Postdoctoral Researcher (Hydrology and vulnerability)

Aalto University

Espoo and Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

Water & Development Research Group ( at Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment invites applications for:

Position for a Postdoctoral Researcher in hydrology and vulnerability

We seek a highly qualified and motivated individual with an enthusiastic attitude towards high-quality interdisciplinary research to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher in our team. The position is for a period of 1+2 years, and should start in July 2018. The position is intended for full-time work, but a part-time arrangement can be considered by mutual consent.  

Project description: The research of the postdoctoral fellow will be part of the Academy of Finland funded project ‘Water and vulnerability in fragile societies’, coordinated by University of Helsinki. The project explores new approaches of linking biophysical and socio-political processes connected with water vulnerability. The postdoc will analyse the sensitivity of hydrological regimes to anthropogenic change in three study areas: 
1) Grijalva River basin in Mexico, 2) Kalimantan in Indonesia; 3) Mekong River basin in Cambodia.

Main responsibilities: The work will be of interdisciplinary character including developing and applying hydrological models as well as assessing large scale climate patterns to understand the future anthropogenic change in the study areas. The resulting insights are then integrated with social data in collaboration with the local counterparts in the study areas. The postdoc will also participate in building capacity and instructing Aalto based PhD and MSc thesis.

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The Water & Development Research Group is among the world leading groups in global water issues. The key focus of the group is on integrating water with other topical global challenges, such as food security, urbanisation and energy generation.

Qualification requirements: Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree from a relevant field within the past five years. Further, due to the nature of the work, the applicant’s readiness to travel to case study countries (Mexico, Indonesia, and Cambodia) on an annual basis is crucial. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.

Assessment criteria: In the evaluation process, attention will be given to research skills, particularly working with hydrological models and working with large spatial datasets, and experience in transdisciplinary research.  

The following are particularly meriting

  1. Strong quantitative skills; experience in hydrological modelling and analysing large spatio-temporal datasets
  2. Good background in water resources and hydrology
  3. Strong programming skills and extensive experience with programming languages such as Python, R, Matlab
  4. Ability to read and write academic articles; good publication record
  5. Experience and interest in working in a multidisciplinary project
  6. Some skills in one or many of the case study area languages counts as an additional merit

To apply, an application must include:

  • Motivation Letter, including full contact information (max one A4 page)
  • CV including publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max four A4 pages)
  • Summary of the Doctoral Thesis (max one A4 page)
  • Copy of PhD diploma

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (in the order listed above).

The application should be submitted through the eRecruitment system(link ‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than 15th of April 2018. The application material will not be returned.

For more information: Assistant Professor Matti Kummu (matti.kummu[at] / +358-50-407 5171 – possible queries will be replied only after 3rd of April), and in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Päivi Rundgren (paivi.rundgren[at] / +358-50-379 8020).

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.

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