Positions For Postdoctoral Researchers In Civil Engineering

Country: Finland;

City: Espoo

Vacancy added: 06.02.2019


Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 15.03.2019


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 during the autumn 2019 or 1st of January 2020 at the latest. The position is intended for full-time work.

Positions is 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.

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.       Building design and construction

The mission of the Building Design and Construction research group is to integrate the design and construction fields by coming up with new research-based knowledge to support the transformation of AEC-industry. In building design, the basis of our work is structural analysis, computational engineering and experimental methods, with 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. The research group includes a multidisciplinary group of 12 professors from both design and construction fields. The research group aims to be internationally known. By achieving our mission to change the AEC-industry, we will promote the well-being of current and future generations. For more information, please visit: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-civil-engineering/building-design-and-construction

 2.       Mineral-based materials and mechanics

The focus of the research is particularly on developing new industrial solutions and innovations needed in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of civil-engineering applications relying on mineral-based materials. The target is in assuring the strength, durability and sustainability of solids and structures in the build environment. The focus area brings together a set of civil engineering practices and professions that deal with mineral-based construction materials or products and structures applying such materials. The research of mineral-based materials and mechanics embraces the study of soils, aggregates, rock, concrete and other building materials so that the strength and durability of various civil engineering structures can be assessed and assured. The research comprises the development of various computational modelling and numerical methods for enhancing the use of pressure and time-dependent materials in the built environment. The group consists of seven professor. For more information, please visit: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-civil-engineering/mineral-based-materials-and-mechanics

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 (within the past four years) 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).

-          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

-          Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them

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 15th of March 2019. 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 and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. Emails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

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

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