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Aalto University School of Engineering Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in REE
Posted: 10/05/2020

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Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for: Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Real Estate Economics


Job description:

We seek for an ambitious and enthusiastic professor in Real Estate Economics.


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 real estate economics and should demonstrate excellent research potential in addition to good teaching ability. A successful candidate contributes to cutting-edge research and education in real estate economics and has a solid science-based methodological background. The research group has a strong tradition in quantitative and qualitative anal- ysis of real estate markets, and we are seeking to appoint an assistant professor to enhance the quantitative research area. Examples of suitable research focus include (but are not limited to) real estate valuation, commercial real estate markets and housing economics.

Following Aalto University’s strategy, we are looking for a person whose research and teaching interests relate to University-level focus areas of human-centred living environment, digitalisation, and sustainable use of natural resources. Societies are facing grand challenges, such as rapid urbanisation and land deg- radation under changing climate, management of the finite land resources, and widespread wasteful use of 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 depart- ment, be able to acquire external research funding from Finnish and international sources and be able to demonstrate potential regarding the societal impact of research. For foreign candidates, the language re- quirement 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 of 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 consider the candidate’s merits in all these areas.


Research environment: The position is located in the Department of Built Environment, see The department runs a Master’s Programme in Real Estate Economics with 150 students in which the candidate is expected to develop and teach courses.

The Department of Built Environment is an internationally oriented community that has 27 professors and more than 170 employees from 18 countries. The department is further divided into five units focusing on the following themes: real estate economics, water and environmental engineering, spatial planning and transportation engineering, geoinformatics, and measurement and modelling of built environments. The announced position is part of the Real Estate Economics Group, see of-built-environment/real-estate-economics-0. Currently, the Department has 27 professors, of which 7 in Real Estate Economics.


Salary: The salary of the professor is based on the salary system of Aalto University, but applicants may also state their own salary preferences. The contract also includes occupational health benefits. The position includes 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 posi- tion.
  • 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 format
  • Research statement describing past research and plans for future research (max. five pages)
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Names and contact information of 4-6 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 Pres- ident of Aalto University and submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than 30 October 2020 (before midnight Finnish time)

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


For additional information, please contact Professor Seppo Junnila,, or Professor Ari Ekroos, For questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coor- dinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen,


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.


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Tenure track in Aalto University

The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individ- uals placed on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career towards a Full Professor status 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 to recruit top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.


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