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Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group at Department of Built Environment Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for
Doctoral candidate position in Fluvial Research
Research area and responsibilities: The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with a project titled “Reconstruction of river system – impacts of dam removals on hydro-morphodynamics and ecosystems (RECRIVER)”. The project will focus on analysing hydrological, geomorphological and ecological effects of three consecutive dam removals and related river restoration (Hiitolanjoki River case study site), and prepare the guidelines for further follow-up impact studies. By applying field measurement and modelling methods, the doctoral candidate will determine, how the river morphodynamics and fluvial processes change when the river transforms from a fragmented one into freely flowing river system. The responses to water quality and sediment loading, and further to aquatic habitats will be analysed during the years immediately after dam removals. In addition to analysing the impacts of dam removals, the research includes future hydro-morphodynamic simulations under changing seasonal environmental conditions of the restored river.
The research plan will be formulated together with the candidate, depending on his/her interests and expertise. The candidate must have a high motivation for research and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. The work requires participation in field measurement campaigns and their designing, application of a variety of numerical models and spatial data sets, writing of scientific publications and collaboration with the research team. The work is done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Eastern Finland, with whom pilot data have been collected from pre-dam removal conditions.
Requirements: A prospective student is expected to fulfill the following requirements.
– Applicants must have a completed Master of Science degree in a related field.
– A strong background in hydrological sciences and computational methods is required.
– Familiarity with morphodynamic models, water quality models, hydrological modeling and spatial analyses is an asset.
– Knowledge of geoinformatics, quantitative analysis and programming skills are considered as an asset.
– Ability to work in a team, and willingness to learn.
– Very good English proficiency.
The applicant must fulfil the requirements for entitlement to do doctoral studies at Aalto University: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply
Expectations: The applicant is expected to:
– Publish in top journals and scientific conferences
– Participate in research proposal preparation
– Conduct and design field measurement campaigns
– Participate in modelling and field measurement approach development
– Guide MSc students
Research environment: The successful candidate will work under supervision of Assistant Professor Eliisa Lotsari. The successful applicant will have the possibility to cooperate with world-class researchers, participate in developing measurement and modelling approaches within unique dam removal environment, and attend scientific conferences and meetings. Moreover, the research group provides strong support and academic freedom, with possibilities for transdisciplinary collaboration with national and international partners from academia, industry and public sector.
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. After two years there is a midterm review, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. The position should start in fall (September/October) 2021 and is full-time work. Total annual work time 1612 h (no office hours). Starting salary is 2540 €.
The contract includes occupational health services, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Among European cities, Helsinki and Espoo are 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, an application must include:
- CV including list of possible publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages)
- 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)
- A copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificates and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
- An English abstract or summary of the MSc thesis
- 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 submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled with the order specified above).
The application should be sent through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply for this job’ below) by 6 August 2021. Email applications will not be taken into account. The application materials will not be returned.
Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not applied during the application period.
For more information
General information about doctoral studies at Aalto University can be found at the “Into” page (https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply). For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Eliisa Lotsari (E-mail: eliisa.s.lotsari [at] aalto.fi) before 17.6.2021. In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) before 2.7.2021.