Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

The objective of Aalto tenure track career system is to support professors’ academic freedom and to reach world class in research and/or artistic and professional work, teaching and societal impact. To support these objectives, we have established clear principles for our tenure track system:

  • Clear and transparent rules and processes – Clear and transparent criteria and processes for all appointments.
  • Compensation of success – Adequate salary and compensation to motivate people to work towards Aalto’s vision and objectives.
  • Equal opportunity to succeed – Motivation and cooperation increase as people in tenure track compete only with themselves, not against one another.


Tenure track consists of three levels: assistant professor (1st term and 2nd term), associate professor and full professor. During the track, in the position of assistant professor, an individual has the opportunity to conduct research and/or artistic work and teach, and thus gain academic merits in order to qualify for a tenured professor position. At Aalto University, both the tenured associate professor and full professor are permanent professors. In addition, exceptionally merited professors can be invited to the honorary position of Aalto distinguished professor.

Professor’s work profile

The professor’s work includes research or artistic and practice-based work, teaching, societal contribution and activity in the scientific or artistic community. The work profile of each tenure track professor is agreed on with his/her immediate supervisor in the annual objective discussions.

All professors are expected to commit to the Aalto Code of Conduct.