Doctoral Candidate in Photonics

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in systems science; we develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics. The School is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

We are now looking for a talented and highly motivated

Doctoral Candidate in Photonics

Your goal will be to study optical properties of various nanomaterials, such as plasmonic nanoparticles, one-dimensional materials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, nanowires), two-dimensional layered materials (e.g. transition metal dichalcogenides), and their heterostructures for various photonic and optoelectronic applications. You’ll get to conduct high quality research independently, and to work as an active member of the Photonics research group by taking part in project management duties and guiding M.Sc. students.

Research group
This research position will be supported by the Photonics group, led by Professor Zhipei Sun. The group mainly focuses on the study of physical properties of various nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, nanowires, 2D materials) for photonics and optoelectronic applications. The group belongs to the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering, and is located in the Micronova Nanofabrication Center, the largest academic clean room facility in the Northern Europe. Details of the research publications can be found via this link.

Your experience and skills
•    Master degree in physics, nanotechnology, or related topics is favorable for the position
•    Good command of English is necessary (please see the language requirements for Doctoral programme).

Salary and contract terms
The Doctoral Candidate position will be filled for 1–4 years. The expected starting salary is approximately 2440 €/month, and will increase according to performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits, holiday bonus, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Preferable starting time is before summer 2019, but can be also negotiable.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Professor Professor Zhipei Sun, zhipei.sun(at) In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin, annika.salmelin(at)

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using “Apply for this job” link below. Include the following documents in English 1) Application letter, 2) CV (with the list of publications if you have), 3) Course transcripts of Bachelor and Master degree with grades, 4) Research Statement describing your Master thesis project (and your research plan if you have), 5) English language test (if you have), 6) References. Application period closes on January 31, 2019 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

About Aalto University, Campus and Finland
The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our “Welcome to Finland” pages.


Post expires on Thursday January 31st, 2019