Job ID: 201947

DSc Student to Marine and Arctic Technology research group

Aalto University

  • Dec. 20, 2022
  • DSc Student to Marine and Arctic Technology research group
  • T212 Mechanical Engineering
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Ocean Engineering
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    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. 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 us.

Our Marine and arctic Technology Group offers a high caliber postgraduate education and focuses on the behaviour of ships and structures in normal and extreme environments. We do our research by considering the safety and sustainability of maritime transportation:

We are now looking for a DSc student

Are you passionate about shipping decarbonization ? Would you like to develop green shipping technologies that balance safety against environmental sustainability targets ?

Aalto University has been awarded a new Horizons Europe project with focus on the development of a combination of energy-saving technologies that can be adopted to achieve 35% of GHG emissions. The consortium brings together leading academic and research institutions, technology providers, ship designers, and end users.

Join us in shaping the future!
We are looking for a talented DSc candidate to support this exciting project. As part of your participation in EU Horizon Europe RETROFIT55 project you will have the opportunity to create impact by developing a digital twin of an innovative air lubrication system and question how innovative hydrodynamic design for retrofitting can be monitored through intelligent Decision Support Systems.

Your role and goals
As a DSc student you will join an active group with focus on marine hydromechanics. In this position, you will act as a researcher working on strongly coupled fluid structure interaction models idealizing the influence of wave loads on the design of Air Lubrication Systems. The work will combine elements of fluid dynamics, structural mechanics/dynamics and comparisons against available experiments. We expect you to graduate as a Doctor of Science in four years.

Your network and team
As part of your DSc work you will work with top researchers in the field. You will also have opportunities to present and enhance your ideas via direct collaboration of the stakeholders participating in the EU RETROFIT55 consortium.

Your experience and ambitions
We expect the candidate to hold a MSc degree in applied mathematics / physics or engineering with emphasis on fluid dynamics and have some appreciation of structural dynamics. The project will involve simulations by CFD commercial software and the application of FEA. You should be able to generate good scientific ideas, propose new technological solutions, initiate and maintain scientific collaboration, write scientific articles, and participate in teaching for 10% of your time. Our DSc program requires that in the first year candidates complete 40 ECTS of taught courses. On the recruitment front preference will be given to candidates with background in naval architecture, ocean engineering and affiliated disciplines (e.g., general civil and mechanical engineering MSc graduates with understanding of floating structures).

What we offer
Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is approximately 2600 €/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University. Our campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 12,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro line. We are able to 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. We want to be an open community where equality and inclusion enable curiosity, innovation, collaboration and wellbeing.

Ready to apply?
To apply, please share the following application materials with us through the link "Apply now" provided below:
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV including list of publications (if any)
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • Contact details of at least two referees

If you are already working at Aalto University, please apply via our internal Workday system (Internal Jobs).

You will hear from us at the latest by 10 February 2023. We aim to have a transparent and equal recruitment process, so feel free to ask us for feedback. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, contact Dr. Spyros Hirdaris ( 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.

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