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Doctoral candidate in Fluvial Research

Application closes on

6.8.2021

Place

Department of Built Environment

Position

Doctoral Candidate Positions

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 nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group at Department of Built Environment Aalto University School of Engineering invites applications for

Doctoral candidate position in Fluvial Research

Research area and responsibilities: The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with a project titled “Reconstruction of river system – impacts of dam removals on hydro-morphodynamics and ecosystems (RECRIVER)”. The project will focus on analysing hydrological, geomorphological and ecological effects of three consecutive dam removals and related river restoration (Hiitolanjoki River case study site), and prepare the guidelines for further follow-up impact studies. By applying field measurement and modelling methods, the doctoral candidate will determine, how the river morphodynamics and fluvial processes change when the river transforms from a fragmented one into freely flowing river system. The responses to water quality and sediment loading, and further to aquatic habitats will be analysed during the years immediately after dam removals. In addition to analysing the impacts of dam removals, the research includes future hydro-morphodynamic simulations under changing seasonal environmental conditions of the restored river.

The research plan will be formulated together with the candidate, depending on his/her interests and expertise. The candidate must have a high motivation for research and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. The work requires participation in field measurement campaigns and their designing, application of a variety of numerical models and spatial data sets, writing of scientific publications and collaboration with the research team. The work is done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Eastern Finland, with whom pilot data have been collected from pre-dam removal conditions.

Requirements: A prospective student is expected to fulfill the following requirements.

–        Applicants must have a completed Master of Science degree in a related field.

–        A strong background in hydrological sciences and computational methods is required.

–        Familiarity with morphodynamic models, water quality models, hydrological modeling and spatial analyses is an asset.

–        Knowledge of geoinformatics, quantitative analysis and programming skills are considered as an asset.

–        Ability to work in a team, and willingness to learn.

–        Very good English proficiency.

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for entitlement to do doctoral studies at Aalto University: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply

Expectations: The applicant is expected to:

–        Publish in top journals and scientific conferences

–        Participate in research proposal preparation

–        Conduct and design field measurement campaigns

–        Participate in modelling and field measurement approach development

–        Guide MSc students 

Research environment: The successful candidate will work under supervision of Assistant Professor Eliisa Lotsari. The successful applicant will have the possibility to cooperate with world-class researchers, participate in developing measurement and modelling approaches within unique dam removal environment, and attend scientific conferences and meetings. Moreover, the research group provides strong support and academic freedom, with possibilities for transdisciplinary collaboration with national and international partners from academia, industry and public sector.

Employment: The position is at the Department of Built Environment and includes limited amount of work as a teaching assistant (5%). The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years. After two years there is a midterm review, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. The position should start in fall (September/October) 2021 and is full-time work. Total annual work time 1612 h (no office hours). Starting salary is 2540 €.

The contract includes occupational health services, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Among European cities, Helsinki and Espoo are special in being clean, safe, and close to nature, with a high standard of living. English is spoken everywhere. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-information-package.

To apply, an application must include:

  1. CV including list of possible publications and contact information for 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages)
  2. Motivation Letter with a summary of previous research experience (master thesis for example) and a statement explaining the suitability of the candidate for the applied doctoral position (maximum two A4 pages)
  3. A copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificates and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  4. An English abstract or summary of the MSc thesis
  5. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them.

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 6 August 2021. Email applications will not be taken into account. The application materials will not be returned.

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.

For more information

General information about doctoral studies at Aalto University can be found at the “Into” page (https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply). For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Eliisa Lotsari (E-mail: eliisa.s.lotsari [at] aalto.fi) before 17.6.2021. In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen (E-mail: kirsi.karkkainen@aalto.fi) before 2.7.2021.

