Friday, February 19, 2010

[DMANET] Director, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

Director of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT
(deadline 19 March)

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are looking for a
proven leader to be the next Director of Helsinki Institute for
Information Technology HIIT after the former Director was promoted to
vice-rector of Aalto University.

The institute conducts world-level basic and applied research for
information and communication technology. Its research ranges from
fundamental methods and technologies to novel applications and their
impact on people and society.

As the joint research institute of Aalto University and the University
of Helsinki, HIIT has a multinational and multidisciplinary staff of
approximately 200 researchers and administrative personnel and an
annual budget of around EUR 10 million. HIIT partners with several
leading international and Finnish companies as well as with
universities and research institutes in Europe, North America and

HIIT Director Qualifications

* A world-recognized leader in the field of computer science who
has demonstrated a deep and broad understanding of computer
science and information technology, of their applications and of
their impact on users and society
* A visionary and strategist, highly technical, articulate and
sophisticated communicator
* Ability to
o Lead and manage a team of highly skilled research
o Create and articulate management processes and show
o Attract, lead and inspire a diverse group of talented
researchers in a multicultural environment, both on-site and
from afar
o Influence stakeholders, including leaders and
technologists in industry as well as in academic or
university settings
* Promote co-operation with companies, research institutes and the
parent universities
* Doctoral degree

HIIT Director Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the HIIT director include the following:

* Developing and delivering the institute strategy
* Taking responsibility for HIIT's budget and economy as well as
preparing and proposing issues for HIIT's Board of Directors
* Heading the staff of HIIT and leading the recruitment of new staff
* Interacting with funding agencies, institutions and corporations
* Strengthening the institute's relationships with partners and
other stakeholders globally as well as in Finland
* Taking responsibility for HIIT's research contracts

The director works in close co-operation with HIIT's Board of
Directors, the strategic decision-making body of the institute.

The director may carry out scientific research in a core area of HIIT
and teach at the doctoral level.


Both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki shall employ the
director for a period of up to 5 years at a time beginning 1 August
2010. The appointment is renewable.


Applications (including CV, a list of publications, a future vision
for research in information technology and HIIT in general, and salary
expectation) should be addressed to HIIT's Board of Directors. The
deadline for submission of applications is 19 March 2010 at 3:45 pm
Finnish time.

Application addresses: The postal address of the Registrar's Office of
Aalto University is Aalto University, Registrar's Office, PO Box
11000, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland. The e-mail address is The street address of the Registrar's Office is
Otakaari 1 B, Espoo. The applications can be sent by e-mail or as
paper documents. Please note that application documents will not be

Additional information is available from Professor Outi Krause, Vice
Dean of Aalto University School of Science and Technology,, Professor Olli Simula, Dean of Faculty of
Information and Natural Sciences in Aalto University School of Science
and Technology,, Professor Johanna Björkroth, Vice
Rector of the University of Helsinki,
and Professor Esko Ukkonen, Chair of the Department of Computer
Science at the University of Helsinki,

Espoo, 15 February 2010
Aalto University, Espoo
University of Helsinki, Helsinki
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