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Doctoral Researcher position in Digital Twins of Process for Building Construction
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 26, 2023
Title Doctoral Researcher position in Digital Twins of Process for Building Construction
University Aalto University
Espoo, Finland
Department T214 Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Civil Engineering
    Construction Engineering/Management
Doctoral Researcher position in Computer Vision in Construction

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.

We believe that people from diverse backgrounds can together reach the best results. Diversity is part of who we are. Over 40% of our academic faculty come from outside Finland. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply, as we want to ensure the continued diversity and inclusiveness of our community. Aalto is committed to equal and transparent recruitment procedures. 

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for

Doctoral Researcher position in Digital Twins of Process for Building Construction


The Department of Civil Engineering at the Aalto University is offering a Doctoral Researcher position in research on Digital Twins of Process for Building Construction. The research aims to create a holistic, integrated digital twin model for the construction of buildings, which can be used to model, simulate, compare, and evaluate the performance of processes. The first objective is to develop an advanced sensing system that can provide automated situational awareness of the construction production, including the status of physical products and processes and supply of construction resources. The second objective is to achieve a digital twin of the construction process based on agent-based modeling and simulation.

Research Group

The Doctoral Researcher position is located in the research group of Performance in Building Design and Construction. For more general information of the research and teaching of the Department, go to


Required background: A Master’s degree in computer science or engineering, preferably with excellent or very good grades

Expected skills and knowledge: Some previous experience or studies in developing simulation models are required. Fluency in English, scientific writing, good interaction skills with project members are required. Previous experience / knowledge in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and previous experience on construction projects is beneficial.

Contract and salary

Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities. Currently, the starting salary for doctoral researchers is slightly above 2500€ per month and is increased with the progress towards the doctoral degree to over 3100€ per month. The position is contract-based. The financing is subject to the availability of funding.

The position is for two years, with the possibility of extension for another two years. There will be a compulsory midterm review which will be completed during the second year. More info here

The applicant for doctoral studies must satisfy the admission requirements of Aalto University:

In a maximum of four years, the doctoral researcher 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 position may not be opened if no qualified candidate is found.

For more information

For further details, please contact Professor Olli Seppänen, For submission related queries, contact HR Partner

How to apply

The applications for the Doctoral Researcher position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system Workday (link 'Apply' below) no later than July 30, 2023. (Potential and interested candidates are encouraged to contact us even if they are still finishing their MSc degrees, as the starting time is flexible.)

Please note: Aalto University's employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

Required application documents

All material should be submitted in English and in 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 period.

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