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Doctoral Canditate in Future Real Estate Market Environment
Aalto University School of Engineering

Date Posted Aug. 29, 2019
Title Doctoral Canditate in Future Real Estate Market Environment
University Aalto University School of Engineering
Helsinki, Finland
Department Department of Built Environment
Application Deadline Oct. 4, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
    Graduate Student
  • Real Estate

Aalto University is an international 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 people, over 400 of which are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland. School of Engineering is an international unit with nearly 70 talented professors and 3400 full-time students, including doctoral students.
Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment invites applications for DOCTORAL CANDIDATES in FUTURE REAL ESTATE MARKET ENVIRONMENT

The Real Estate Economics Research Group in the Department of Built Environment is seeking highly motivated and creative doctoral candidates who would undertake research in the area of Real estate economics, more specifically concentrating on the future development and phenomena of the real estate market. The broad research scope can include themes such as understanding the future development of supply and demand (e.g. formation of future preferences of different real estate market actors), forecasting the future impacts of different driving forces such as megatrends and weak signals as well as developing strategies and services aiming for a more sustainable real estate sector. The candidates must have a high motivation for research and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team.

The position should start in late autumn or at the end of the year 2019 and is intended for full-time work. The selected individuals will work with the research team under the supervision of Assistant Professor Saija Toivonen. The successful applicant will have possibility to cooperate with world-class researchers, as well as to attend scientific conferences and meetings. Moreover, the research team provides strong support and academic freedom, with possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration, both internationally and within Aalto University.

Requirements and expectations

The call is open for candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, such as Real Estate, Economics, Urban Geography, Construction, Architecture, Real Estate Law or Futures Studies. Applicants should have excellent academic qualifications, above average study results, a strong interest in doing research, very good English proficiency, ability to work in a team and willingness to learn. As part of your personal development, you will be encouraged to engage in teaching (formal training also provided), research activities, conferences and events.
The doctoral candidate position is contract-based; a first-year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extension for a one-year period depending on the achievements during the first contractual period and after that followed by a possible extension for another one-year period depending on the achievements during the second contractual period (1+1+1). In a maximum of four years, the doctoral student is required to 1) complete the doctoral dissertation based on peer-review publications (accepted and submitted), 2) finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits and 3) participate in teaching and in research proposal preparation. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University:…)

Salary and benefits
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be supported to participate in international conferences, and to develop knowledge and competencies for success in the future career.

How to apply
Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English:
1) CV including contact information for max 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages)
2) A certified copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English. (Minimum average grading requirements:…)
3) Students graduating at the end of 2019 are also encouraged to apply.
4) Motivation letter describing previous knowledge, previous research experience, motivation and self-assessment of suitability for doctoral studies, and reflection on how the research topics relates to the candidate’s area(s) of research interest (max 2 pages).
5) Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them. (Language skill proof requirements:…)
6) Summary of the Master’s Thesis (max one A4 page) (if already published)

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled with the order specified above). The application should be sent through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply for this job’ below) by 4 October 2019. Email applications will not be taken into account. Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not applied during the application period. The application materials will not be returned.

For more information
General information about doctoral studies at Aalto University can be found at the "Into" page ( For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Saija Toivonen tel. +358 505935345. In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen tel. +358 50 591 3981. E-mails:

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Contact Information

  • Professor Saija Toivonen
    Department of Built Environment
    Aalto University School of Engineering
    Otakaari 4, Espoo
  • +358 505935345


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