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Dean for the School of Engineering at Aalto University
Aalto University

Date Posted Sep. 6, 2022
Title Dean for the School of Engineering at Aalto University
University Aalto University
Aalto, Finland
Department T200 School services, ENG
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
At the Aalto University School of Engineering, sustainable development is a central part of research, education and impact. The focus areas of our research are multidisciplinary energy technologies, mechanics and materials, sustainable built environments, marine and Arctic technology, and system design and production. Our multidisciplinary and ambitious community includes 580 employees, 70 professors, 140 full-time doctoral researchers and 3 300 bachelor’s and master’s degree students.

Dean for the School of Engineering at Aalto University

As our current Dean’s term of office is coming to an end, we are now seeking a new Dean for the School of Engineering to further empower our community towards excellence in academic and societal impact.

Your goals

As our Dean, you will lead and manage activities at the school and ensure steady progress towards high-ranking international excellence and influence in our fields. You will be a key contributor in further raising the impact and international profile of the school in the coming years. You have the drive and capacity to lead the school towards our ambitious goals as well as promoting the common goals of Aalto University.

More specifically, you will be responsible for:
  • leading and managing all school operations with an ambitious vision, clear strategy, well communicated goals and active collaboration and dialogue
  • providing academic leadership and ensuring excellence in both research and education
  • leading the school organisation of 580 faculty and experts
  • contributing actively to fundraising efforts and fulfilling the school’s fundraising potential
  • building and nurturing mutually rewarding relationships with key stakeholders in the field, both nationally and internationally
  • managing the school strategic and operative plans and budget
  • handling administrative personnel and degree related issues such as proposing, appointing and hiring personnel, admitting students and awarding degrees, and
  • other duties assigned by the Board, the President, and the bylaws of the school

As a member of the university’s top leadership team, you actively contribute to university-wide goals and actively engage with the other schools and the Aalto community as a whole. The position is fixed-term for a period of 5 years, with a possibility for a second term. You report to the provost.

Your experience and skills

To succeed in this role, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field, an excellent academic track record, and experience in at least one of the fields represented by the school. You have strong experience in leading, managing and inspiring academic communities either as a Dean, Vice Dean, Department Head or in an equivalent management position. Understanding Aalto´s unique profile combining cutting-edge technology, art, design and business, you are committed to promoting multidisciplinarity. Your leadership skills are excellent, and you are an enabling leader with willingness to give people freedom to excel while working toward a shared vision.

You have broad international networks relevant to the field and a solid commitment to foster domestic visibility and networking. You communicate fluently in English within our international and multicultural working environment. Knowledge of Finnish is an asset, but not compulsory.

Your passion and ambitions

As a strategic thinker, you have the ability to see the big picture and build common understanding of the vision for our school. We value your strong communication, interaction and collaboration skills in leading our diverse academic community. In addition, you are committed to promoting cross-disciplinary thinking across the whole university. You foster excellent relations with other Aalto schools, student bodies and other internal and external stakeholders. As an open-minded, solution-oriented and inclusive person, you embrace the values of diversity and equality. You have a high level of ambition and integrity, and strong motivation to paving our way towards the top of our fields.

Want to join us in shaping a sustainable future?

Please send your CV (max. 3 pages) and a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) as separate attachments (pdf-format), in English. In your motivation letter, please include a) your reason for applying for this position and, b) your vision for research, higher education and societal impact in the fields represented by the School of Engineering. Applications are to be submitted through the link "Apply now!" no later than 23 September, 2022.

Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via the internal HR system Workday (keyword Find Jobs) by using their existing Workday user account (not via the external webpage for open positions).

Recruitment committee Chair, Professor Jukka Tuhkuri ( and Committee Secretary Minna Tuusa ( are happy to answer any questions you might have.


About Aalto University   

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of over 12,000 students, 400 professors and more than 4,000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland.

We believe that people from diverse backgrounds can together reach the best results. Diversity is part of who we are. Over 40% of our academic faculty come from outside Finland. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply, as we want to ensure the continued diversity and inclusiveness of our community. Aalto is committed to equal and transparent recruitment procedures.  

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.

School of Engineering - Building a sustainable society

At the School of Engineering, sustainable development is a central part of research, education and impact. The focus areas of the research are multidisciplinary energy technologies, mechanics and materials, sustainable built environment, marine and Arctic technology, and system design and production. International top-level research is supported by an excellent infrastructure.

Our strengths are solution-oriented systems expertise and a tradition of experimental research, social interaction and effectiveness, and technical expertise. We formulate new information and technological concepts that are verified through experimentation and analysis, and we promote and demonstrate enabling technologies for industry and the built environment.

The School of Engineering has three departments: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Built Environment. Our multidisciplinary and ambitious community has 580 employees, 70 professors and 140 full-time doctoral researchers, and 3,300 students. More information at

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