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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment
invites applications for a
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN ENVIRONMENTAL LOADING OF GEODETIC TIME SERIES
Aalto Geodesy Research Team, led by assistant prof. Maaria Nordman, has a
vacancy for a highly talented and motivated postdoc to work in a research
project EGORef (2022-2024).
EGORef (Enhancing Geodetic Observations used in global REFerence frames for
understanding the dynamic Earth) is a project where the geodetic time series
and their stability is studied empirically and via modelling. The current
position is related to the modelling part, meaning the research concentrates
on the studying and modelling of periodic and non-periodic mass-movement-
induced loading of the crust, masses including e.g. ocean and water storage
(such as groundwater) changes.
The candidate must have high motivation and aptitude for research and must
enjoy working as part of a team. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in
geodesy, land surveying, geophysics, environmental physics or a related
subject. For this position, applicants must have understanding of Earth's
response to different loads and some experience in modelling the Earth. Fluent
written and verbal communication skills in English are essential. Previous
work experience with GNSS and/or terrestrial gravity and/or GRACE data is an
The successful applicant will join a young and dynamic team of world-class
researchers at Aalto University's School of Engineering. Aalto University is a
public research university which was established in 2010 after a merger of
three major Finnish universities. It is consistently highly ranked in the
areas of science, art, technology and business. The University's main campus
is located in Espoo, approximately 15 minutes by metro from the center of
Helsinki. Helsinki is a safe, clean, green capital city with a very high
quality of life. Most Finns speak English fluently. More information about
living and working in Finland can be found at https: // www. aalto.fi/aalto-
Salary, terms and conditions
Funding for the postdoc is available for a two-year period. The expected
starting date is between September – December 2022.
The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to conduct analysis and comparison
of loading factors, e.g. Baltic Sea, oceans, and hydrology in the
Fennoscandian and Baltic geodetic time series, to present at high-level
scientific conferences, to publish in leading academic journals, to conduct
several weeks/month long research visit to collaborator's institute in Europe,
to participate in the activities of Aalto Geodesy Research Team, and to assist
prof. Nordman in teaching activities (max 5% of working hours).
The salary range, terms and conditions are based on a collective bargaining
agreement among Finnish universities. The starting salary for postdoctoral
researchers at Aalto University is currently around 3,600€ per month (gross)
which may be gradually increased over time according to performance.
How to apply
All applications must include the following materials:
Motivation letter with the applicant's contact information and an
indication of the preferred starting date (max 1 page)
CV including details of all academic merits, and contact information for 2
persons who may be contacted to provide a character reference (max 3
Complete list of publications
An outline of the previous experience of the applicant (max 2 pages)
Summary of the applicant's doctoral thesis (max 1 page)
Copy of the applicant's doctoral degree certificate
All materials should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file
(compiled in the order specified above). The application should be submitted
through our online eRecruitment system (‘Apply') before 12 August 2022.
Please note: Aalto University's employees and visitors should apply for the
position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi
webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.
Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. Aalto University
reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period
and consider candidates who have not applied during the application period.
Further information about working at Aalto University can be found at
https: // www. aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-information-package.
Content-related questions about the vacancy may be directed via email to
Maaria Nordman (professor, EGORef principal investigator) while recruitment-
related questions may be directed to Kirsi Kärkkäinen (HR Coordinator, before
1.7. and after 8.8.), using the email format firstname.lastname@example.org.
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