Doctoral Researcher in wooden building construction

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Built Environment at the School of Engineering is home to four research groups – Geoinformatics, Real Estate Economics, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering and Water and Environmental Engineering – and a partner in MeMo, the Research Institute of Modelling and Measuring for The Built Environment. The department also participates in the work of the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, which is funded by the Academy of Finland.

We are now looking for a

Doctoral Researcher in wooden building construction

Your role and goals

We are searching for a full-time Doctoral Researcher working on sustainable built environment with special focus on wooden buildings to join Real Estate Economics Group. Carbon neutral construction materials are highly topical at the moment as the EU is preparing to introduce carbon tariffs. Wood as a building construction material have two main benefits, one is the less GHG emissions compared to other building material like steel or concrete, and the other is the potential to store carbon. The idea is to evaluate the possibility of replacing high-carbon building material with low-carbon material like wood. During the doctoral study the candidate can go through environmental and economic benefits in addition to the obstacles on the way of improving wood use as a low-carbon building material.

This position will be funded in the context of a research project by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Ministry of Environment for 4 years (based on an initial 2-year contract + 2 years extension). The project is a joint consortium between Finland and Sweden and has three academic partners, i.e., Aalto University, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Linköping University in addition to several partners from the industry.

Your experience and ambitions

  • Eligible for PhD study at Aalto University ( )
  • Have the ability to conduct independent scientific research
  • Very good in scientific writing and communication skills
  • Very good knowledge about tools and techniques for engineering analytics
  • Understanding of real estate, construction and/or engineering economics
  • Familiar with life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC)
  • Familiar with green building concept and/or EU taxonomy
  • Very good in teamwork in industry-academia collaboration setting
  • Fluent in English (Finnish language is considered as benefit)

What we offer

The salary is based on Aalto University’s salary system. Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health-care services and excellent learning and development opportunities. The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

By working in our group, you would get the possibility to join a top research environment and also have a strong collaboration with other research groups in Aalto and EU. In this role you would work on real-world challenges and would also be able to travel for visits or exchanges with other world class research groups outside Finland.

We offer a two-year fixed-term contract with the possibility for two years extension, during which you will be working towards your Doctoral dissertation in one of the top universities in Nordic countries ( ). The employment is full-time and paid position with high level occupational health care. Starting monthly salary in the position is about 2600 euros.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system at latest by 30.11.2022. We will review applications as they arrive, and the position will be filled in as soon as suitable candidate has been found.  You will hear from us the latest within two weeks from the application submission.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Dr. Ali Amiri with the topic “PhD position in wooden building construction".

If you are already working at Aalto University, please apply via our internal Workday system (Career). 

To apply, please share the following application materials in one pdf file with us:

  • a cover letter to explain your motivation and plan
  • CV
  • Your Bachelor and master transcripts
  • Links to your online master thesis
  • Master thesis evaluation if possible
  • Any papers/reports/writing demonstrating your research and writing
  • Name, affiliation and email of two potential referees

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