Aalto University is an international 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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 people, over 400 of which are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland. The School of Engineering is an international unit with nearly 70 talented professors and 3400 full-time students, including doctoral students
The Energy Conversion and Systems group at the School of Engineering is looking for an excellent
PhD candidate to work on the integration of heat storage in industrial and communal energy systems .
The thesis is part of a funded project by the Academy of Finland called OptStorage, which focuses on industrial and communal energy systems optimization, novel energy storage materials, and artificial intelligence. We study what environmental, economic, and energy efficiency effects new thermal energy storages can have, and what kind of properties new materials need to have to reach the paradigm shift towards carbon-neutral energy use.
The focus of this PhD thesis is to study the possibilities to integrate heat storage in industrial energy systems and to study how industrial waste heat sources can be utilized in communal and single-family house energy systems. The thesis is part of a funded project by the Academy of Finland called OptStorage, which focuses on industrial and communal energy systems optimization, novel energy storage materials, and artificial intelligence. Process modeling, simulation, optimization, and machine learning are the main research tools used.
PhD students use 5- 10% of their working time to teach (instructing bachelor theses, course assisting).
A master of science in energy technology, process engineering technology, or applied mathematics
Basic knowledge of industrial processes
Basic knowledge of statistics, data science, and /or optimization is beneficial
Excellent working knowledge of the English language.
Fluency in Finnish is asset
What we offer
The contract will have the structure of 2+2 years, with a midterm review before the second two-year period. The standard salary level starts approximately at 2 550 € per month, with scheduled raises based on progress in studies.
As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as occupational health care services and versatile exercise services. Finland has a comprehensive social security system.
How to apply
Please send your application at your earliest convenience as a single PDF file through our online recruitment system via the 'Apply now' link below. If you are currently working at Aalto University, please submit your application via HR System Workday (Career – Find jobs – Apply).
Your application should include the following documents:
Motivation letter (max 1 page)
CV including a list of publications (if any)
Recommendation letters (max. 3) or contact details of references
Degree certificates transcript of records for both BSc and MSc studies.
Please include your earliest possible starting date in the motivation letter.
The deadline for application is March 13th, 2023 .
For additional information, please contact Dr. Timo Laukkanen (timo.laukkanen(at)aalto.fi).
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.
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