Doctoral Candidate in Real Estate Economics

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Department of Built Environment


Doctoral Candidate Positions

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 350 professors. In addition, Aalto University offers an exciting and collaborative environment that supports creative innovation and individual development.

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The position is at Real Estate Economics Research Group in the Department of Built Environment ( in the research group led by Assistant Professor Heidi Falkenbach. The position is a full-time position, for 3 years (1+2 years) with a potential of extension to a fourth year.

The position is directly linked to the research project “Outcomes of land policy in real estate markets” funded by Academy of Finland, where we quantitatively evaluate how land policies affect housing markets.  The detailed focus of the research can be adjusted according to the interests of the candidate.


The call is open for candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, such as a degree in real estate economics, economics, urban geography, econometrics or statistics. You should have excellent academic qualifications and above average study results. You should have a strong interest in doing research as well as knowledge of quantitative research methods. You are fluent in English and you have good communication skills. You are organized, rigorous and able to work independently. 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 student position is contract-based; a one-year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extension for two-year period depending on the achievements during the first contractual period. 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. 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, to apply for fellowships, and to develop knowledge and competencies for success in the future career.

For more information

For further details, contact Assistant Professor Heidi Falkenbach, Aalto University. E-mail:

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English:

1.       CV

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: Students graduating in autumn 2020 are also encouraged to apply.

3.       Short cover letter describing your previous knowledge, previous research experience, motivation and self-assessment of suitability for doctoral studies, and reflection on how the project topic relates to your area(s) of research interest (max 2 pages).

4.       Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them.

The applications for the doctoral student position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply now’ below). The deadline for applications is June 15, 2020. The suggested start date of the contract is August 3, 2020, unless otherwise agreed.

All material should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned.

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.

In Espoo 15.5.2020


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Post expires on Monday June 15th, 2020