TENURE TRACK OR TENURED POSITION in Land Use and Transport Planning

Published at: 21 March 2019

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, Department of Built Environment, invites applications for:

TENURE TRACK OR TENURED POSITION in Land Use and Transport Planning

The position can be filled at any level from assistant and associate professor to full professor

Job description

The professorship in land use and transport planning focuses on the integration of land-use and transport systems in urban and regional planning. This includes various academic approaches to integrate the two previously separate disciplines. While addressing topical sustainability challenges, these integrative approaches can concern, for example, smart urban and mobility models and interfaces, urban and regional accessibility and mobility, everyday living and mobility in the built environment, or strategic spatial planning and transport policy. With its emphasis on the interaction of land use and transport systems, the position contributes importantly to building a transdisciplinary groundwork for the Research Group of Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering (SPT), in both its education and research.

For this position, applicants from all fields related to land-use and transport planning are invited to apply, and new openings are encouraged. Experience in both academia and planning practice will be considered a strength.

Our Group

The position is located in the Department of Built Environment. The research groups at the department include Geoinformatics, Real Estate Economics, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, and Water and Environmental Engineering. Currently, the department has 25 professors. The new professor will join the Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering (SPT) Group, which runs its own SPT Master’s programme. The Group has currently four professors: two professors in strategic urban planning and land use planning and two professors in transportation engineering.

The research of the SPT group focuses on three main themes. The first theme relates to every day human behavior and values in the living environment, and relies on a range of economic, psychological and sociological approaches. Understanding human needs for living and moving around urban environments is accompanied with the development of advanced data collection and analysis methods. The second theme, new planning and policy-making methods and processes, studies the complex challenges in planning and management of urban and regional environments. The framing of decision-making methods and processes is done through a simultaneous re-evaluation of governing mechanisms, focus on citizen participation, and analysis of communicative dynamics and activities. The third theme concerns the development and governance of urban and mobility technologies and services, drawing on a deep understanding of technological transition processes and their societal impacts. This research contributes to steering emerging technological pathways of mobility, focusing on such trends as sharing, automation, servitization, and connectivity, as well as to developments in national and international policies and regulation.

With its focus on understanding the complexities of important societal challenges reflected in our everyday environments, the SPT group contributes especially o the Aalto University focus areas of Human-centred living environment and ICT and digitalization, and the focus area of Sustainable built environment of the School of Engineering.


The applicant should hold a doctorate in a discipline relevant for this position and have expertise on the interaction of land-use and transport planning. The applicants will be reviewed based on their merits in research, teaching, academic leadership and activity in scientific community. The applicants’ practical experience in planning will be considered as an additional merit. The applicants must be able to acquire external funding from Finnish and international sources.

For foreign candidates, the language requirement is fluency in written and spoken English. The recruited candidate will be encouraged to learn Finnish.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and supervise scientific research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances in their field, to participate in service tasks for the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.


The salary of the professor is based on the salary system of Aalto University, but applicants may also state their own salary requirements.

How to apply

The application material for the tenure track position includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with contact information and contact details of references)
  • Complete list of publications (with 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

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 documentnamelastnamefirstname.pdf (e.g. application_ 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 May 7th, 2019 (before midnight Finnish time): http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/2279/

General instructions for applicants, including language requirements, and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio and CV are given at www.aalto.fi/en/tenuretrack/forapplicant.

For additional information, please contact Professor Marketta Kyttä, tel. +358 50 5124583, email marketta.kytta@aalto.fi. For questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen tel. +358 50 591 3981, email kirsi.karkkainen@aalto.fi.

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, March 20th, 2019

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.