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Postdoctoral Researcher in Robustness Assessment of Bridge Structures
Aalto University

Date Posted May 9, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Robustness Assessment of Bridge Structures
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T214 Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Civil Engineering
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.

We are now looking for a


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in structural engineering to take part in the robustness evaluation project at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University. In this position, you will have a chance to make a difference by developing structural safety assessment methods for bridges and buildings.

This research is financially supported by a project currently run at the bridge engineering group at Aalto University. 

Your role and goals
Your research will build on the expertise of Prof. Weiwei Lin’s group at Aalto University. In the group, the post-fracture redundancy of typical bridge types (twin-girder bridge, truss bridge) has been investigated over years. Towards the 2nd generation of Eurocodes, this research aims to investigate the robustness that exists in bridge structures and propose frameworks for robustness assessment and improvement, and you are expected to play a key role in this research. The teaching duties of the position are limited to about 10% of the working hours. You will be a teaching assistant in the MSc and doctoral level courses, and you will advise doctoral and master students. In addition, modest activity in grant writing is also expected.

Your experience and ambitions
We expect that the candidates have a completed doctoral degree (or have scheduled the doctoral defence) in structural engineering, bridge engineering, or structural mechanics. You also should have:
  • knowledge of structural safety assessment methods,
  • understanding of structural uncertainty or reliability analyses,
  • publication record in leading journals and conferences,
  • capacity to perform structural tests independently and being able to use at least one structural analysis software,
  • evidence of fluent English, both written and spoken.  

It is also advantageous to have:
  • prior research experience in structural redundancy or robustness,
  • experience in progressive failure analysis,
  • experience in working together with other researchers in an experienced and recognized group,
  • experience in acquiring funding for research projects and/or cooperation with partners from the industry.

What we offer
We offer an interesting position in a well-recognized research group, with your research being meaningful and making a difference. Aalto offers a multidisciplinary and multicultural working environment where you have good possibilities to develop your professional skills, publish high-quality articles, and promote your career. The position will give you skills and publications positioning you for an excellent academic career as well as a strong network for future cooperation with the industry.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The initial salary is €3700 per month and the contract includes occupational health care and a holiday bonus. Finland also has a comprehensive social security system. The position is full-time, and the contract is for one year.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our eRecruitment system Workday via the link “Apply” no later than June 28, 2022.

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.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Associate professor Weiwei Lin,  Email applications will not be considered.

For submission related queries, contact

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:
  • Motivation letter
  • CV including the list of publications and full contact information.
  • Contact information of at least two persons willing to give references. If the referees should not be contacted before the interview, please clearly indicate that.
  • One page summary of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral thesis itself, and the PhD certificate (or estimated graduation date if not yet graduated).
  • Three best publications you author/co-author with a short description of your contribution to them, and a description of what key skills were needed for these contributions

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

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