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Job Description

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 main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Electrical Engineering promotes high-quality science, technology and innovations for the good of Finnish society and all of humankind. In our environment, the natural sciences, engineering and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and promote well-being. With our research, we seek to respond to many challenges posed by sustainable development and our research is applied in mobile devices, electrical networks and in satellites. One of the school’s special strengths is linking research with the Finnish and international business sector. We have our school around 2000 students and the number of doctoral degrees is 50 and yearly graduated master students around 250. Our personnel consist of 700 people, with over 70 professors.

The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering invites applications for


Signal processing is the enabling technology for the generation, transformation, and interpretation of information touching our daily lives in a myriad of ways. It comprises the theory, algorithms, and applications related to processing information contained in many different formats broadly designated as signals. Signal processing uses mathematical, statistical, and computational methods, modeling techniques and algorithms for generating, transforming, transmitting, and learning from signals.

The subfields within signal processing are numerous. The call is in a broad area of signal processing with special emphasis on:
- Signal processing theory and methods
- Signal processing for communications and networking, joint sensing and communication
- Machine learning for signal processing
- Sensor array and multichannel signal processing, radar signal processing
- Signal processing for data science
- Information forensics and security
- Software, circuits and systems for signal processing

We are seeking outstanding individuals who have demonstrated excellence in addressing the above challenges. As a tenure-track faculty member, you are expected to complement the expertise of the current faculty by bringing new ideas and perspectives into our community. You are also expected to teach signal processing courses in master’s and bachelor’s programmes with a typical teaching load of two courses per year.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for applicants with:
- A doctorate in signal processing or related field
- A proven ability to carry out high quality research and publish in top venues of the discipline
- Potential to attract research funding and build up your own research group
- An interest to collaborate with industry
- Ability to build a high-level international collaboration network
- Motivation to teach at undergraduate and/or graduate levels

We offer

- A tenure track position with promotion to tenured position based on merits
- A competitive benefits package including access to health care
- Start-up funding and grant writing support to help you establish your own group
- Excellent collaboration possibilities within the university
- Great future in one of the happiest, cleanest and safest countries in the world, with comprehensive social security system and free education up to university level

Aalto tenure track

This position belongs to our tenure track system and will be filled to the assistant professor level. The salary is based on Aalto University salary system, but you can also provide your own salary requests. Getting tenure and advancement on Aalto tenure track is based on an evaluation of your achievements and merits against the Aalto tenure track criteria. Please see the details about the tenure track path at Aalto at and evaluation criteria at

Scientific environment

The position is situated in the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. The department conducts world-class research in four research areas and groups: Signal processing, speech processing, acoustics and audio signal processing, and metrology. The Signal Processing group focuses on statistical and array signal processing, wireless communication, optimisation, machine learning, radar and multisensor systems. The department has 12 professors, 4 of whom are IEEE Fellows. Our department’s professorial faculty has been extremely successful in attracting funding from academic, industrial and defence sources. The department has an extensive and active network of collaborators in world-leading academic institutes and industrial research groups. There are very strong research groups in the areas of Communication Engineering, Radio Engineering and Circuit Design within the School of Electrical Engineering, providing a critical mass of knowledge for large scale cross-disciplinary research projects.

How to apply

Please submit your application latest on June 18, 2021 through our recruiting system by using the “Apply now!” link below. Please include the following pdf documents in English:

1.Cover letter
2.Curriculum vitae (with contact information and the Researcher ID number)
3.List of publications with the 7 most significant highlighted
4.Research statement describing past research and plans for future research
5.Teaching portfolio describing teaching experience and plans for teaching
6.References from no more than 2 individuals

The application materials should be addressed to the president of Aalto University. The application materials will not be returned. General instructions for applicants including languages requirements and guidelines for compiling the teaching portfolio and CV are at

Selected candidates will be invited to the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics and to Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus in August-September 2021. The short-listed candidates’ applications will be submitted for review by external international experts. Selected candidates will, with their consent, be subject to an aptitude assessment.

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position or us, please contact Professor Risto Wichman ( In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Alina Järvinen ( Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who did not submit applications within the application period.

About Aalto University, Helsinki and Finnish society

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 in Otaniemi is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, start-ups 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.

The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of electrical engineering. As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Finns are proud to say that we have one of the best education systems in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are deeply rooted in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in happiness, clean air and nature, press freedom and consider the many voices in our society a strength. With high investments in R&D, a strong innovation culture, open data and advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship. Gender equality, flexibility and the low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. Having four seasons, clean air and thousands of lakes, we are nature-loving people who take good care of our unique environment.

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Aalto University
Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
Closing Date
June 18, 2021