PhD Candidate or Postdoctoral Researcher in Structures and Architecture

Aalto University - Department of Civil Engineering / Department of Architecture

Aalto University invites applications for a joint position at School of Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering and at School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Department of Architecture:

PhD Candidate or Postdoctoral Researcher in Structures and Architecture

PhD Candidate or Postdoctoral Researchers in the early stage of their career (doctoral degree completed within the past two years) are preferred. Applications from Doctoral Students completing their studies during spring term 2017 are welcome as well. The position may be extended up to five years.

Job description

The Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Architecture at the Aalto University are jointly seeking to hire an outstanding PhD Candidate or Postdoctoral Researcher. Research and teaching activities of the candidate will be in close collaboration with the new professorship in the field of Structures and Architecture as well as supporting and complementing the current research topics of the research group Building design and construction at the Department of Civil Engineering and the focus group “SMART – The Art of Structures and Materials” at the Department of Architecture. The position is also expected to enhance multidisciplinary approach.

  • Research and publishing/PhD Candidate writing a doctoral thesis in the field of Structure and Architecture with a special focus on basic research in innovative, structural lightweight systems, digital design, and advanced fabrication methods.
  • Methodological focus on computation and simulation e.g. feedback between analogue and digital processes, deployment of selforganizing forms and processes, and material properties with regard to design, performance and fabrication, complex modelling strategies.
  • Operative and practical implementation of research in terms of design-build-strategies.
  • Self-reliant and assisting teaching in the field of Structures and Architecture, enabling students to implement computational tools into their design processes.
  • Administrative tasks, such as organization of exhibitions, contributing to publications.


  • Applicants must have completed a University degree in architecture and/or engineering (Master or Diploma). Postdoctoral applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a related field.
  • Profound knowledge in architectural design and its interplay with performative and structural aspects (or vice versa), materialization and digital fabrication.
  • Excellent skills in computational design tools (e.g. algorithmic modelling, scripting, computational physics) and knowledge in complex modelling.
  • Excellent knowledge in architectural/structural geometry.
  • Heightened interest and understanding in lightweight structures deriving from selforganizing forms and processes such as minimal surfaces, elastic bending, bending active systems, etc.
  • Excellent social skills, pedagogic qualities, and interest in passing knowledge and expertise to students.
  • Fluent English, both written and spoken.


  • Academic experience at an internationally recognized university or professional experience in an internationally recognized design practice.
  • Publication record in top/leading journals, conferences, exhibitions, and other merits.
  • Experience in working on full scale experimental structures and installations.
  • Experience in acquiring funding for research projects and/or co-operation with partners form the industry.


Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. Applicants may also provide a salary request. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care benefits. Finland also has a comprehensive social security system.

For more information

For further details, please contact Prof. Günther Filz (via and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinators Anu Virtanen ( during December 2017 and Hanna Ropponen ( during January 2018.

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