Doctoral Candidate Position in Advanced Marine Structures

Aalto University - School of Engineering

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 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. 

Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for 


Finnish maritime cluster is known for the complex and high-value products it makes for challenging environment. Collisions and groundings are major risk for maritime transport and Arctic operations can increase this risk if the special environmental conditions and their impact to ship design are not properly understood. The present position focuses on strength of thin-walled ship structures and their non-linear response. The material considered vary from normal to high strength steels. The research methods include both theoretical and experimental techniques. Therefore, the applicants are expected to possess experience on one or several of the following fields: 

  • Ship structures and naval architecture
  • Solid mechanics, material technology and/or lightweight structures
  • Crashworthiness analysis
  • Analytical, numerical (Finite Element Method) and/or experimental work.

The call is open for candidates with a Master's degree in marine technology or any other relevant discipline associated with thesis topics. The candidates are expected to be proactive, capable to work in teams, goal-oriented and to possess a good potential in knowledge, skills and attitude towards post-graduate studies in multidisciplinary field of science. 

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for doctoral students at Aalto University, School of Engineering.  For more details, see: 

The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years, but a contract is at first made for one year, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research.  The salary is according to the salary system of Aalto University. 

How to apply
Applications should be submitted online through the link provided below, and include:

  • CV
  • Certified copy of master´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Summary of previous research experience (master thesis for example) and a statement explaining the suitability and motivation of the candidate for this doctoral position (maximum one A4 page)

All material should be in English and submitted in PDF format no later than September 30th 2017.  

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide two referees and proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them.  See the languages requirements: 

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

Further information
For additional information about the project, please contact Associate Professor Jani Romanoff and for further details about the application process, please contact HR coordinator Anna-Maija Harju (email:

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