Tenure track Professor at FGI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

Would you like to work in one of the best laser scanning and photogrammetry laboratories in Europe?

The National Land Survey produces services, information and research about the Earth including land surveying, property information maintenance, map data production, registrations of title and mortgages, development of ICT systems, and promotion of the research and application of spatial data. NLS has approximately 1,800 employees around Finland.

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) at the National Land Survey conducts innovative research and expert work in Finland in the field of geomatics (remote sensing, geoinformatics and geospatial data infrastructures, navigation and positioning and geodesy). FGI is located at Masala in Kirkkonummi and is expected to move to Otaniemi (Aalto University campus, Espoo) in 2-3 years.

Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry studies new, highly innovative mapping solutions and fosters the adaptation of these new technologies to society. The department has more than 40 scientists including 3 professors, and 4 joint professors with universities, and is currently leading e.g. Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research of the Academy of Finland, Academy of Finland SRC project pointcloud.fi, and DroneFinland activity. Outside funding of the department is about 3 M€ annually.

Job description

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI), Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry invites applications for the position of Tenure track Professor in Disruptive Remote Sensing Technologies.

Main tasks of the Tenure track Professor include leadership of research, carrying out cutting edge research personally, leadership of demanding international and academic projects, acquisition of outside funding alone or in collaboration with other professors and group leaders and performing other expert and academic tasks in the field of disruptive remote sensing technologies.

Candidates are expected to describe how their past and planned future work relates to using disruptive technologies in new, highly innovative mapping solutions. Example areas where we are currently applying disruptive mapping technologies in the remote sensing include

  1. Mapping applications using autonomous driving technology
  2. Mobile mapping from various platforms including UAV-based remote sensing (i.e. photogrammetry, laser scanning and hyperspectral sensing)
  3. Use of robotic techniques in mapping
  4. Point cloud processing technologies and applications
  5. Development of single-photon systems and their applications

Our expectations concerning the applicant / Requirements

The applicant should hold a doctorate degree in a discipline relevant for this position and have expertise in remote sensing (photogrammetry, laser scanning and/or hyperspectral sensing) and disruptive technologies.

The applicant should have excellent academic merits, merits in making research that has impact in the societies, proven collaboration skills with national and international scientific and stakeholder communities, and merits in past project leadership. 

Language skills required

The language requirement is fluency in written and spoken English.

Pay policy

The position is for three years and the salary of a Tenure track Professor is placed in the National Land Survey's occupational class 13 (4438,73 €/month) depending on the applicant's competence and experience. In addition, within the occupational classes, a personal salary element of 0–45% of the job-specific salary is paid based on performance.

Candidates are expected to improve their track record during this three years period. After three years, the performance is evaluated for continuation and for potential full research professorship (National Land Survey's occupational class 14).


Research infrastructure of the department is one of best related to remote sensing hardware offering an excellent opportunity to personal development and cutting edge research. Additionally, we offer a nice and international working community, diverse and challenging tasks, flexible working time and working environment, and support of training and skills.


Send your application at the latest 11 March 2019 16:15 o’clock (Finnish Time) to kirjaamo@maanmittauslaitos.fi. The following material should be provided upon applications

  • Application letter summarizing the application and its annexes with links to web sites (1 page)
  • CV (free format)
  • List of publications
  • 2-page track record on scientific achievements and 5 selected papers where excellence in science is demonstrated.
  • 2-page track record on societal impacts (and expected impacts) from the past scientific work
  • 2-page plan for the next three years (research and new projects) showing capacity for new, highly innovative mapping solutions and their potential impact

The scientific achievements of short-listed candidates will be peer-reviewed by international experts. Most potential candidates are interviewed (most probably in April 2019). In case of qualified candidates are not found FGI reserves the right to leave the position unfulfilled.

For more information

Prof. Juha Hyyppä, juha.coelasr@gmail.com
Heli Honkanen, Heli.Honkanen@nls.fi