Call For Applications - Aalto Science Fellows
Aalto Science Institute, Aalto University

The Aalto Science Institute invites nominations and applications for 3-5 Aalto Science Fellows.

DESCRIPTION: The Fellows have freedom and support to pursue their research agenda independently, with opportunities for collaboration with research groups at the Departments of the Aalto University School of Science. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, but top-quality scientific research is the primary requirement. The length of the contract period is three years.

NOMINATIONS: Fellows can be nominated by established academics by contacting the Dean of the School of Science, Professor Kimmo Kaski (tel. +358-9-470 24825, e-mail Please provide a brief description of the candidate and your expression of support for the nomination. Selected candidates will then be requested by the Institute to submit a full application. Interested candidates may also apply directly by submitting a full application as described below.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The candidate should send their application per e-mail to the Aalto University registry at address: The cover letter should be addressed to the Dean of the School of Science, and should contain the name and contact details of the applicant, together with a mention about how the applicant became informed about the position. The application documents should be attached to the e-mail in the form of a single pdf file consisting of a cover letter and the following appendices in the indicated order:
1. Complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history. If the applicant's doctoral degree is still pending, then an up-to-date study transcript and a plan for completion of the degree must be provided.
2. List of publications including brief synopses and assessment of scientific significance of at most three of the most relevant publications.
3. A research statement of at most three pages outlining planned work in the fellowship period, and the candidate's motivation for pursuing the research Aalto University.
4. Names and contact details of two senior academics available for reference.

Review of applications begins on 3rd December 2012, and the final deadline for submissions is 14th December 2012.

QUALIFICATIONS: In the review process, emphasis is put on the strength of the candidate's academic track record, together with the substance, innovativeness, and feasibility of the research plan. The candidate's potential for collaborations with other researchers at the Institute and the participating Departments is also assessed. However, since an important goal of the programme is the internationalization of research performed at Aalto University, the applicant should have initiated an independent research career outside of Aalto. An excellent command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

SALARY: The salary level for the Fellows is between 3500 and 4700 Euro/month, depending on experience and qualifications. The contract includes Finnish occupational health and social security benefits, and the Institute supports the Fellows' travel up to a level of 5000 Euro/year.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information, please contact AScI executive committee chair, Prof. Pekka Orponen (institute information, tel. +358 500 819491) or AScI Coordinator Dr. Minna Lind (application process, tel. +358 50 5698451). Email:

Posted 11/4/12