Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for
Postdoctoral Researcher or Doctoral Candidate position in application of laser-spectral techniques in investigations of rocks and mineral based materials
Modern laser techniques such as scanning by a supercontinuum lidar for hyperspectral absorption or pulsed lasers for Raman and LIBS spectra provide innovative tools to remote characterization of rock and geomaterials based on their mineralogical composition, texture and surface topography. These methods have therefore, a substantial potential in improving energy and the resource efficiency in raw material supply by enabling rapid classification for engineering purposes based on mineral composition. Rapid classification from feasible working distances improves also occupational safety, selective mining and the optimization of excavation and mineral processing. Laser scanning and spectral methods can also be applied more widely in raw material value chain for example in the recycling processes and waste management, in rock aggregate production and in concrete technologies.
The research will have a link to the ongoing LaserInsitu research project by the Academy of Finland. However, the research will be carried out as a part of an innovation oriented project that has been approved to be funded for the next two years as a part of the Challenge Finland R&I campaign by Tekes, The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Other opportunities to initiate research activities and build up research collaboration can be obtained through EIT Raw Materials KIC where Aalto University is a core partner.
The research to be carried out will focus on how data obtained by laser techniques, laser spectroscopy and image analyses can be integrated to mining engineering and geological practices. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also participate to the project planning of industrially driven innovation projects that aim to commercialize the outcomes of the Challenge Finland-project.
The research will be carried out as a part of the Mineral Based Materials and Mechanics Research Area of the Department of Civil Engineering (http://civileng.aalto.fi/en/). The research facilities include FEI Quanta 450 environmental field emission scanning electron microscope, Polarized light microscopes (with UV-light) for thin and polished sections, Burleigh Person SPM AFM-microscope, FT-IR-spectrometry, a gas-chromatographer device, XRD and TXRF-equipment for mineralogical studies, and a laser diffractometer for grain size-distribution analysis.
Aalto University is also a partner of the Finnish Geosciences Research Laboratory at Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) that provides several micro-analytical methods for characterization of mineralogy of rock samples and granular materials. The most significant for this project is EOL TM JSM-7100F Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with the Oxford Instruments EDS system and the Feature software package for rapid mineral and particle search, identification and classification. GTK, Aalto and The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have also received a Finnish Research Infrastructure (FIRI) grant financed by the Academy of Finland to setup a joint high-power X-ray computed tomography (μ-CT)” instrument on the Otaniemi campus. The analytical capacity of this research infra is located only a walking distance away from our facilities. The project can also utilize the unique ore and mining geological collections of Aalto for testing in underground test tunnel of Otaniemi campus.
Applicants for Postdoctoral Researcher position must i) have completed (within the past five years) a doctoral degree in a related field, ii) have a strong background in mining engineering, mineral processing engineering, engineering geology, structural geology, mineralogy or related applied geoscientific fields iii) show a strong publication record, iv) have experience in instructing/supervising doctoral and master students, and v) have sound knowledge in theme-specific methods particularly mineralogical and petrological investigation methods. Experience in team building and leadership is an asset. Fluent English is required.
The key tasks of the Doctoral Candidate will be integration of the outcomes of laser spectroscopic analysis and image analysis to mining engineering and geological investigation practices and models. Required background skills and competences can be obtained by master’s degree in mining engineering, mineral processing engineering, engineering geology, structural geology, mineralogy or related applied geoscientific fields. It can be possible to complete the study as a joint degree particularly with partner universities of the EIT Raw Materials KIC. Besides the preparation of the doctoral dissertation, doctoral candidate is expected to finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits, participate in teaching and participate in further research collaborations of the research group.
For the candidate qualified for Doctoral Candidate position, an official Aalto University application process for doctoral studies will be accomplished:
Hence, before preparing his/her application for the Doctoral Candidate position the applicant should ensure that the corresponding formal requirements will be fulfilled:
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities.
For further details, please contact Professor Jussi Leveinen and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi. Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
The applications for the Postdoctoral Researcher/Doctoral Candidate position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than April 2, 2017.
All material should be submitted in English and in PDF format.
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.