Tenure track positions (3 positions), Energy Technology, School of Technology and Innovations
University of Vaasa

University of Vaasa is taking bold steps forward to become a future-proof university with strong societal impact. Excellence in research and education are our corner stones, combined with close interaction with business ecosystems. We are making major investments in renewal of the academic units and creation of new platforms for innovative interdisciplinary research. Our new organization combines rigorous disciplinary research with challenge driven research platforms; VEBIC - Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre, Digital Economy, and InnoLab - Innovation & entrepreneurship.

We are now inviting applications for tenure track positions that are connected to multi-disciplinary research on sustainable energy and coordinated using a research platform by VEBIC (Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre). VEBIC consists of a combustion engine laboratory, a fuels laboratory, and a smart grid laboratory providing a leading-edge international research infrastructure. These laboratories are complemented by multi-disciplinary research programmes focusing on the wider business and societal impacts of new and sustainable energy technologies. More information: www.vebic.fi

Tenure track positions (3 positions), Energy Technology, School of Technology and Innovations

·         Energy Systems Modelling

School of Technology and Innovations, subject of Energy Technology.

This position is intended to strengthen the methodological, analytical and computational research knowhow in modeling energy systems, aiming at facilitating smart sustainable energy production and consumption using appropriate mathematical, statistical, and advanced computational methods with the help of high performance computing. The position will help to strengthen the present research and teaching areas, and calls for new visions and solutions to important and challenging energy engineering modelling, simulation, and optimisation problems, both in theory and practice. The aim is to support renewable technologies in becoming more cost efficient, more predictable and more easily integrated into the energy system. The modelling seeks to improve renewable energy technologies for deployment in all the main sectors that consume energy: electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and transport.

Expected areas of expertise and interest can include but are not limited to:

·         Numerical methods, simulation, simulation models, optimisation methods

·         Time series methods and models, signal processing, skills in analysis and modeling big data

·         Computational algebra and topology, finite element methods, FEM-based modeling and related analysis

·         Power grid modeling, sensoring, control of wireless sensor networks, IoT

·         Risk management and energy network resilience modeling, cyber security

·         Energy options and analysis in sustainable energy markets


·         Energy Technology: Sustainable and Flexible Energy Systems

School of Technology and Innovations, subject of Energy Technology.

The mission of this tenure track position is to add knowledge on future flexible energy systems requiring totally new planning principles based on optimal utilisation of sustainable, distributed energy resources, energy storages, and different energy vectors both in subsystems and larger systems. Subsystems can be, for example, households, blocks of flats, shopping centres, industrial facilities, hybrid power plants, different types of microgrids, energy villages, or virtual power plants. Energy storages will play a major role as flexible resources in these subsystems.

Intelligent and optimised operation and planning of future sustainable energy systems are also strongly dependent on their business models and market structures. Future operation and planning principles, based on active utilisation of renewables and flexible energy resources, need also development and understanding of compatible business models, regulation, market, tariff, and tax structures, which are based on utilisation of renewables and flexible energy resources taking strongly into account the role of customers.

Expected areas of expertise and interest can include but are not limited to:

·         Distributed energy resources’ (DER) (e.g. generation, energy storages, demand response, electric vehicles, interconnections) potential in network operation and management

·         Cost efficiency and reliability and maximum integration of renewable energy resources (RES)

·         Integration of electricity networks’ flexible energy resources with other energy networks/vectors (heat, biogas, transport, natural gas network, hydrogen) and their simultaneous consideration in the operation of energy systems

·         New planning principles based on optimal utilisation of sustainable, distributed energy resources

·         Future energy market related business models, focusing especially on the role of customers


·         Energy Technology: Internal Combustion Engines

School of Technology and Innovations, subject of Energy Technology.


The position is intended to expand and strengthen the education and research in internal combustion engine (ICE) technology and engine fuels. A world-leading energy company develops energy solutions and manufactures medium-speed gas and diesel engines in Vaasa. The company concentrates its R&D activities to the Vaasa region, and the University of Vaasa is one of the main research partners of the company. The new research platform of the university, VEBIC, will serve as an essential R&D platform for the company, its partners, and subcontractors. Expected areas of expertise and interest can include but are not limited to:

o    Modelling and simulation of the engine and power plant processes, also covering transient loading situations

o    Smart engine control and digital solutions

o   Hybrid applications

All applicants should have excellent academic credentials and demonstrated potential for conducting outstanding research. We are particularly interested in applicants with interdisciplinary interests and strong records of, or potential for, excellence in teaching.

Although the positions are envisioned as appropriate for advanced Assistant or Associate Professor candidates, applications for full Professor will be considered.

Please see the full job advertisement and the Particulars of Appointment for more detailed information about the positions, the selection criteria, and the application process: www.uva.fi/careers

Tenure track at the University of Vaasa

The University’s tenure track procedure offers the recruited person an opportunity to advance to become a professor of their discipline. The selected candidate can advance to the next career stage provided that he/she succeeds in the regular evaluations of the Tenure track scheme. On the basis of the candidate’s experience and competence, he/she will primarily be employed for a fixed term as Assistant professor (2-5 years) or Associate professor (3-5 years). 

Salary and benefits

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and personal work performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). The salary is determined in regular reviews. Typical annual starting salaries incl. holiday bonuses:

·         Assistant professor: €41,500-46,000

·         Associate professor: €46,000-53,000

·         Professor: €64,000-81,700

We recognise and reward personnel in a number of ways incl. financial rewards for publications of high classification. As an employer we invest in the well-being of our personnel by offering extensive occupational healthcare, flexible working hours as well as opportunities for training and competence development. The University of Vaasa was awarded the HR Excellence in Research logo in December 2014. Read more about working with us: www.uva.fi/careers

More information:

·         Deadline for applications: midnight 11th December 2017 (Finnish time, GMT +2).

·         Starting date: as agreed

·         Relocation assistance is offered to candidates relocating from outside of Finland.

·         The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a trial period.

·         www.uva.fi/careers


The University of Vaasa educates responsible leaders and experts for the needs of the future. Our focus areas are management and change, energy and sustainable development, and finance and economic decision-making. The strength of our university is the community spirit, which promotes multidisciplinary studies and research. Our 5,400 students and 500 employees thrive in the most beautiful campus in Finland.

City of Vaasa

Vaasa is a coastal city with almost 70,000 inhabitants and enjoys a position at the forefront of flourishing urban regions. Vaasa has the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries with several global market leaders, total business turnover of EUR four billion, 30 percent of Finland’s total export in energy technology, and 11,000 employees.

Read more about the City of Vaasa and Finland: www.vaasaregion.fi 

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