Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Mechanical Engineering Aalto University

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 20 000 students and more than 400 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 Mechanical Engineering has 30 professors together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 250.

Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering. The positions are for a period of 2 years, with a mid-term review, and should start before January 2018. The positions are intended for full-time work.

Positions are 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. Appointments will be made so that they will support the implementation of the Roadmap 2017-2021 of Aalto University’s School of Engineering  http://eng.aalto.fi/en/about/strategy/.

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, some 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:

• Design Factory
• Energy Efficiency and Systems
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Materials and Digital Production
• Marine Technology and Arctic Technology
• Thermodynamics and Combustion Technology

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 unique research facilities, e.g. Design Factory, Aalto Ice Tank, ADDLAB (Aalto Digital Design Laboratory) and Industrial Internet Campus provide excellent infrastructure for researchers and students. Other significant parts of the infrastructure include laboratories for materials and manufacturing engineering and transportation engineering. We also have full-scale test halls for mechanics and structural engineering. In addition, the school has an advanced research environment for energy technology including a zero-energy house emulator.

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). Will be evaluated against scientific quality and relevance to the School of Engineering’s Road Map 2017-2020.
  • 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

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 https://rekry.saima.fi/aaltohome/application_edit_welcome.html?job_id=1404&field_id=0&place_id=107&did=5900&jc=1&lang=en   ) no later than on 31st of August 2017. Email applications will not be taken into account.


For more information: For additional information, please contact professor, Head of Department Jouni Partanen. In recruitment process –related questions, please contact HR-coordinator Anna-Maija Harju or Merja Seppanen (as of 14th  August)  E-mails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified 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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