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Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Mechanical Engineering
Aalto University School of Engineering

Date Posted Apr. 22, 2021
Title Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Mechanical Engineering
University Aalto University School of Engineering
Espoo, Finland
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline May 31, 2021
Position Start Date 1.1.2022 at the latest
  • Post-Doc
  • Industrial Design/Technology

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

School of Engineering is an international unit with nearly 70 talented professors and 3400 full-time students. Currently, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has 30 professors together with lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, and technical staff. In total, the number of personnel is about 250.

Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers in Mechanical Engineering

We seek highly qualified and motivated individuals with enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Mechanical Engineering. The positions are for a period of 2 years, with a mid-term review, and should start during the autumn 2021 or 1st January 2022 at the latest. The positions are intended for full-time work.

Positions are part of a larger funding scheme from the School of Engineering that covers altogether 10 positions in the current call. Those positions will be allocated to the successful applicants at the three departments of the school.

Teaching duties of the position are limited to about 10% of working hours and are related to Master’s programs of the Department. In addition, some activity in fund raising and guiding doctoral and master students is also expected. The Postdoctoral Researcher’s principal task is to conduct high quality research in one or several of the following themes of our research groups:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Energy Conversion
  • Energy Efficiency and Systems
  • Marine and Arctic Technology
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Mechatronics
  • Product Development

Aalto University’s strategy focuses on shaping a sustainable future, building on three core values of collaboration, courage and responsibility as well as three cross-cutting approaches of entrepreneurial mindset, radical creativity and sustainable solutions.
The applications should consider Aalto’s strategy and clearly state the multi- and/or interdisciplinary character of the planned research. Related to this, also indicate how the research links to at least two key research fields in the department and/or the School and/or the University. The candidates are also encouraged to consider how their research links to the three cross-cutting approaches of Aalto’s strategy.

In the application, the candidate should clearly state the theme(s) his/her research would focus on and indicate how it is in line with the ongoing research of the group (see ) .

Research environment

The successful candidate will work within unique research facilities, e.g., Aalto Ice Tank, ADDLAB (Aalto Digital Design Laboratory) and Industrial Internet Campus provide excellent infrastructure for researchers and students. Other significant parts of the infrastructure include laboratories for materials and manufacturing engineering and transportation engineering. We also have full-scale test halls for mechanics and structural engineering. In addition, the school has an advanced research environment for energy technology including optical diagnostics tools for energy conversion, emulator for renewable energy system testing and test room for indoor air distribution.


Applicants must i) have completed a doctoral degree in a related field, ii) manifest a strong background in the research area s/he is applying for, and iii) show a strong publication record. Fluent English is required.

To apply, an application must include:
1. Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
2. Research plan on the selected research area of the Department (mandatory to indicate clearly which one) (max three A4 pages).
3. CV including publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max three A4 pages)
4. Summary of the Doctoral Thesis (max one A4 page)
5. A certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and its translation, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
6. 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 an order specified above).

The application should be sent through the link in Aalto open positions, web site : no later than on 31 May 2021. Email applications will not be taken into account.

For more information: For additional information, please contact professor, Head of Department Jouni Partanen. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Anna-Maija Harju emails: .

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the positions open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Head of Department Jouni Partanen
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Aalto University School of Engineering
    Otakaari 4
    Espoo FI-02150


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