Tenure track position in sustainable transport planning/ Tenure track -tehtävä, kestävä liikennesuunnittelu

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We are now seeking an assistant professor or associate professor in the field of sustainable transport. 

The position is placed in the Faculty of Built Environment at Tampere University.  Transport Research Centre Verne at faculty’s Civil Engineering Unit promotes developing a sustainable, efficient and human-centred transport system with the means of research, education and their societal impact. Our strength is in analysing the transport system broadly and as wholeness, consisting of passenger and freight transport, their demand and supply, in different transport modes, serving the needs of people, business life and society, connected to land use and urban structure as well as to logistic processes and supply networks.  

Job description  

We are looking for a sustainable transport scholar to expand the research group. You have the ability to lead and collaborate within an international research group and to successfully teach a multicultural student group. You will also, together with colleagues, collaborate in creating and developing a new international master’s degree programme in sustainable built environment with a focus on transport.  

Ideally, you are a future-oriented researcher with a proven capability to acquire funding for, and manage, multi-stakeholder research projects and publish in high-quality journals. You enjoy looking into the system-wide effects of the changes in the transport system and are able to connect your research with related fields, such as civil engineering, urban planning, environmental health, social sciences and new technology.   

Your field of research could include e.g. transport system planning, travel behaviour, mobility management, transport modelling, urban planning, sustainability transitions in transport context, transport engineering, sustainable transport policy or other relevant fields.   


Assistant Professor  

We require 

  • applicable doctoral degree  
  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue it at a high international level of excellence    
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position.  

Associate Professor  

We require  

  • applicable doctoral degree  
  • track record of independent international 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.  

On both Assistant and Associate Professor level we expect you to have a track record of peer reviewed publications and to have strong methodological skills in transport research.  Proficiency in using transport modelling and GIS-software is appreciated.  

  • Experience from supervising bachelor’s, master’s and PhD’s theses, proven skills in managing course modules in the field of transport, as well as pedagogical training are appreciated.   

We offer  

Transport Research Centre Verne at Tampere University has established itself as the leading transport research group in Finland and an internationally recognized contributor in the fields of energy and climate issues of transport and mobility-as-a-service related research. Ongoing research by Transport Research Verne focuses on digitalisation, automation and electrification as driving forces of future mobility.  

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.   

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 and 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 in Tampere by watching our video:  Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground.    

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

How to apply  

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 4 May 2020 (at 23.59 EEST, GMT+3 / 20.59 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 add a link to a folder where these can be downloaded   
  • Teaching portfolio (according the university guideline)   
  • A letter of application in which you set out the reasons why you are applying for the post and why you are particularly suited to it (max. 2 pages)  
  • A research plan with viewpoints describing how your research links to the current research in Transport Research Centre Verne, (max. 5 pages)  

Candidates may be invited for a video interview during the first stage of the recruitment process. The most qualified candidates will be invited to Tampere University for an 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:  

Associate Professor Heikki Liimatainen (heikki.liimatainen@tuni.fi, tel. +358 408490320)   


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: www.tuni.fi 

Etsimme kestävän liikennesuunnittelun alueelle tenure track -tutkijaa (Assistant Professor) tai tenure track -professoria (Associate Professor).   

Tehtävä sijoittuu Rakennetun ympäristön tiedekuntaan Tampereen yliopistossa, Rakennustekniikan yksikön Liikenteen tutkimuskeskus Vernessä. Liikenteen tutkimuskeskus Verne tukee ja edistää tutkimuksen, opetuksen ja yhteiskunnallisen vaikuttamisen keinoin kestävän, tehokkaan ja ihmisläheisen liikennejärjestelmän kehittämistä.   


Etsimme kestävän liikenteen ammattilaista vahvistamaan tutkimusryhmää ja kehittämään yhdessä kollegoiden kanssa uutta kansainvälisen kestävän rakennetun ympäristön maisteriohjelmaa.    

Lue tarkempi tehtävän kuvaus, vaatimukset ja hakuohjeet englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta.    

Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 4.5.2020.   

Application period starts: 2020-03-23 09:00Application period ends: 2020-05-04 23:59