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Funded Postdoc position; in Civil Engineering; at Aalto University; in Finland

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

School of Engineering is an international unit with nearly 70 talented professors and 3400 full-time students. Currently, the department of Civil Engineering has 19 professors together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 110.

Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Civil Engineering

We seek highly qualified and motivated individuals with enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Civil Engineering. The position is for a period of 2 years, with a mid-term review, and should start before January 2018. The position is intended for full-time work.

Positions are part of a larger funding scheme from the School of Engineering that covers altogether 10 positions in the current call. Those positions will be allocated to the successful applicants at the three departments of the school. Appointments will be made so that they will support the implementation of the Roadmap 2017-2021 of Aalto University’s School of Engineering:

Teaching duties of the position are limited to about 10% of working hours and are related to Master’s programs of the Department. In addition, modest activity in fund raising and guiding doctoral and master students is also expected. The Postdoctoral Researcher’s principal task is to conduct high quality research in one or several of the following themes:

  1. Mineral-based materials and mechanics

The Mineral-based Materials and Mechanics Research Group offers deep field-specific expertise to support the use of Finnish soil and rock resources and conditions effectively as part of the built environment. Research also promotes the development of products that utilise these natural resources.

The group applies computational modelling and numerical methods to solids and structures, concentrating on the specific features of pressure-dependent materials, such as low tensile capacity and time-dependent behaviour. Research also includes the development of numerical tools based on continuum and discrete methods and models for the needs of the both research groups of the department. The instant industrial needs of the research in Finland relate to such topics as the safety of nuclear facilities, use of soil and rock as the source of thermal energy, techniques for mineralogical characterisation, durability of asphalt and concrete mixtures, and new composite materials to increase the tension capacity of mineral-based materials.

2.       Building design and construction

The target of the building design and construction research group is to meet the specific features set by cold, wet winters and temperate summers, which create seasonal alternation between indoor and outdoor conditions. These alternations affect both the structural design and the physical ageing and maintenance of the built environment. Natural conditions also influence the performance and seasonal scheduling of construction works.

Structural engineering and fire safety research focuses on functional and safe structures built of different materials. The basis of our work is structural analysis, computational engineering and experimental methods, with also an emphasis on connections to architecture. Research on building performance develops solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of energy-efficient, sustainable, healthy, and comfortable buildings. In the research related to information and operations management in construction, enhancing modularity in construction is an objective when focusing on processes, organisations and technologies. Additionally, requirements related to energy and the environment have created new challenges for builders and building owners.

In the application, the candidate should clearly state the theme(s) his/her research would focus on and indicate how it is in line with the ongoing research of the group.

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within the research groups of related themes. The department has good laboratory facilities including laboratories of structures, concrete, structural physics, fire safety, soil mechanics and asphalt technics.

Qualifications: Applicants must i) have completed a doctoral degree in a related field, ii) manifest a strong background in the research area s/he is applying for, and iii) show a strong publication record. Fluent English is required.

To apply, an application must include:

  • Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
  • Research plan on the selected research area of the Department (mandatory to indicate clearly which one) (max three A4 pages). Will be evaluated against scientific quality and relevance to the School of Engineering’s Road Map 2017-2020
  • CV including publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max three A4 pages)
  • Summary of the Doctoral Thesis (max one A4 page)
  • A certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and its translation, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled with an order specified above).

The application should be sent through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than on 31st of August 2017. Email applications will not be taken into account.

For more information: For further details about the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor Jari Puttonen (as of 10th of July) and for further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi (as of 31st of July). Emails:

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the positions open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Deadline: August 31, 2017

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