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Doctoral Candidate in Enhancing Resiliency of Bridge Structures using Intelligent Monitoring Systems

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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for

Doctoral Candidate in Enhancing Resiliency of Bridge Structures using Intelligent Monitoring Systems 

The Department of Civil Engineering is seeking an outstanding Doctoral Candidate for research onenhancing resiliency of bridge structures using intelligent monitoring systems. The doctoral candidate position is available in the bridge research group. Applicants interested in other research topics related to bridge maintenance and rehabilitation, structural healthy monitoring, redundancy and residence evaluation of bridge structures, are also welcome to apply.


Structural damage determination, monitoring and estimating resistance in disaster or accident conditions of bridges is one of the most challenging issues in civil engineering. Failure and deterioration of bridges can cause significant safety and economic costs. With the development of smart sensors, integrating intelligent monitoring systems into bridge structures provide a possibility to enhance their reliability and long-term resiliency. 

The candidate will investigate the use of smart sensing systems in different stages (construction stage, service stage, and damaged condition) of bridges structures, and hence, potentially, providing a radical shift in the way these bridges are constructed, inspected and maintained throughout their lifetime. The candidate will perform experimental studies and numerical analyses to investigate the performance of the monitoring system as well as the bridge structures. The research will take into account the bridge behavior in both, actual service conditions as well as realistic damage scenarios. The research will also inspect potential methods of designing smart sensing systems for bridge structures. As already mentioned above, other research topics related to bridge engineering are also welcome. 


Required background: The candidate should have a master’s degree in structural engineering, bridge engineering, or structural mechanics, with excellent or very good grades. The ideal candidate also has background in structural healthy monitoring, smart sensors. Knowledge of uncertainly or reliability analyses is considered an advantage. 

Expected skills and knowledge: Be able to use at least one structural analysis software and be able to perform structural tests independently are essential requirements. Capability to collaborate in an international research community with English language is also needed.

Contract and salary

The doctoral candidate position is contract-based; one year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extensions ab to four years depending on the achievements during the first contractual period and on an admission to do postgraduate studies in the School of Engineering.

In a maximum of four years, the doctoral candidate is required to 1) complete the doctoral dissertation, 2) finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits and 3) participate in teaching and publish journals. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University:
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities.

For more information 

For further details, please contact Associate Professor Weiwei Lin ([email protected]) and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari,

How to apply

The applications for the doctoral candidate position are to be submitted through eRecruitment System (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than Monday, January 13, 2020. 

Required application documents:

  1. CV
  2. A motivation letter
  3. A certified copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English. (Minimum average grading requirements:
  4. A summary of the master thesis and accounts for suitability of the candidate for this doctoral candidate position. Maximum one A4 page is allowed for the document.
  5. Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them. (Language skill proof requirements:
  6. A list of publications, if any

All material should be submitted in English and in PDF format.

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

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