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Doctoral Candidate Position (f/m) in Computational Mechanics and Structural Engineering
Aalto University School of Engineering
Doctoral Candidate Position in
Computational Mechanics and Structural Engineering
Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, invites applications for a Doctoral
Candidate Position in Computational Mechanics and Structural Engineering
The position is offered for a period of 4 years nominally required for finalizing DSc degree studies and
dissertation (including a midterm review after the first 1-2 years). Applications from MSc students
completing their studies during the autumn term 2017 are welcome as well, although the application
deadline is July 31.
The position is targeted for talented and passionate graduates aiming at an academic or industrial
research and development career path. Research will be accomplished in the research group of
Computational Structural Engineering and Mechanics focusing on models and methods for mechanics of
solids and structures for engineering applications (see the details below).
The research area under consideration is a classical and central field of civil engineering and full of
challenging applications extending to different fields of science and engineering. The research group,
department and university provide strong support and academic freedom with possibilities for
interdisciplinary collaboration, both internationally and within Aalto University.
Teaching assistance duties of the position are limited to about 10 % of working hours and are related to
Master’s program in Building Technology and/or Bachelor’s program Minor in Computation and Modelling
in Engineering. Opportunities for pedagogical studies and instructing Master’s and Bachelor’s Theses are
available as well.
The theoretical focus of the research group led by Prof. Jarkko Niiranen situates in the crossroads of
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Numerical Analysis with specific themes combining Computational
Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Computational Structural Engineering. The team currently focuses
on models and methods for mechanics of solids and structures, especially finite element methods (FEM)
and isogeometric analysis (IGA) for mechanics of thin structures, such as plates, shells and beams,
combined with both classical and generalized continuum theories. Activities range from continuum
models and related numerical methods all the way down to programming, software issues and
applications, such as structural analysis and design as well as integration of Computer-Aided Design /
Building Information Modeling (CAD/BIM), Computer-Aided Engineering / Finite Element
Analysis (CAE/FEA) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Research results of the group have been
published in the leading journals of the aforementioned fields.
The applicational focus of the research group is on small-scale research and teaching projects
accomplished by multi-faceted Design+Analysis teams focusing on computational methodologies in
structural engineering combined with parametric and algorithmic architecture and design. The
primary focus is currently on isogeometric methods for thin-walled structures. New materials and
digitalized production technologies will be essential side topics as well, with links to research groups of
the site university working on complex materials and digital design methodologies, especially.
Collaboration with industry is typically conducted within related Master’s Thesis projects.
The majority of the current research activities is funded by Academy of Finland, through a project entitled
Isogeometric adaptive methods for thin-walled structures - with applications from architectural and
industrial design in structural and mechanical engineering.
The group has strong international and national partners for collaboration, whereas at Aalto University
the research groups in the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Applied Mathematics
as well as research platforms Digi and Materials are the most natural ones for collaboration. The group
belongs to the departmental research focus area of eight professorships entitled Mineral-based Materials
and Mechanics having collaboration with the other focus area, Building Design and Construction.
Applicants must (i) have completed a Master’s degree in a related field, (ii) show excellent or very good
scholastic records for MSc and BSc studies (grades 5 or 4 within scale 0-5), (iii) have some programming
experience with the Matlab/Octave syntax and/or Fortran or C languages. Good working skills in English,
both written and spoken, are required.
Backgrounds in the following fields - ranging from Civil and Mechanical Engineering to Applied Physics
and Mathematics - are preferred:
Aalto University School of Engineering applies the salary system of Finnish universities (starting from
about 2400 euros per month and extending up to about 3200 for doctoral students).
For more information
For further details about the position, please contact Prof. Jarkko Niiranen and for further information
regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi. Emails:
Required application documents
1. Motivation/application letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
2. Curriculum vitae, including contact information for two referees (max four A4 pages)
3. List of possible publications
4. Summary of MSc Thesis (max two A4 pages)
5. Copy of MSc degree certificate
6. Transcript of records for both MSc and BSc studies, including translations to English (if not
originally provided in English, Finnish or Swedish)
All material should be submitted in English and in the 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
About Aalto University and Finland
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.
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