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Doctoral Researcher in Distributed Intelligence for Industrial Processes
Aalto University

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2023
Title Doctoral Researcher in Distributed Intelligence for Industrial Processes
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
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 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 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.

We are now looking for a highly motivated and talented

Doctoral Researcher in Distributed Intelligence for Industrial Processes

to join our team and contribute to an exciting research project focused on distributed automation of processes (e.g., motion control-based) which use peer to peer collaboration mechanisms (e.g., swarm intelligence) to coordinate their activities and to optimize both functional and non-functional requirements in order to satisfy multi-objective criterions, such as energy use and reduced maintenance.

Your role and goals
You will work on a project aiming to investigate the potential and benefits of using distributed swarm control of multiple drives, enabled by the cloud-edge continuum, with a focus on developing methodologies, architectures, and AI techniques for enhanced energy efficiency and operational performance. The work is expected to lead to scientific publications in international academic conferences and particularly journals.

The doctoral researcher applicants must fulfil the admission requirements for the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering. You are expected to apply for and to be granted a right to pursue doctoral studies at Aalto University. More information on the general requirements and the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering: Please check the student information, admission criteria and pay attention to the required (English) language proficiency.

Your network and team
You will work together with Aalto Factory of the Future team (, which investigates radical concepts and methods that enable flexibility and high intelligence of industry sectors, based on various technology enablers such as artificial intelligence and the IEC 61499 distributed automation.

Your experience and ambitions
The work will require both theoretical and practical skills in industrial automation and computer science, combined with hands-on capabilities and attitude to work on and implement laboratory demonstrators.  As a successful applicant you should be highly motivated to conduct academic research and obtain a PhD degree.

You must have a master’s degree in control / automation, mechatronics, computer engineering / computer science, or related areas. In addition, good proficiency in English is required, proven with official English test certificate.

It is expected that you are proficient in software development, capable of contributing to open-source software projects (using Java, Kotlin), and application development using programmable logic controllers (using IEC 61131-3 or IEC 61499). Fundamental and practical knowledge on machine learning & artificial intelligence, combined with control / automation are highly advantageous. As hands-on capabilities in implementing laboratory demonstrator are required, past experiences working with mechatronics, industrial drives, embedded system projects are expected. An ideal candidate would have excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, strong communication and collaboration abilities, and ability to work independently and as part of a research team.

What we offer
  • Meaningful and inspiring environment. We are proud of our purpose to shape a sustainable future. We spark the game changers of tomorrow, and renew society with research-based knowledge, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Culture that inspires and includes everyone. All our work is guided by the values of the university: responsibility, courage, and collaboration.  It’s the people that create Aalto, now and in the future. We want to be an open community where equality and inclusion enable curiosity, innovation, collaboration and wellbeing.
  • Responsible and meaningful role with true impact in our University’s/ School’s success, and in the end, in the wellbeing and development of our society.
  • Support, coaching and sparring when you feel you need it.
  • Great possibilities for competence development and learning. We constantly keep learning to find the most impactful ways to empower - and invest in - our people.

The doctoral studies at Aalto University take approximately four years. The researcher is expected to commit to complete a Doctoral Dissertation (to obtain PhD degree) within this time in the project.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting (gross) salary for a Ph.D. student is approximately 2600 EUR/month. It will increase with achievements, such as scientific publications.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, excellent sports facilities on campus, and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus, which is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 13,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the metro line.

Join us!
To apply, please share the following application materials in English with us through our recruitment site ("Apply now!”) no later than 5 September 2023:
  • A motivation letter (1 page)
  • CV - which includes list of publications, and link to personal Git repository (e.g., github, gitlab, bitbucket) if any (max 4 pages)
  • Description of MSc thesis project (max 1 page)
  • English language proficiency evidence (TOEFL / IELTS, see the minimum proficiency level below)
  • Educational degree certificates and official transcripts (bachelor and master)
  • Contact details of (maximum 3) referees who can be reached to provide recommendation (email address, or if not available, the referee’s phone number)

We will go through applications, and we may invite suitable candidates to interview already during the application period. We aim to have a transparent and equal recruitment process, so feel free to ask us for feedback.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday Internal Jobs by using their existing Workday user account.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For more information
For further details, please contact Professor Valeriy Vyatkin (valeriy.vyatkin(at) or Staff Scientist Udayanto Dwi Atmojo (udayanto.atmojo(at) For submission related queries, contact HR Partner Camilla Hanganpää (camilla.hanganpaa(at)

About Finland
Finland is a great place for living with or without family - it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland: &

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