Doctoral Candidate Position for the Aalto Factory of the Future

Aalto University



The “IT in Automation” research group is looking for a PhD candidate for the “Aalto Factory of the Future”. The Aalto Factory of the Future is a research factory to conduct research, innovation and educational activities around emerging trends in industrial automation such as Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things and Flexible Manufacturing. Research projects involve close co-operation with various groups within Aalto University (from the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Engineering) as well as from leading industries.

The Aalto Factory of the Future aims at developing and demonstrating solutions enabling extreme flexibility of production systems. It evolves around technologies such as robotics, mobile machines, artificial intelligence, distributed computing, edge and cloud computing, active safety, virtual reality, wireless communications, 3D printing, and smart materials.


We are looking for a candidate with a Master degree or equivalent, with a strong background in software development and hands on experience with industrial automation, mechatronics and robotics. In particular, strong programming skills are required. A good bonus is familiarity with formal models of computations. The student will be responsible for the design and implementation of a new automation architecture for the Aalto Factory of the Future.


We offer a PhD position based on a 1+2+1 years contract. Our target is that you will acquire the doctoral degree in four years. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

How To Apply

Applications including, CV, diploma, possible list of publications, and other merits should be addressed to Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Group of Information Technologies for Industrial Automation. Please apply online through the "Apply now!" link below. Send your application in a single pdf-file by 31 July 2019. Applications arriving after deadline will be considered until the position is filled. The position is available from July 2019.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Professor of Practice Jan Blech, jan.blech(at) For recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, jaana.hanninen(at)

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of AALTO’s School of Electrical Engineering. Hosting a multitude of international and world-leading researchers, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation provides a truly inspirational ecosystem, where scientists and engineers from different fields interact and work together by crossing traditional boundaries to solve the most challenging scientific and technological problems, provide an excellent education and produce greater wellbeing for society in general. Its main research focus areas are: control, robotics, autonomous systems, power systems, and Industrial electronics and informatics. The department develops technologies, data models and standards supporting the integration of industrial information systems.

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