Job ID: 173422

Post doctoral researcher

Aalto University

  • Nov. 29, 2021
  • Post doctoral researcher
  • T213 Built Environment
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Ecological and Environmental
Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment invites applications for


The Water and Environmental Engineering research group (WAT:, and its fluvial research team (lead by Research Fellow and Assistant Professor Eliisa Lotsari), has a vacancy for a highly talented and motivated postdoc, who is a specialist in hydro-morphodynamic modelling and fluvial research. The postdoc will work in close collaboration with two projects lead by Research Fellow and Assistant Professor Lotsari. The projects aim to determine the impacts of defrosting sedimentary systems on northern rivers (Finland and Sweden), and on their seasonal river ice and hydro-morphodynamics (vertical/lateral erosion), and ultimately determine the present and future watershed scale total sediment delivery. The new theories and future forecasts of seasonal river dynamics and their impacts on societies and ecosystems in cold climate region provide information for decision making, environmental protection, building of infrastructure and sustaining a safe and sustainable society.

The post-doctoral researcher would overall concentrate on analysing the hydro-morphodynamic changes in seasonally ice-covered river channels and participate in field measurements. In particular, the post-doctoral researcher would concentrate on parameterizing and developing the hydro-morphodynamic modelling and its applications under ice-covered conditions (incl. hydraulics and sediment transport). The field data gathered from ice-covered and open-channel flow seasons would be applied for the refinement of the model parameterization, code and application approaches.

The position requires a strong theoretical and experimental background in fluvial research, and computational methods. Thus, applicants should have a doctoral degree in water and environmental engineering, hydrological sciences, environmental sciences, physical geography or other relevant fields of science regarding fluvial research and computational methods. For this position, the candidate should have skills in programming, geoinformatics, and quantitative analysis. The project aims at applying Delft3D open-source model. Thus, experience of Delft3D or similar hydro-morphodynamic models and their codes are considered as an asset.
The candidate must have high motivation and aptitude for research and must enjoy working as part of a team. Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are essential. A driver’s license (valid in Finland) is needed during the field campaigns. The candidate must be able to generate bright scientific ideas and propose new methodological solutions. We also expect the candidate to work independently, and write research funding proposals and scientific articles, and participate in teaching.

Research Environment
The successful applicant will join a young and dynamic team of world-class researchers at Aalto University’s School of Engineering. Aalto University is a public research university which was established in 2010 after a merger of three major Finnish universities. It is consistently highly ranked in the areas of science, art, technology and business. The University’s main campus is located in Espoo, Otaniemi, approximately 15 minutes by metro from the center of Helsinki. Helsinki is a safe, clean, green capital city with a very high quality of life. Most Finns speak English fluently. More information about living and working in Finland can be found at

Salary, terms and conditions
Funding for the postdoc is available first for a two-year period. If the two-year period has been successful, a new contract (1 year) will be made. The expected starting date is January/February 2022.
The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to conduct field work independently or with a research team in (remote) river locations in Finland and Sweden, to analyze the gathered spatial data, apply the data in model experiments, refine the model parameterization, code and application approaches, and perform model simulations. The candidate is also expected to present at high-level scientific conferences, to publish in leading academic journals, and to participate in the activities of Water and Environmental Engineering team, and to assist in teaching activities (max 5% of working hours).
The salary range, terms and conditions are based on a collective bargaining agreement among Finnish universities. The starting salary for postdoctoral researchers at Aalto University is currently around 3,600€ per month (gross) which may be gradually increased over time according to performance. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational health care.

How to apply
All applications must include the following materials.
  • Motivation letter with the applicant’s contact information and an indication of the preferred starting date (max 1 page)
  • CV including details of all academic merits, and contact information for 2 persons who may be contacted to provide a character reference (max 3 pages)
  • Complete list of publications
  • An outline of the experience in fluvial research, field work, hydro-morphodynamic modelling and programming of the applicant (max 2 pages)
  • Summary of the applicant’s doctoral thesis (max 1 page)
  • Copy of the applicant’s doctoral degree certificate

All materials should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled in the order specified above). The application should be submitted through our online eRecruitment system (‘Apply’) before 7 January 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.
Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period and consider candidates who have not applied during the application period.

Further information
Further information about working at Aalto University can be found at Content-related questions about the vacancy may be directed via email to Eliisa Lotsari (Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, in Water Engineering, while recruitment-related questions may be directed to Kirsi Kärkkäinen (HR Coordinator, using the email format Please send your possible inquiries by 22 December 2021.

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