STUE/Assistant or Associate Professor in Urban Physics / Tenure track -tutkija tai -professori, Urban Physics

The higher education community of Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary higher education institution, places its faith in human potential and scientific knowledge. In this community of 35,000 people, leading specialists are addressing pressing global issues, inspired by the challenge of making changes in the world. The spearheads of our research and learning are technology, health and society.   

We are now seeking an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the field of Urban Physics

At Tampere University, we are working to solve society’s major challenges and create new opportunities by linking pioneering research and innovation, promoting interdisciplinary education and life-long partnerships, and generating unique expertise for industrial and public-sector implementation. As set out in our strategy, our mission is to work together to build a sustainable world!  

The position is placed in the Faculty of Built Environment where we work towards creating a sustainable built environment. We conduct high-quality scientific and applied research in the fields of architecture and civil engineering and provide higher education based on this research. Our unique research environment promotes collaboration and innovations and opens opportunities to pursue new avenues of multidisciplinary research and education.   

The research interests of our faculty and staff cover a wide variety of topics relating to the built environment. We carry out research in close collaboration with our external stakeholders. Our research not only meets international standards of excellence but also delivers practical benefits, thereby making a significant positive impact on the broader society. The utilisation and development of the built environment has a central role in building economically, ecologically and socially sustainable societies. Research will be conducted in profiling area of Sustainable Transformation of Urban Environments (STUE).

Job description

The tenure track position in Urban Physics covers research and education activities related to the the science and engineering of physical processes in urban areas. Urban physics is an interdisciplinary field addressing societal challenges such as climate change, energy, health, pollution, equity, security, mobility and aging in the context of cities and its implications for human health and well-being, biodiversity, resource flows and climate policy. It refers to the indoor and outdoor urban environment and interconnections at multiple scales (i.e. individual buildings through to building stock, city, regional, national and even global scale).  While this position is research-oriented it includes some teaching responsibilities, which are mainly connected to the international Sustainable Urban Development degree programme.

We are looking for an ambitious scholar with a doctoral degree and research merits from a relevant field. Your research interests could include some of the following themes: urban heat island effects, microclimate, urban metabolisms, resource flows, future climate change adaptations, carbon neutral society, equitable transition, behaviour modelling, urban energy simulations and predictive models, energy simulation of building stocks at regional or national scale, air pollution, CO2, urban population health, smart cities, performance of complex urban systems, and interconnections of any of these with population health and policy implications at different scales. Evidence of an inter-disciplinary approach and working at the interface of people, buildings and the city is desirable.


 Assistant Professor   

 We require:   

  • applicable doctoral degree;   

  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high international level of excellence;     

  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position.  

In addition, a track record of post-doctoral international publications will be considered an advantage.

Associate Professor   

 We require:   

  • applicable doctoral degree;  

  • track record of independent scholarly activity;   

  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position;    

  • ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding;   

  • track record of international scholarly activity.    

In addition, a track record of international peer-reviewed publications, international research collaboration and successfully finished projects will be considered an advantage. 

We offer   

Initial appointment as an assistant professor and associate professor will be for five years. Subject to successful performance, you will become a tenured faculty member at the end of the first five-year period. You will be well supported throughout the five-year period to ease your transition to a tenured position. Please read more about the tenure track career system at Tampere University. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.   

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The starting salary range will be from €4,000 to €4,600/month for an assistant professor, from €4,600 to €5,300/month for an associate professor. A higher salary may be agreed upon based on the successful candidate’s experience and/or performance.    

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, good facilities for teleworking, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University.      

You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground    

Tampere, located between two big lakes, is Finland’s second largest city area and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries. The nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. This, combined with a strong industrial tradition, make Tampere a unique environment for living and working. At present the region hosts a great deal of industry and service businesses, and the City of Tampere is a major hub for the Finnish ICT industry. For more information about Tampere, please see VisitTampere and BusinessTampere.   

Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world, including, for example, sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. For more information about Finland, please visit InfoFinland and This is Finland.   

How to apply  

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is Monday June 21st  2021 (at 23.59 EEST, GMT+2 / 21.59 UTC).   

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:   

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines;   

  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate your ten most important publications and include links to them. You can also combine the publications into a cloud file and add a link to the file to your list of publications;   

  • Teaching portfolio (according to Tampere University guidelines);    

  • A research plan (max. 4 pages) including your research vision in this field and a plan for your research for the next 5 years;   

Candidates may be invited for a video interview during the first stage of the recruitment process. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an personal interview and may undergo an aptitude assessment. They will also undergo a review by external experts and may be required to give a demonstration of their teaching skills.    

For more information, please contact:  

For more information about the position, please contact:

Dean Antti Lönnqvist,

 With questions about the application process, please contact HR partner Riikka Hyörinen,


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää:

Haemme tenure track -tutkijaa tai tenure track-professoria (tenure track -urapolun tasot 1-2) Tehtävän alana on Urban Physics.

Rakennetun ympäristön tiedekunnassa teemme korkeatasoista arkkitehtuurin ja rakennustekniikan alojen tieteellistä ja soveltavaa tutkimusta sekä annamme näihin tutkimusaloihin liittyvää ylintä opetusta. Muodostamme ainutlaatuisen vuorovaikutus- ja innovaatioympäristön, jossa avautuu mahdollisuuksia monialaisiin rakennetun ympäristön koulutus- ja tutkimusavauksiin. Tavoitteenamme on olla kansallinen tiennäyttäjä rakennetun ympäristön tutkimus- ja koulutuskysymyksissä sekä toimia omilla vahvuusaloillamme kansainvälisesti näkyvänä ja arvostettuna toimijana ja yhteistyökumppanina.

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Application period starts: 2021-05-20 10:00Application period ends: 2021-06-21 23:59