Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainable, Lean and/or Digital operations management in construction

by:  Aalto University

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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for

Postdoctoral Researcher position in Sustainable, Lean and/or Digital operations management in construction

Job description and Research

The Department of Civil Engineering at the Aalto University is offering a Postdoctoral Researcher position in research related to various research projects. Ongoing research projects include research on sustainable construction, lean construction and Digitalizing Construction Workflows. The common theme across these projects is the use of digitalized situational awareness. The research can focus on the digitalization end of the problem (i.e. models and ontologies for situational awareness, reality capture technology / sensors etc.) or on the process side of the problem – use of situational awareness to solve problems related to sustainable and resourcewise construction, issues of collaborative planning or enabling lean construction through digitalization. The department has several funded research projects on related topics.

Research Group

The Postdoctoral Researcher position is located in the research group of Building Design and Construction. For more general information of the research and teaching of the Department, go to


Applicants must i) have completed a doctoral degree in a related field, ii) have a strong background in lean construction or digitalization of construction or other fields related to the research topic iii) have sound knowledge in theme-specific methods. A strong publication record, experience in instructing or supervising doctoral and master students and Experience in team building and leadership are benefits in the application. Fluent English is required. Fluent Finnish is considered a benefit because much of the research data will be collected in Finnish projects and using Finnish documents.

Contract and Salary

The initial contract is for one year, followed by possible extensions of up to three years depending on funding availability. Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

For more information

For further details, please contact Professor Olli Seppänen and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Ida Nieminen. Emails:

How to apply

The applications for the Postdoctoral Researcher position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply now' below) no later than March 2, 2021.

Required application documents

  1. Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
  2. Copy of DSc/PhD degree certificate
  3. Transcript of records for MSc and DSc/PhD studies, including translations to English (if not originally provided in English, Finnish or Swedish)
  4. Research plan on the selected research theme (mark clearly). If your research interest falls within various themes, specify this and combine these into same document (max three A4 pages)
  5. Short statement of your philosophy on instructing researchers as well as of your envisioned role in a multidisciplinary research team (max one A4 page)
  6. CV including publications and contact information for 2 referees (max four A4 pages)
  7. Summary of the Doctoral Thesis (max one A4 page)

All material should be submitted in English and in PDF format.

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.

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