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Doctoral Candidate Position – Timber, Structures, Architecture

Department of Civil Engineering
Doctoral Candidate Positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and design. The university has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our vision is to rank among the top universities in the world. The Aalto University campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University invites applications from engineers and/or architects for the position as

Doctoral Candidate – Timber, Structures, Architecture

The position will be jointly supervised by the Professor of Wooden Structures (School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering) and the Professor of Structures and Architecture (Department of Civil Engineering and at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture). The position will be allocated to the School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering.

Job description

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and inspirational Doctoral Candidate in the area of Timber Structures and Architecture. The successful candidate will be developing a reputation in this field with a special focus on timber-only connections, structural members and/or entire structures. The specific topic and scale will be subject to discussion with the supervisors during the initial phase of research as well as it will depend upon the background and interests of the post holder.

Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Master’s or Diploma degree. A passion for creative engineering/architectural design and integrated/collaborative working, and heightened interest in architectural/structural geometry, is an essential requirement. Due to proactive involvement in teaching, pedagogic qualities, and interest in passing knowledge and expertise to students is expected. Excellent social skills and open-minded attitude will ensure good embedment in the research groups and multidisciplinary environment at Aalto University. Fluent English, both written and spoken, is prerequisite.

Strong background in at least two of the following areas (listed in alphabetical order) is required:

  • architecture
  • computational & applied geometry
  • computational & parametric design
  • digital fabrication | robotics
  • mechanics | applied physics
  • mathematics | computation
  • structural engineering
  • wood technology

Supervision & Research Groups

We, the Professor of Wooden Structures and the Professor of Structures and Architecture, are a jointly supervising team in which collaborative, structural and design thinking is central to our teaching and research ethos. Since the supervising team`s affiliations parallel the School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture, the position will benefit from the following research groups:

1. The research group for Wooden Structures has been established in 2016. The main research areas are structural reliability in timber engineering, timber grading, further development of engineered wood products & structural solutions and assessment of wooden structures.

2. The multidisciplinary research group for Structures and Architecture has been established in 2017. The research group´s interest has especially been on the profound changes that selforganizing forms and processes instigate in the way architecture and engineering is thought, designed and built. Their “fat-free-design” approach is based on deep understanding of geometry, digital design and advanced fabrication methods, and results in innovative, and sustainable structural lightweight systems.

Contract and salary

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. 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.

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.

For more information

For further details, please contact Prof. Gerhard Fink or Prof. Günther H. Filz and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. E-mails: [email protected]

How to apply

The applications for the doctoral candidate position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than March 4th , 2019.

Required documents (pdf files) for the first stage of application:

  1. Motivation/application letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
  2. Curriculum vitae, including contact information for two references and including information on activities and interests other than academic

Required documents (pdf files) for shortlisted applicants upon prior notice:

  1. 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  )
  2. 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

 

All material should be submitted in English.

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.

In Espoo, February 7th , 2019

Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering
Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business.
Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

School of Engineering is an international unit with nearly 70 talented professors and 3400 full-time students. Currently, the department of Civil Engineering has 19 professors together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 110.

Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Civil Engineering

We seek highly qualified and motivated individuals with enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Civil Engineering. The position is for a period of 2 years, with a mid-term review, and should start during the autumn 2019 or 1st of January 2020 at the latest. The position is intended for full-time work.

Positions is part of a larger funding scheme from the School of Engineering that covers altogether 10 positions in the current call. Those positions will be allocated to the successful applicants at the three departments of the school.

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, modest activity in fund raising and guiding doctoral and master students is also expected. The Postdoctoral Researcher’s principal task is to conduct high quality research in one or several of the following themes:

 1.       Building design and construction

The mission of the Building Design and Construction research group is to integrate the design and construction fields by coming up with new research-based knowledge to support the transformation of AEC-industry. In building design, the basis of our work is structural analysis, computational engineering and experimental methods, with an emphasis on connections to architecture. Research on building performance develops solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of energy-efficient, sustainable, healthy, and comfortable buildings. In the research related to information and operations management in construction, enhancing modularity in construction is an objective when focusing on processes, organisations and technologies. The research group includes a multidisciplinary group of 12 professors from both design and construction fields. The research group aims to be internationally known. By achieving our mission to change the AEC-industry, we will promote the well-being of current and future generations. For more information, please visit: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-civil-engineering/building-design-and-construction

 2.       Mineral-based materials and mechanics

The focus of the research is particularly on developing new industrial solutions and innovations needed in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of civil-engineering applications relying on mineral-based materials. The target is in assuring the strength, durability and sustainability of solids and structures in the build environment. The focus area brings together a set of civil engineering practices and professions that deal with mineral-based construction materials or products and structures applying such materials. The research of mineral-based materials and mechanics embraces the study of soils, aggregates, rock, concrete and other building materials so that the strength and durability of various civil engineering structures can be assessed and assured. The research comprises the development of various computational modelling and numerical methods for enhancing the use of pressure and time-dependent materials in the built environment. The group consists of seven professor. For more information, please visit: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-civil-engineering/mineral-based-materials-and-mechanics

In the application, 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 group.

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within the research groups of related themes. The department has good laboratory facilities including laboratories of structures, concrete, structural physics, fire safety, soil mechanics and asphalt technics.

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, an application must include:

-          Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)

-          Research plan on the selected research area of the Department (mandatory to indicate clearly which one) (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 ‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than on 15th of March 2019. Email applications will not be taken into account.

For more information: For further details about the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor Jari Puttonen and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. Emails: [email protected]

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

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