Doctoral Candidate in Mathematical Programming and Optimisation Aalto University, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis Finland

Doctoral Candidate in Mathematical Programming and Optimisation


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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Doctoral Candidate in Mathematical Programming and Optimisation


The System Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is looking for a candidate to develop research in the area of optimisation under uncertainty under the supervision of Prof. Fabricio Oliveira, with specific emphasis on data-driven adaptive/robust optimization and/ or stochastic programming methods. Areas of application are production planning and supply chain management problems; however, they can be agreed according to the candidate background and research interests.


Preference will be given to candidates with strong knowledge in optimisation/ mathematical programming and strong programming skills. Experience in machine learning, decomposition methods, stochastic programming, and robust optimization will be greatly valued, but are not mandatory. An excellent command of English is required.


The approximate timescale for completing the doctoral degree is 4 years. The employment and doctoral student admission decisions will be made in August / (they are made once a month, except in July), and the new doctoral students will start at latest in September 2018. The employment will be two years full-time for the first contract, which can be extended to cover the remainder of the doctoral study. The maximum funding period is 4 years. The initial salary is €2449 and the contract includes occupational health care and social security benefits.


The Doctoral Program at Aalto University is intended for the candidates of excellent academic background motivated in pursuing a full-time doctoral program and producing cutting-edge research of the highest international level. Applicants must fulfil the admission requirements to the Aalto Doctoral Programme of Science and, if chosen for position, apply for and obtain the right to pursue doctoral studies at Aalto. For more information on the general requirements and the application process for post-graduate studies, please visit


Please send your application as a single PDF file at earliest convenience by May 31, 2018 through the eRecruitment system via the link ´Apply for this job´. Your application should include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page, important: provide clear, but honest, evidence of your skills related to the research description and requirements above);

  • A preliminary research plan describing research interests, accomplishments, and skills related to the research description above (two A4 pages);

  • Academic CV;

  • Transcript of academic records (certified copies in English) and proof of English proficiency (if the degree is not in English);

  • Two reference letters.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an on-line interview.


Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and age. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals from all sectors of the community.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Professor Fabricio Oliveira or HR Coordinator Johanna Glader (application process). E-mails:


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