Doctoral Candidate in Multi-physics Analysis and Design of Smart Building Elements
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics

Title: Doctoral Candidate in Multi-physics Analysis and Design of Smart Building Elements
Employer: Aalto University
Job location: Lämpömiehenkuja 2, 02150 Espoo
Published: January 10, 2019
Application deadline: June 30, 2019
Job types: PhD
Fields: Electrical Engineering, Electronics



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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 campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in electronics, electromagnetics and radio communications and radar systems; we develop enabling and groundbreaking solutions for smart living environments and cities. The school is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

Doctoral candidate in multi-physics analysis and design of smart building elements.The antennas and propagation group at Aalto University invites you to apply for the doctoral candidate position in multi-physics analysis and design of smart building elements. The important challenge in a smart city is to realise both energy efficiency and connectivity for buildings and its residents. Typical energy-efficient buildings prevent wireless base-station signals from reaching the inside of a building. Hence ensuring indoor connectivity by outdoor cellular wireless infrastructure requires significant innovations in both wireless infrastructure and building elements. This challenge is even more important as the fifth-generation (5G) broadband wireless networks comes into play to support especially wireless indoor connectivity.

In this position, you have the opportunity to perform state-of-the-art research on electronics, electromagnetics and radio communications in a group recognized worldwide in 5G research. You will co-design antennas and microwave circuits for smart buildings in collaboration with experts from building engineering and material science, both from academy and industry. The multi-physics design and analysis of building elements with embedded antennas and circuits will be performed using Comsol Multiphysics and CST Studio Suite software packages. You will demonstrate the suitability of the novel building elements by fabricating them for electromagnetic, thermal, mechanical and acoustic insulation tests. You will have access to a wide research infrastructure including antenna and circuit fabrication workshops, microwave instruments and antenna chambers. Our target is that you will acquire the doctoral degree in four years.

You have a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, with a high average grade as well as excellent grades from courses on electronics. Those who gained practical experience in microwave circuit design during his/her master's degree are most welcome for this position. Background and interests in radio communications systems along with experience in radio frequency instrumentation and measurements are assets. Please document all experience in radio frequency designs and measurements in your application.

In this position you will apply for the study right for doctoral studies at Aalto University. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria. In particular, please pay attention to the mandatory skill level in English.

Research group

The antennas and propagation group of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University is recognized for its 5G research in Europe. We have performed research in radio instrumentation and measurements, radio propagation modeling, and antenna measurement methods for more than twenty years with outstanding outcomes, strong visibility in notable scientific conferences and journals, and a wide network of collaboration around the world. The antennas and propagation group accommodates University Lecturer Dr. Clemens Icheln and four doctoral students as of February 2019. More information about the antennas and propagation group.

Salary and contract terms

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2450 €/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The starting time is flexible but no later than fall 2019.

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Associate Professor Katsuyuki Haneda, In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin,

Ready to apply?


Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link. Please include the following documents in English

Application letter

Course transcripts of Master's studies with grades and Certificate of Master's degree
Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications if any)
Brief description of your research interests
The call is open until June 30, 2019, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

About Aalto University, Campus and Finland
The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit ourinformation pages for international staff.

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