Job ID: 169773

Doctoral Candidate position in Sustainable Pavement Materials

Aalto University

  • Oct. 19, 2021
  • Doctoral Candidate position in Sustainable Pavement Materials
  • T214 Civil Engineering
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Civil Engineering
Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a doctoral student position in Sustainable Pavement Materials.

The Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics research group is seeking a highly motivated and creative doctoral student who will work on pavement engineering research. Specifically, the student will work on innovative asphalt binder and mixture for multi recycling techniques of asphalt pavements. The research includes additives and admixtures, such as recycling asphalt, agents, adhesion promoters, fibers, and other marginal materials such as steel slag and asphalt rubber. The main tasks of the Ph.D. students consist of a combination of laboratory experimentation, data analysis, numerical simulations, and modeling.

The selected individual will work under the supervision of Augusto Cannone Falchetto, together with the current postdocs and laboratory team in pavement engineering. The successful applicant will have the possibility to cooperate with world-class researchers and attend scientific conferences and meetings.

The doctoral studies at Aalto take approximately four years. The doctoral degree is granted after writing and publicly defending a doctoral thesis (typically based on a student's publications).

The position is expected to start as early as 10.01.2022 or soon after.

Research Group
The position mentioned above is within the domain of the Mineral-Based Materials and Mechanics research group in the Department of Civil Engineering; see The group conducts research related to Numerical Methods, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Rock Engineering and Engineering Geology, Applied Geophysics, and Highway and Pavement Engineering. For more information on the research and teaching of the Department, please, visit

  • Master degree  - preferably in Civil, Materials, and Chemical Engineering or closely related fields, though candidates with different backgrounds such as Physics and Mathematics are encouraged to apply
  • Grade Point Average (GPA), from the B.S. and M.S. studies (Specify the range of GPA of your school in your application)
  • Timely completion of the Master degree
  • Skills in applying the numerical methods to solve engineering problems
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strongly motivated and ambitious
  • Excellent command of English

  • Experimental experience in asphalt and material testing
  • Knowledge of numerical methods used in engineering, such as Finite Element Method, Discrete Element Method, molecular dynamics
  • Knowledge in chemistry, related testing methods, and simulations
  • Skills in applying the numerical methods to solve engineering problems

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

The position may not be opened if no qualified candidate is found.

Financing, duration, and salary
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities. Currently, the starting salary for doctoral students 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

For more information
Additional information regarding the post may be obtained from Augusto Cannone Falchetto, e-mail: (in urgent matters, please call or text at +358 509 114 770).

How to apply
The open applications for the doctoral student position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system Workday no later than Thursday, November 4, 2021. The evaluation of applications will begin immediately afterward with Zoom interviews in the mid of November.

The application for the position should contain:
  • A cover letter motivating the interest for the position
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae including publications' list
  • Transcript(s) with grades (in the original language and English)
  • English language proficiency proof, as specified in the Admission Requirements
  • Certified copy of the master's diploma. At the application stage, certification is not required; note that its English translation must accompany the certificate in its original language

All material should be submitted in English. The application documentation will not be returned.

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to prepare a short presentation for the interview. The successful candidate will be required to provide all the necessary documents.

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