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Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student) in Structural Mechanics
Aalto University

Date Posted May 26, 2023
Title Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student) in Structural Mechanics
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T214 Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    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 13 000 students, 400 professors, and more than 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.

The Department of Civil Engineering aims to build the structures of tomorrow through research, education, and collaboration. In cooperation with domestic and international partners, we use our expertise to create multidisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches. One of the missions of our building design and construction research is to integrate the two fields by creating new, research-based knowledge to promote energy-efficient, safe, sustainable, healthy and comfortable buildings, thus also supporting the transformation of the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

The Structural Mechanics research group is now hiring for a full-time Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student) position.

We are looking for exceptional candidates who possess the drive and ability to innovate in the field of structural mechanics. The ideal candidate will be passionate about exploring new frontiers in this discipline and pushing beyond the current state-of-the-art. The primary research activities for this position will involve integrating material science, physics of solids and structures, rigorous mathematical analysis, and computational methods with modern scientific methodologies and manufacturing technologies to shape the future of this field.


Applicants must have (or about to have by August 2023) a Master’s degree in Mechanics (e.g., Applied, Computational, Solid, Structural), Engineering (e.g., Mechanical, Structural), Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, or in a similar field.

In addition, profound knowledge of mathematics, mechanics, and general physics is expected. Programming skills and experience in CAD/CAE software are considered as an advantage for the candidate. Experience in developing experimental setups and conducting physical tests would also be beneficial. A successful candidate should demonstrate capability and willingness to learn new methods, can work both independently and in a team, and has good written and oral communication skills in English.

The selected candidate will need to apply for the study right in doctoral studies at Aalto University School of Engineering. Thus, please check the student information and admission criteria at In particular, please pay attention to the required (English) language proficiency.

What we offer

Aalto University offers excellent learning and development opportunities, provides an inspiring and supportive working environment, and a diverse professional community to work with. By joining our group, you would get the possibility to develop multidisciplinary research skills and be engaged in collaboration with other research groups in Aalto and abroad. Traveling with research visits to leading research groups outside Finland will provide knowledge and experience exchange and help to establish long-term international relationships.

Besides conducting high-quality scientific research, you will also get a unique opportunity to develop your supervising and teaching skills, e.g., by advising graduate and undergraduate students as well as acting as a teaching assistant for some of the department courses.

The doctoral studies at Aalto University take approximately four years. The candidate will be offered a one-year contract with possibility of an extension. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours. The starting (gross) salary for the position is 2577 EUR per month and will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The employment contract includes occupational health care, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

Our facilities are located at Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland. Get to know our campus via

How to apply

To apply for the position, please submit your application electronically through our online recruitment system via the 'Apply now' link below.

The required documents are the following:
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • CV including publications if any (max. 1 page)
  • Description of your MSc thesis project (max. 1 page)
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcript of records (both BSc and MSc). If not available, an MSc degree certificate must be issued by August 2023 and sent separately
  • Recommendation letters (max. 3), if already available. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide them

These documents (written in English) must be combined, in the given order, into a single pdf file (named ‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’) and attached to the online application. The submission deadline is June 30, 2023, at 23:59 Finnish time (UTC +2).

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.

Note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via the internal HR system Workday (Internal Jobs -> Find Jobs) by using their existing Workday user account (not via the external webpage for open positions).

For more information

For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Sergei Khakalo via email ( with the subject “PhD position in Structural Mechanics”. In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Merja Seppänen (

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