Doctoral candidate in Precipitation and Urban Hydrological Modelling

Aalto University

Espoo and Helsinki, , FI

We seek qualified and highly motivated individuals with a convincing study record on computational methods in hydrological or atmospheric sciences. A one-year contract is granted first, followed by a likely extension for a three-year period. The position is available to start in August 2018. The starting monthly salary for the position will be 2425 euros.

Description: The successful candidate will work in a project titled “Construction of 2D design storm events”. The research objectives of the project are twofold: 1) to construct design rainfall events where the rainfall fields have a two-dimensional spatial structure varying in time due to advection and temporal evolution, and 2) to explore the benefit of the more realistic design events in urban hydrological assessments and planning. The work will build upon spatiotemporal precipitation and urban hydrological modelling research at the Aalto University. Ensemble simulations of design storms are generated using a stochastic precipitation generator. The storms are used as an input for urban hydrological models to estimate probabilities for design variables required in storm water management in changing climate. The doctoral candidate will collaborate with the radar research groups of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the University of Helsinki. Within the described objectives, the candidate has an opportunity to focus doctoral research to the themes of her/his specific interests.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a completed (or a nearly completed) Master of Science degree in a related field. A strong background in water engineering, hydrological or atmospheric sciences and computational methods is required. Proficiency in statistics, spatial analyses, programming, and applied mathematics is considered an asset. 

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University:

Research environment: The successful candidate will work within a team of researchers led by Professor Harri Koivusalo, with Senior University Lecturer Teemu Kokkonen, Staff Scientist Juha Järvelä and Postdoctoral researchers. The topics relate to computational description of hydro-meteorological processes, water resources management, and environmental hydraulics. The doctoral student is encouraged to spend an exchange period outside of the Aalto University during the course of the doctoral studies. 

To apply: Applications must include:

  1. CV including possible publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages).
  2. Motivation Letter with a summary of previous research experience (Master’s thesis for example), a statement explaining the suitability of the candidate for the applied doctoral position, and a brief description how to pursue the given research objectives during the doctoral studies (maximum two A4 pages).
  3. Copies of Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates and official transcripts of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  4. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or educated in any of them.

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All material should be in English and submitted in PDF format in a single PDF file.

The application should be submitted through the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than Thursday May 31, 2018.

For additional information about the project, please contact Dr. Teemu Kokkonen (email: [email protected]) and for further details about the application process, please contact HR Coordinator Päivi Rundgren (email: [email protected]).

General information for international candidates: