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Doctoral Candidate in Numerical Simulation of Fire Spreading on Electrical Cables

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate Positions

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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

Doctoral Candidate in Numerical Simulation of Fire Spreading on Electrical Cables

The Department of Civil Engineering is seeking an outstanding Doctoral Candidate for research on numerical simulation of fire spreading on solid fuels. The doctoral candidate position is available in the Fire Safety Engineering group. For more information of the research and teaching at the department, go to http://civileng.aalto.fi/en/. More information on the Fire Safety Engineering group activities at http://blogs.aalto.fi/fire.

Research

Development of the computational capability for the predictive simulations of fire spreading on solid fuels is the most challenging and important topic of fire science. The simulations require simultaneous solution of equations describing multi-physics phenomena, such as solid pyrolysis and fluid flow, in multiple scales, ranging from heat conduction in solid objects to room scale fire environment. Previous research has focused on models describing the solid pyrolysis and room scale fires using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

The candidate will investigate the simulation of heat transfer from flames to solid objects. Using the recently developed methodology for flame heat flux calculation on coarse numerical resolutions, the simulations of large fires on polymeric surfaces, namely electrical cable materials, are foreseen. The work includes programming of computational algorithms into an open-source CFD code and systematic verification and validation studies. The research project is related to the fire safety of nuclear installations in the context of the Finnish SAFIR2020 and OECD PRISME3 –programs.

Requirements

Required background: The candidate should have an MSc degree in physics or mechanical engineering (heat transfer, fluid mechanics, combustion), with excellent or very good grades.

Expected skills and knowledge: Programming skills and the knowledge of computational techniques and numerical method in general 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 for a period of three 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. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/Admission+requirements 

Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities.

For more information

For further details, please contact Associate Professor Simo Hostikka and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. Emails: [email protected]

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 December 19, 2018. Potential and interested candidates are encouraged to contact us even if they are still finishing their MSc degrees, as the starting time is flexible.

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:  https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply)
  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: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply)
  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.

Doctoral Candidate position dealing with mine planning and utilisation of geophysical and geochemical methods

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate Positions

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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

Doctoral Candidate position dealing with mine planning and utilisation of geophysical and geochemical methods

Research

Mining operations are progressing to deeper and more complex deposits with more challenging geological conditions, while the demand for minerals and metals grows exponentially. Sustainable mining operations will require new approaches of mine planning that will help to improve the ore recovery while maintaining safe operation.

Our aim is to create solutions for fast and reliable prediction of geotechnical conditions so that safe and profitable operations can be maintained in the more demanding condition facing the mining industry. The prediction of rock mass properties will be improved by utilisation of geochemical laser-spectral measurements integrated with non-invasive geophysical measurements. The real-time acquisition of mineralogical data to classify rocks will improve grade control and prognoses of the comminution processes. In addition, this research will deepen the knowledge of the linkage between nondestructive geophysics and rock mass strength. The integrated approach will be a step towards achieving more productive and profitable mining operation that will have a positive long-term impact on the whole society.

The main goal is reached through the specific objectives of three Work Packages:

  • spectral geometallurgic fingerprints (WP1),
  • geophysical methods (WP2), 
  • integration of the methods into mine stope design (WP3).

Now we are looking for a doctoral candidate for WP3 to develop novel methods for stope design as part of this Academy of Finland funded “Geophysical and Geochemical Methods for Stope Design (GAGS)” project. The doctoral candidate will focus on how geophysical and geochemical methods can be utilized more efficiently to characterize the rock mass for mine planning.

Requirements

The successful candidate has a master’s degree in applied geophysics, structural geology, rock mechanics or mining engineering. The successful candidate must have completed her/his Master's degree before the start of the contract period. The ideal candidate has a sound background in mining, geophysics and structural modelling. Knowledge of WellCAD and 3DEC, as well as numerical modelling and back-calculation methods will be considered an advantage. Good command of English is a prerequisite.

Besides the preparation of the doctoral dissertation, doctoral candidate is expected to finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits, participate in teaching and collaboration with the project team and the research group.

The Doctoral candidate position belongs to Aalto career system and the selected person will be appointed for a 1-4 year fixed term appointment. The first contract will be signed for a period of one year with a further extension subject to meeting a set of performance criteria during the first year.

The research will be carried out as a part of the Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics Research Area at the Department of Civil Engineering (http://civileng.aalto.fi/en/) under the supervision of Prof. Mikael Rinne.

Application process

For the candidate qualified for Doctoral Candidate position, an official Aalto University application process for doctoral studies will be accomplished:

https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply

Hence, before preparing his/her application for the Doctoral Candidate position the applicant should ensure that the corresponding formal requirements will be fulfilled:

For language requirements, admission requirements and application instructions, see:

https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply

Compensation, working hours and place of work

The salary follows the salary system of Aalto University. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of teaching staff at Aalto University is 1 624 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

How to apply

The applications for the Postdoctoral Researcher/Doctoral Candidate position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than 31.12.2018.

Application documents

  1. CV including publications and contact information for 2 referees (max four A4 pages)
  2. Motivation Letter (max one A4 page)
  3. A certified copy of Master´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
  4. Summary of the Doctoral/Master’s Thesis (max one A4 page)
  5. Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them (concerning applicants for Doctoral Candidate position)

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

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo or for an interview conducted via Skype. Local candidates are encouraged to seek a face-to-face appointment.

Should there be a lack of eligible outstanding applicants, Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Further details

For further details, please contact Professor Mikael Rinne and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. Emails: [email protected]

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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