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Postdoctoral Researcher, Large-scale Hydrological Changes

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Postdoctoral researcher in large-scale hydrological changes

Aalto University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position within the Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group WAT ( The position is related to our new Digital Waters (DIWA) Flagship, implemented by a multidisciplinary consortium of several universities and research institutes in Finland ( DIWA’s goal is to secure water for people and ecosystems through integrated and sustainable practices and novel digital solutions. The postdoc will work on DIWA’s Research Theme 5 ‘Transformative Water Management’, and particularly themes related to past and future changes in large-scale hydrological conditions. The position will be filled until the end of year 2027.

This open postdoc position focuses on evaluating the impact of climate change on hydrological conditions by utilising global historical data from observations and reanalysis products. The aim is to create a comprehensive hydrometeorological data cube that allows us to compare the trends across areas using machine learning algorithms.  The derived results can then be used in assessing future changes in reference areas, by using past trends from "learning areas", with similar overall hydrometeorogical characteristics.


The applicant is expected to have a strong drive towards excellence in science and have an ability for innovative thinking both individually and within a team.

The position requires a doctoral degree from the relevant field, such as hydrology, physical geography, geoinformatics, data science, or water resources management. The doctoral degree should have been awarded within the past 5 years. We accept applications from persons at the final stage of their doctoral studies, but we expect you to have your doctoral degree completed before starting in the position.

The applicant should have:

  • Strong skills in analysing large spatiotemporal datasets
  • Good expertise with high-level programming language(s) such as Python, R, or Matlab
  • Experience with machine learning algorithms
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English.

In addition, following are particularly meriting:

  • Experience with global hydrological models and reanalysis products
  • Familiarity with trend detection and attribution techniques
  • Understanding of how hydrological variables are likely to respond to future climate change
  • Expertise in hydroclimatology, with a focus on either temperature, precipitation, streamflow, or soil moisture.

What we offer

Successful applicants will join a young and dynamic team of world-class researchers at Aalto University’s Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group WAT, while also being an active and important member of the DIWA flagship community.

  • We offer you an interesting job in an inspiring and multidisciplinary work environment. We will familiarize you with your work tasks, and you will be part of a competent team that will provide you with support for your tasks.
  • You will also become an important part of a wide and unique network of doctoral researchers, early career and senior researchers within the DIWA Flagship consortium
  • We encourage and offer opportunities for continuous development of your own expertise
  • The contract includes Aalto University’s extensive occupational health care
  • We work in a hybrid way with flexible office hours, and the primary workplace is at our active university campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Funding for the postdoctoral researcher position is available until the end of 2027. The expected starting date is as soon as possible.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary for postdoctoral researchers at Aalto University is currently around 3960 € per month (gross), which may be gradually increased over time according to performance.

The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours.

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application through our eRecruitment system (click the Apply now! link on this page) by Sunday 26th of May (midnight Finnish time).

Please include the following documents in English as a single pdf-file (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’) – in the order they are listed:

  • Letter of Motivation (max 1 page), where you introduce yourself and describe your motivation for the position. Also, clearly indicate your relevant competences and skills related to the positions.   
  • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages), including contact details of two relevant referees. You are also encouraged to include links to your possible LinkedIn page or other similar website. 
  • List of Publications, including a link to your Doctoral Thesis (if available)

Kindly note that we will start to go through the applications and may also invite suitable candidates for interview during the application period. The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidate is identified: this can happen already before the application period closes. You are thus encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period, re-open the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Our workplace values equality and diversity, and we therefore encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for our open position.

Further information

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More information about the position can be asked from Associate Professor Matti Kummu ([email protected]). For questions about recruitment, please contact HR Advisor Kirsi Kärkkäinen ([email protected]).  

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