Tenure track promotes organizational commitment
Physicist Esa Räsänen was appointed to a professorship in the Department of Physics in September 2014. He is the first person put on TUT’s tenure track who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, the highest rung on the academic ladder.
Räsänen joined TUT in autumn 2012.
“My tenure track appointment gave me the freedom to pursue a long-term research agenda. The system increases motivation and engagement among faculty members and increases organizational commitment,” he says.
Professor Esa Räsänen
- Born in 1977
- Received his doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology in 2004
- Post-doc researcher at Johannes Kepler University of Linz in 2005 and at Freie Universität Berlin in 2005–2008
- Academy Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä in 2008–2012
- Appointed as Associate Professor (tenure track) at TUT in 2012
- Appointed as Professor of Physics at TUT in 2014
- Visiting Professor at the University of the Basque Country in 2013, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2011
- Appointed as Associate in the Department of Physics at Harvard University in 2013
- Author of 85 peer-reviewed international publications
Räsänen’s area of expertise is in ultrafast nanoscale phenomena that have potential applications, among others, in electronics.
“In addition to quantum phenomena, we explore fractal patterns in our everyday lives, such as rhythmically beating heart cells. It’s early days yet, but the results hold promise for future applications in health technology and other fields.”
The professorship is a dream come true for Räsänen.
“I will continue to actively pursue research together with my highly motivated and enthusiastic research group and our collaboration partners. My group is currently on solid financial footing, as we have secured funding for our projects from the Academy of Finland, the EU and through Nordic research programmes.”
In an increasingly competitive funding environment, researchers are looking for whole new avenues of scientific discovery. Räsänen and his Quantum Control and Dynamics Group (QCAD) are planning to shift their focus more towards cross-disciplinary research.
“For example, the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme opens up exciting new funding opportunities.”