Careers at Aalto
The Aalto University inaugurated at the beginning of 2010. The Aalto University builds on Finnish values and strengths to become an international university of world-class stature.
Extensive domestic and overseas networks and good relations with the society around it guarantee that we can constantly remain at the forefront of innovation and development. The University campuses are located in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Lahti, Mikkeli, Pori and Vaasa).
The Aalto University is an international community of approximately 4 000 staff and 17 000 students, which offers its staff an inspiring working environment, challenging tasks, good working conditions and encouraging career systems. As an employer, the university focuses particularly on the well-being of its employees and on developing their competences.
Tenure track is the core academic career system of Aalto University. Aalto tenure track offers well-supported career path aimed at the Professorial level for successful academics. Tenure track is based on the principle of commitment from university and individual to academic career; it has clearly defined expectations, incentives, and assistance in personal development.
Tenure track is based on the principle of mutual commitment involving the University and individual to academic career, with clearly defined expectations as well as adequate resources and support, including competence development. Aalto provides many forms of support for professional growth and competence development, as well as support for knowledge sharing and well-being. These include, for instance, health care, sports activities, and services for international employees.
Forms of support of particular importance for tenure track are research resources, pedagogical and leadership competence development, sabbaticals, and mentoring. Annual discussions provide a forum where these issues are agreed upon.
Structure of the tenure track
The Aalto tenure track structure consists of three basic levels. The tenure track levels are:
- Assistant Professor, (1st and 2nd term); fixed term
- Associate Professor; tenured/fixed term
- Full Professor; tenured
In addition, the Aalto tenure track includes an additional level Aalto Distinguished Professor (tenured), which is reserved to Full Professors with exceptional academic merits.
The Aalto University School of Chemical Technology started its operations on 1 January 2011. It is based on the Faculty of Chemistry and Materials Sciences of the School of Science and Technology (former Helsinki University of Technology).