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Aalto University School of Science
Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis
Otakaari 1
01250 Espoo
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Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 13 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis is an international highly regarded academic community of more than 100 employees, with around 20 professors, 10 lecturers, 20 postdocs, and 45 doctoral candidates. Our department has a particularly welcoming culture, nurturing innovativeness and communication among our international and diverse faculty.

We are now looking for several

Doctoral Researchers in Mathematics, Operations Research, and Statistics

The doctoral researchers will work within one of the department’s main research areas:

  • Algebra and Discrete Mathematics
  • Analysis
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Maths & Arts
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Operations Research and Systems Analysis
  • Statistics and Mathematical Data Science

More information on the specific research areas of the department’s faculty members can be found at Aalto SCI MS .

The positions primarily involve research with the goal of a doctoral degree. All doctoral researchers are also required to participate in teaching of bachelor’s and master’s level courses as teaching assistants.

The positions are located at the Aalto University’s Otaniemi Campus in Espoo, in the Greater Helsinki area. They will be filled at the latest in August 2024. The precise starting date is negotiable.


An applicant must have completed by August 2024

  • a master’s degree awarded by a university, or
  • a study programme that in the awarding country gives eligibility for doctoral level studies

in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or a closely related field. Moreover, a good command of English is required. Knowledge of the Finnish language is not required.

Applicants must fulfill the admission criteria of the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science and, if chosen for a position, apply for and obtain the right to pursue doctoral studies at Aalto University. In particular, a professor willing to supervise the applicant must be appointed as the official supervisor of the doctoral studies upon admission to the doctoral programme. For more information on the general requirements and the application process for doctoral studies, please visit Doctoral education | Aalto University .

Salary and duration

The contracts will have the structure of 2+2 years, with a midterm review before the second two-year period. The standard salary level starts at 2 693€ per month, with scheduled raises when signing the second two-year contract and when submitting the doctoral thesis for pre-examination. The annual total workload is 1612 hours.

Application Instructions

How to apply

Address your application to the Head of Department and submit it electronically through the 'Apply' link at Doctoral Researchers in Mathematics, Operations Research, and Statistics | Aalto University. The review of applications will begin on 31 December 2023 (first deadline), and decisions may be made already before the final deadline on 31 January 2024 at 23:59 EET (UTC+2). The application material must be in English and must include the following documents as a single file in the PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):

  • A cover letter, including motivation for applying as well as clearly indicating the departmental research areas that interest you the most. In addition, you may mention the names of 1-3 professors or lecturers you consider the most suitable advisors for your doctoral studies;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Course transcripts of your BSc and MSc studies with grades. It is not necessary that a MSc degree (or comparable) has already been awarded, but it must be by August 2024;
  • A one-page description of your MSc thesis project (or comparable final project), with a link to the thesis if possible;
  • Contact details of two referees, who are willing to write recommendation letters if contacted.

Before applying, the candidate may preemptively enquire about the availability of advisor(s) or contact the academic coordinator David Radnell for more information.

Candidates may be invited for online interviews.

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

Academic Coordinator David Radnell ( is happy to give you more information about the positions and the department.

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Partner Johanna Glader (

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Dr. David Radnell