Espoo 27.5.2021

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Post expires on Friday August 6th, 2021

Postdoctoral Researchers in Gravitational Quantum Physics

Application closes on

31.8.2021

Place

Department of Applied Physics

Position

Teaching and research positions

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 main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Quantum Nanomechanics group http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/nems/ at the Department of Applied Physics is looking for two outstanding

Postdoctoral researchers

to carry out experimental research on the recently funded ERC Advanced Grant project GUANTUM – Probing the limits of quantum mechanics and gravity with micromechanical oscillators. The goal of the project is nothing less than solving a hundred-year-old mystery of physics: Despite its success at describing phenomena in the low-energy limit, quantum mechanics is incompatible with general relativity that describes gravity and huge energies. The interface between these two has remained experimentally elusive, because only the most violent events in the universe have been considered to produce measurable effects due to the plausible quantum behavior of gravity. In this project, we aim at detecting gravitational forces for the first time within a quantum system. Instead of huge energies, we are interested in extremely low energies. We use mechanical oscillators loaded by milligram masses, and bring two such gravitationally interacting oscillators into nonclassical motional states such as squeezed or entangled quantum states. Initially, we measure the gravitational force between gold particles weighing a milligram, representing a new mass scale showing gravitational forces within a system.

Your role and goals

Postdoc #1 will be responsible for the development and measurement of “quantum gravitational” devices, where the core element is an oscillating silicon nitride membrane that is loaded by a small mass. At very low temperatures achievable in dilution refrigerators, the oscillator becomes nearly isolated from energy losses to the environment, and it can further be brought quantum with microwave optomechanics. You will accommodate these devices into a quantum-limited detection system comprising of parametric amplifiers and real-time feedback to verify the gravitational forces inside the system.

Postdoc #2 will be responsible for engineering aspects of the research: development of the cryogenic system including vibration isolation, cryogenic nanopositioning, optical imaging, and perfecting the microwave measurements.

Depending on the qualifications and interest of the candidates, the roles may be strongly overlapping. Both postdocs are expected to actively participate in instructing PhD students.

Your experience and ambitions

For this challenging research, we are looking for outstanding candidates who are motivated in experimental, low-temperature quantum physics. We require the candidates to have a proven track record in experimental research with similar or related topics, clean room microfabrication, strong interest in micromechanical systems. Additionally, the candidates should be excellent team players. Experience with cryogenics and dilution refrigerators, and skill in theoretical understanding of the studied phenomena, are considered significant assets.

What we offer

The Quantum Nanomechanics team, ambitous but relaxed with a great team spirit, carries out top -notch experimental research on the foundations of quantum mechanics. In our recent research, we have demonstrated quantum entanglement between two micromechanical resonators [Nature 556, 478 (2018), Science 372, 625 (2021)]. With superconducting qubits, we explore processing of quantum information with mechanical motion.

In our more applied research, we lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that use various types of microwave-optomechanical effects for efficient signal processing. We have realized quantum-limited microwave amplifiers and nonreciprocal components to be used in superconducting quantum technology. Besides electromechanics, we are investigating hybrid devices that aim on controlling ferromagnetic magnons using acoustic waves.

The fixed term contract is typically initially for two years. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary for a Postdoctoral researcher is approx. 3700€/month. The salary ranges from 3700€ to 4000€ per month, depending on previous experience. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, in the premises of the OtaNano national research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnologies. OtaNano provides access to all the advanced nanofabrication, nanomicroscopy and measurement facilities and techniques. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland on campus leverages the bridge between research and innovation. Several startup companies working with electronics, cryogenics, and quantum technology have recently emerged in the community. Our team belongs to the national Centre of Excellence – Quantum Technology Finland that is harnessing quantum phenomena for solid-state-based quantum devices and applications. We also belong to the European Microkelvin Platform collaboration.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the bottom of the web page. 

(1)   Letter of motivation
(2)   CV including list of publications
(3)   Degree certificates and academic transcripts
(4)   Contact details of at least two referees

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2021. The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Mika Sillanpää, Mika.Sillanpaa@aalto.fi. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Want to know more about us and your future colleaguesYou can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better world – YouTubeAalto strategy – Shaping a sustainable future – YouTube and Aalto People – YouTube

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/services/about-finland

More about Aalto University:

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Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations.

Interested?

