Assistant Professor in Water Engineering

Aalto University

Otaniemi, , FI

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 campus is located in Otaniemi, about 10 km west from the city center of Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for:

Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Water Engineering

Job description: We seek for ambitious and enthusiastic professor in water engineering with in the area of water resources and hydraulic engineering. The position is under the Water and environmental engineering research group and links to teaching in the Master’s programme ( and the ENG Doctoral programme (  

Requirements and evaluation process: The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level. The Aalto tenure track principles are explained at

Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in a discipline relevant for this position (e.g., in water resources / environmental engineering or civil engineering), and should demonstrate excellent research potential in addition to good teaching ability.

A successful candidate contributes to cutting-edge research and education in the areas including but not limiting to: water resources management, urban hydrology and stormwater management, catchment hydrology, river and hydraulic engineering, nature-based water management solutions, and environmental hydraulics. A successful candidate has a strong science-based methodological background in areas such as hydrology and hydraulics, combining theoretical modeling and experimental approaches.

Following Aalto University’s strategy, we are looking for a person whose research and teaching relate to University-level focus areas of human-centred living environment, digitalisation, and sustainable use of natural resources. Human societies are facing grand challenges, such as rapid urbanisation and land degradation under changing climate, management of the finite land and water resources, and widespread environmental pollution. The balance between natural and human-made environment requires novel and innovative solutions securing sustainability, livelihood, and sufficient water resources. The new professorship strengthens our ability to address these challenges through world-class research and generation of high impact toward sustainable future societies. Furthermore, the applicant should be willing and able to foster active teaching collaboration at the department, be able to acquire external research funding from Finnish and international sources, and be able to demonstrate potential regarding societal impact of research. For foreign candidates, the language requirement is fluency in written and spoken English. The recruited candidate will be encouraged to learn Finnish.

Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the Tenure track system at Aalto University and is mainly based on research merits as well as the applicant’s potential to develop into a world-class scientist. In all levels of the tenure track system, a professor is expected to perform high-quality research and teaching at post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate levels, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership. Advancements in the tenure track are based on scheduled performance assessments, which take into account the candidate’s merits in all these areas.

Research environment: The Department of Built Environment is an internationally oriented community that has 28 professors and more than 170 employees from 18 countries. The department is further divided into five units focusing on the following themes: water and environmental engineering, real estate economics, spatial planning and transportation engineering, geoinformatics, and measurement and modelling of built environments.

The new professor position aims to strengthen and complement the methodological expertise and the thematic rigor of the Water and environmental engineering research group. The group’s research and teaching currently covers areas of water and development, water governance, water resources management and environmental hydraulics, and water and wastewater engineering. Our work has strong basis on taking advantage of the digitalization within the water field, including data explosion, simulation modelling, and sensor and remote sensing technologies. We exploit open big data on water resources along with various types of social, economic and environmental information. We address methodological development and applications in computational hydrology and environmental hydraulics, global water challenges and water policies and planning. Our themes extend to resource efficient drinking water production and wastewater treatment through developing the process technologies, intelligent and smart water supply and sewer collection systems, and hydroinformatics. The research infrastructure of the group includes water quality and environmental hydraulics laboratories. The group hosts the Master’s Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering, educating master and doctoral level students to have strong competence and identity in the field.

Salary: The salary of the professor is based on the salary system of Aalto University, but applicants may also state their own salary requirements. The contract also includes occupational health benefits. The position has a start-up package.

How to apply: The application material for the tenure track position includes:

  • Cover letter including a summary of merits, most important achievements, and motivation for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae (with contact information, see recommendation about cv at  
  • Complete list of publications (with up to ten most significant publications highlighted)
  • Five most significant publications, to be submitted in full-text electronic form
  • Research statement describing past research and plans for future research (max. five pages)
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Names and contact information of 6 referees

All material should be submitted in English. The material will not be returned. The documents are to be submitted in PDF format and the file names are to follow the format documentname_lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g. cover letter _ lastname_firstname.pdf).

Applications with attachments (in PDF format) for the tenure track position are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University and submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than 3 August 2020 (before midnight Finnish time).

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

For more Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Riku Vahala, [email protected] or Professor Harri Koivusalo, [email protected]. For questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen, [email protected]

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

In Espoo, 8. May 2020


Tenure track in Aalto University

The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals placed on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.





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