PhD Student in Environmental Engineering

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Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group at Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment invites applications for:


Doctoral Candidate position: Sustainable Urban Runoff Managemen

We seek qualified and highly motivated individuals with a convincing study record on hydrology and water resources management. The secured funding for full time doctoral studies is for a period of 36 months. The research group will apply funds to cover costs for additional 12 months, i.e., a total of 4 years of doctoral studies. The position is available to start in April 2019. The starting monthly salary for the position will be 2437 euros.

Sustainable urban runoff management

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work in a project titled “Evidence based assessment of NWRM for sustainable water management (EviBAN)” that will seek and assess nature-based stormwater management solutions to urban areas. The EviBAN project is under EU Joint Programming Initiative on Water challenges for a Changing World (Water JPI) and it is coordinated by SINTEF (Norway). The Finnish case study includes participation in field campaigns for measuring the performance of existing stormwater treatment solutions in the Capital area of Finland (cities of Vantaa and Espoo), data analysis and model applications of stormwater management, and integrated sustainability assessment of water retention measures in collaboration with project partners. During the project duration, the doctoral candidate is planned to have a mobility period in SINTEF in Trondheim and the candidate has an opportunity to visit project meetings in participating countries (Norway, Finland, France and South Africa) and attend international conferences. Modelling tasks include collaboration with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a completed (or a nearly completed) Master of Science degree in a related field. A strong background in hydrological sciences and computational methods is required. Familiarity with peculiarities of the urban water cycle, hydrological modeling, water quality models, spatial analyses, and programming is considered an asset.

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for entitlement to do doctoral studies at Aalto University: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within a team of researchers led by Professor Harri Koivusalo. The doctoral research advisors will be Senior University Lecturer Teemu Kokkonen and Dr. Nora Sillanpää. The topics of the research team broadly relate to computational description of hydro-meteorological processes, water resources management, and environmental hydraulics.

Employment: The position is at the Department of Built Environment and includes limited amount of work as a teaching assistant (5%). The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years, but a contract is first made for two years, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research.

The contract includes occupational health services, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Among European cities, Helsinki is special in being clean, safe, and close to nature, with a high standard of living. English is spoken everywhere. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-information-package.

To apply: Applications must include:

  1. CV including list of possible publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages)
  2. Motivation Letter with a summary of previous research experience (master thesis for example) and a statement explaining the suitability of the candidate for the applied doctoral position (maximum two A4 pages)
  3. A 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.
  4. An English abstract or summary of the MSc thesis
  5. A 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 in English and submitted in PDF format in a single PDF file.

The application should be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply now!’ below) no later than Sunday March 17, 2019.

For additional information about the project, please contact prof. Harri Koivusalo (email: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi) and for further details about the application process, please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen (email: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).