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Post expires on Tuesday August 31st, 2021

Doctoral candidates in Gravitational Quantum Physics

Application closes on

31.8.2021

Place

Department of Applied Physics

Position

Doctoral Candidate Positions

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 main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Quantum Nanomechanics group http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/nems/ at the Department of Applied Physics is looking for two outstanding

Doctoral candidates

to carry out experimental research on the recently funded ERC Advanced Grant project GUANTUM – Probing the limits of quantum mechanics and gravity with micromechanical oscillators. The goal of the project is nothing less than solving a hundred-year-old mystery of physics: Despite its success at describing phenomena in the low-energy limit, quantum mechanics is incompatible with general relativity that describes gravity and huge energies. The interface between these two has remained experimentally elusive, because only the most violent events in the universe have been considered to produce measurable effects due to the plausible quantum behavior of gravity. In this project, we aim at detecting gravitational forces for the first time within a quantum system. Instead of huge energies, we are interested in extremely low energies. We use mechanical oscillators loaded by milligram masses, and bring two such gravitationally interacting oscillators into nonclassical motional states such as squeezed or entangled quantum states. Initially, we measure the gravitational force between gold particles weighing a milligram, representing a new mass scale showing gravitational forces within a system.

Your role and goals

Doctoral candidate #1 will work on the development, cleanroom microfabrication, and measurement of “quantum gravitational” devices, where the core element is an oscillating silicon nitride membrane that is loaded by a small mass. At very low temperatures achievable in dilution refrigerators, the oscillator becomes nearly isolated from energy losses to the environment, and it can further be brought quantum with microwave optomechanics. You will accommodate these devices into a quantum-limited detection system comprising of parametric amplifiers and real-time feedback to verify the gravitational forces inside the system.

Doctoral candidate #2 will be working on engineering aspects of the research: development of the cryogenic system including vibration isolation, cryogenic nanopositioning, optical imaging, and perfecting the microwave measurements.

Depending on the qualifications and interest of the candidates, the roles may be strongly overlapping. At the beginning, the candidates will work together with other group members. Over time, the candidates are expected to gain responsibility of their projects.

Your experience and ambitions

For this challenging research, we are looking for brilliant and energetic individuals who are motivated in experimental, low-temperature quantum physics. We require MSc degree with excellent study records in physics or electrical engineering. Additionally, the candidates should be excellent team players. Experience with hands-on research, or skill in theoretical understanding of the studied phenomena, are considered significant assets.

What we offer

The Quantum Nanomechanics team, ambitous but relaxed with a great team spirit, carries out top-notch experimental research on the foundations of quantum mechanics. In our recent research, we have demonstrated quantum entanglement between two micromechanical resonators [Nature 556, 478 (2018), Science 372, 625 (2021)]. With superconducting qubits, we explore processing of quantum information with mechanical motion.

In our more applied research, we lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that use various types of microwave-optomechanical effects for efficient signal processing. We have realized quantum-limited microwave amplifiers and nonreciprocal components to be used in superconducting quantum technology. Besides electromechanics, we are investigating hybrid devices that aim on controlling ferromagnetic magnons using acoustic waves.

The position is initially filled for 2 years, and following a successful midterm progress review, the contract is continued for another 2 years after which the PhD dissertation is expected to be completed. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary is approx. 2560€/month, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University, in the premises of the OtaNano national research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnologies. OtaNano provides access to all the advanced nanofabrication, nanomicroscopy and measurement facilities and techniques. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland on campus leverages the bridge between research and innovation. Several startup companies working with electronics, cryogenics, and quantum technology have recently emerged in the community. Our team belongs to the national Centre of Excellence – Quantum Technology Finland that is harnessing quantum phenomena for solid-state-based quantum devices and applications. We also belong to the European Microkelvin Platform collaboration.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the bottom of the web page. 

(1)   Letter of motivation
(2)   CV including list of publications
(3)   Degree certificates and academic transcripts
(4)   Contact details of at least two referees

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2021. The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Mika Sillanpää, Mika.Sillanpaa@aalto.fi. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Want to know more about us and your future colleaguesYou can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better world – YouTubeAalto strategy – Shaping a sustainable future – YouTube , and Aalto People – YouTube

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/services/about-finland

More about Aalto University:

Aalto.fi
twitter.com/aaltouniversity
facebook.com/aaltouniversity
instagram.com/aaltouniversity

Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations. Interested?

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply now!

Post expires on Tuesday August 31st, 2021