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Doctoral Candidate position in Geoengineering, Aalto University School of Engineering, Finland
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. 

Aalto University School of Engineering and Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for Doctoral Candidate position: Modelling of failure and post-failure behaviour of granular slopes with Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method. 

The geoengineering research group is seeking a highly motivated and creative Doctoral Candidate who would undertake the task of modelling the granular slope failure as well as the resulting landslide with the Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method. The candidate will work in an international group at the Department of Civil Engineering, and under supervision of Assistant Professor Wojciech Sołowski https://people.aalto.fi/en/wojciech_solowski. More information about Aalto University and School of Engineering, please visit at http://eng.aalto.fi/en/. 

The position will allow the successful candidate to gain knowledge on modern numerical techniques, as well as their application for solving problems in soil mechanics. The research will be concentrated on modelling granular materials slope failures and the resulting landslides. At the end of the four year period the successful applicant should be a first author or co-author of three journal papers as well as several conference publications. 

Project description 

The project is funded via Professor Sołowski and is linked to Finnish Academy Project dealing with slope stability. The duration of the funding is maximum three years. The objective of the research is to use advanced constitutive models for soils to model all landslide stages. That includes initial slope instability, initial phase of sliding, as well as erosion and prediction of the outreach of a landslide. Also, the landslide triggers (e.g. heavy rainfall) may be taken into account. 

Contract and salary 

The Doctoral Candidate position is a contract-based; one year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extension for a two-year period depending on the achievements during the first contractual period and an admission to do postgraduate studies in the School of Engineering. In total, the duration of the position is three years. A funding for the possible fourth year of doctoral studies is not currently guaranteed. 

In a maximum of four years, the doctoral candidate is required to 1) complete the doctoral dissertation, 2) finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits and 3) participate in teaching. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University School of Engineering: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/Admission+requirements 

The position is available to the successful candidate immediately. For further details, please contact Assistant Professor Wojciech Sołowski at wojciech.solowskiaalto.fi. 

How to apply 

The applications for the Doctoral Candidate position are to be submitted online in May 10th 2016 at the latest at: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/759/
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