Positions for multidisciplinary postdoctoral researchers

Published at: 6 May 2021

Positions for multidisciplinary postdoctoral researchers

Application closes on 31 May 2021

Department of Built Environment, School of Engineering, Aalto University, FINLAND

Further details: https://www.aalto.fi/en/open-positions/positions-for-multidisciplinary-postdoctoral-researchers-in-built-environment

We seek highly qualified and motivated individuals with enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Built Environment. The positions are for a period of 2 years, with a mid-term review, and should start during the autumn 2021 or 1st January 2022 at the latest. The positions are intended for full-time work.

The Postdoctoral Researcher’s principal task is to conduct high quality multidisciplinary research related to a theme which links together at least two of the following research fields:

  • geoinformatics
  • real estate economics
  • spatial planning and transportation engineering
  • water engineering

Research plans with sustainability aspects are encouraged.

Aalto University's strategy focuses on shaping a sustainable future, building on three core values of collaboration, courage and responsibility as well as three cross-cutting approaches of entrepreneurial mindset, radical creativity and sustainable solutions. The applications should consider Aalto's strategy and clearly state the multi- and/or interdisciplinary character of the planned research. The candidates are also encouraged to consider how their research links to the three cross-cutting approaches of Aalto's strategy. In the motivation letter, 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 different groups working in the department (see Department of Built Environment | Aalto University) .

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, some activity in fund raising and guiding doctoral and master students is also expected.

Research environment: The Department of Built Environment looks for practical solutions for a society whose functioning requires sustainable asset management, efficient water and waste management, sufficient water resources, reliable and safe transportation as well as valid geospatial data. A cross-cutting theme in the department is the use of geospatial data and methods, which are interpreted broadly so that they comprise techniques and methodologies of positioning, navigation, geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, laser scanning, spatial data science and geovisualization. Intelligent spatial planning enables built environments that best serve the needs of habitation, business and mobility. The Department of Built Environment runs four Master’s Programs related to these themes and conducts world-class research in, e.g., projects funded by the Academy of Finland and European Research Council (ERC).

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, the application should include:

  • Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
  • Research plan (which should outline the multidisciplinarity of the project and indicate which research fields of the department the work connects) (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) no later than 31.5.2021. Email applications will not be taken into account.

For more information: For additional information, please contact professor, Head of Department Riku Vahala (riku.vahala@aalto.fi). In recruitment process–related questions, please contact HR-coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen (kirsi.karkkainen@aalto.fi)