Aalto University, Helsinki and Finnish society

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of electrical engineering. As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Finns are proud to say that we have one of the best education systems in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are deeply rooted in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in happiness, clean air and nature, press freedom and consider the many voices in our society a strength. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship. Gender equality, flexibility and the low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. Having four seasons, clean air and thousands of lakes, we are nature-loving people who take good care of our unique environment.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Jorma Kyyrä
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
    Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
    Maarintie 8, Espoo


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