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Doctoral Candidate Position in Timber Engineering

Job description

The Department of Civil Engineering at the Aalto University is seeking to hire 1-2 outstanding doctoral candidate in the area of timber engineering. The successful candidate(s) will perform research on the structural reliability in timber engineering, including aspects such as strength grading, development of more reliable engineered wood products and assessment of structural timber components.

Research Group

The position is located in the group for Wooden Structures at the Department of Civil Engineering. The group for Wooden Structures is a newly established research group. Main research areas are structural reliability in timber engineering, timber grading, further development of engineered wood products & structural solutions and assessment of wooden structures. For more general information of the research and teaching of the Department, go to


Applicants must have completed a Master’s or Diploma degree in civil engineering, preferably structural engineering. 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 is required:

–        Timber engineering
–        Structural reliability
–        Structural mechanics
–        Structural engineering
–        Computational design

Contract and salary

The doctoral candidate position is contract-based; one-year contract is granted first, followed by possible extensions of another one-year and a two-year period depending on the achievements during the first contractual period. 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, 3) participate in teaching and 4) participate in further research collaborations of the research group. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University:

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. Applicants may also provide salary requirements. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

For more information

For further details, please contact Prof. Gerhard Fink, tel +358 50 307 3090, and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Ida Martikainen,

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 on the 31 of August 2020.

Required application documents (pdf files):

  1. CV
  2. 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:
  3. A list of publications
  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):


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.

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