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Doctoral candidates in the field of probabilistic modelling and stochastic control of chemical and biochemical systems


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Process Control and Automation group of the Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering is growing. With this call we are searching for up to twohighly motivated




who want to join us in advancing our research at the intersection between statistical machine learning and automatic control. Our team is a vibrant research group bringing together expertise in chemical engineering, control theory and applied mathematics. We are proud to be an innovative group with a focus on state-of-the-art investigations and with a world-class infrastructure for research.


We are offering two fully-funded doctoral candidate positions in the field of probabilistic modelling and stochastic control of chemical and biochemical systems. We explore how data and domain knowledge can be integrated in system level analyses that combine mechanistic modelling, machine learning, control theory, and optimisation. Our main projects regard the dynamics and control of biological and environmental systems where phenomenological representations, model and measurement uncertainty, and probabilistic modelling and programming are combined. We are especially interested in sample-efficient statistical machine learning and deep learning for dynamics and control.

Your experience and ambitions

As a successful candidate you are expected to have an excellent study record in any of the disciplines related to our research, up to the MSc level. If your MSc research is already in the field of system dynamics and control, you can finalise it in our group and then continue with the doctoral studies. Prior experience in at least one of the fields of probability and statistics, control theory, optimisation and numerical analysis is necessary. A consolidated programming experience is also necessary. Moreover, we encourage applications from theorists with an interest in combining formal analysis with numerical simulations.


What we offer

The starting salary of a PhD student is 2450 Eur/month (before taxes), and it increases as you advance in your research and studies. The contract is initially made for one year, with possibility of extension after a successful review of the progress. The total duration of doctoral studies is four years.


For more information

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor Francesco Corona ([email protected]). In matters related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Alice Björklund ([email protected])

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system, at your earliest convenience. (link below)

We aim to fill this position as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

To apply for these positions, please prepare the following documents as a single pdf file:


-          A letter of motivation describing your previous research experience and future research interests (Maximum length: 2 pages);

-          CV, with a description of skills and competences;

-          List of publications (please do not attach full copies of your publications, use links if available);

-          Contact details of at least 2 senior academics available to provide references (preferably, include recommendation letters, if available);

-          A transcript of the MSc study records and the MSc degree certificate (if completed).


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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