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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.  

The School of Chemical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. It combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way.

The Process Control and Automation group of the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is looking for two highly motivated


who want to join us in advancing our research at the intersection between automatic control and statistical machine learning. Our team is a vibrant research group bringing together expertise in control theory and applied mathematics. We are an innovative group with a focus on state-of-the-art investigations and a world-class infrastructure for research.

We are offering two fully-funded doctoral candidate positions in the field of stochastic modelling, analysis, and control of biological and environmental systems. We explore how data and domain knowledge can be integrated in system level analyses that combine probabilistic modelling and control theory, with efficient numerics for their solution. Our main projects regard large-scale dynamical networks in biological and environmental systems. We work on the analysis and control of mechanistic representations, under model and measurement uncertainty. We are especially interested in the robust and structural properties of these complex systems.

Your experience and ambitions

As a successful candidate you are expected to have an excellent study record in any of the disciplines related to our research, up to the MSc level. If your MSc research is already in the field of system dynamics and control, you can finalise it in our group and then continue with the doctoral studies. Prior experience in at least one of the fields of probability and statistics, control theory, optimisation, as well as numerical mathematics is necessary. A strong programming experience is also required. Moreover, we highly encourage applications from theorists with an interest in combining formal analysis with numerical simulations.

What we offer

The starting salary of a PhD student is approximately 2450 Eur/month (before taxes), and it increases as you advance in your research and studies. The contract is initially made for one year, with possibility of extension.
The total duration of doctoral studies is four years.

For more information

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor Francesco Corona (francesco.corona@aalto.fi). In matters related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Alice Björklund (alice.bjorklund@aalto.fi)

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system, at your earliest convenience. (link below) The call is open until January 31st 2021, but we aim to fill the positions as soon as suitable candidates are found.

To apply for these positions, please prepare the following documents as a single pdf file:

  • A letter of motivation describing your previous research experience and future research interests (Maximum length: 2 pages);
  • CV, with a description of skills and competences;
  • List of publications (please do not attach full copies of your publications, use links if available);
  • Contact details of at least 2 senior academics available to provide references (preferably, include recommendation letters, if available);
  • A transcript of the MSc study records and the MSc degree certificate (if completed).

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.

About Finland

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