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Doctoral researcher in electrically and thermally conducting bio-based fabrics for smart textiles

Application closes on

5.10.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Doctoral candidates

The Department of Applied Physics is now looking for a

Doctoral researcher in electrically and thermally conducting bio-based fabrics for smart textiles

A cross-disciplinary team at Aalto University is looking for a doctoral researcher (Ph.D. candidate) for the Department of Applied Physics to work on conducting lignocellulose fabrics for smart textiles.

The work is done in a project that is part of the FinnCERES Flagship “Redefining the Bioeconomy With advanced bio-based materials” (https://www.finnceres.fi/). In the project, we aim to produce multi-functional conductive bio-based fabrics through an eco-friendly and scalable graphene-based coating without using metals and unsafe chemicals. The target is to achieve good tensile strength, hydrophobicity, fire retardancy, electrical and thermal conductivity, and durability. The research aims to create new opportunities to fabricate high-value-added bio-products, including washable smart textiles with built-in sensors.

Electrically conducting textiles are needed in virtually all eTextile applications. While the project contributes to the development of conducting textile materials in general, the focus is first on electro-thermal applications. The project develops conductive inks containing safe carbon-based materials such as graphene and a suitable polymeric binder. Coated on fabrics, such polymeric conductive coatings do not restrict the bending and flexibility of textiles and resist several cycles of washing and abrasion.

Your role and goals

You will study the functional properties of the coated fabrics and their performance experimentally and theoretically, evaluating the results in view of potential applications. Using structural, electrical, and thermal measurement techniques, including thermal and microscopic imaging you learn to understand how the properties of the materials in the conductive textiles translate to their macroscopic electrical and thermal properties. With your results, you get to provide feedback for improving the material formulations and fabrication methods used in the project.  You will develop knowledge and skills to analyze the electrothermal results with device physics modeling based on the physical properties of the yarns, coatings, and fabrics (structural, electrical, thermal). You will learn hands-on research skills by designing and building measurement rigs for testing the electro-thermal performance of the coated fabric samples for different applications. You will also develop skills to evaluate the technological potential of smart bio-based materials for practical applications and to innovate new applications.

Based on your results, you are expected to write and co-author peer-reviewed journal papers which contribute to the fulfillment of the requirements for a doctoral degree and give conference and seminar presentations. You are also expected to participate in advising B.Sc and M.Sc thesis workers or other student projects on the research topic.

Working group

The working group includes experts from material science, chemistry, and physics. Your focus will be on the physics aspects. You will be affiliated with the New Energy Technologies group at the Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, and supervised by University Lecturer Dr. Janne Halme. You will work in close collaboration with the Textile Chemistry group of Prof. Ali Tehrani, School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

Janne Halme is a University Lecturer in the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. He is a researcher and educator on new energy technologies and solar energy with interests in interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship education, sustainability, and innovation. His main research field is solar energy physics and engineering, especially colored and printed photovoltaics. Most relevant to this project is his expertise in device physics and performance modeling of energy conversion devices, like photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells, impedance spectroscopy, stability studies, and device simulation. He has recent experience with e-textile research from Sun-Powered Textiles project funded by Business Finland (Co-Innovation). Aalto research profile: https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/janne-halme

Ali Tehrani is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) at Aalto University with an educational background in Textile Chemistry and Fiber Science. He is currently leading the Textile Chemistry group at BIO2 which is developing green textile coloration and functionalization. He has worked on several research projects in textile coloration, applied surface chemistry, and electrospun nanofibrous membranes. His recent research work on conductive graphene-based polymer composites, which is published in six peer-reviewed scientific publications, is the ground proof of concept for the project related to this position. Aalto research profile: https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/ali-tehrani-bagha

Your experience and ambitions

  • Master’s degree in physics, materials science, materials engineering, electrical engineering, or equivalent on a topic of relevance. Alternatively, proof that the applicant will have their master’s thesis submitted before the start of the contract.
  • Master’s degree GPA above 3.5/5 (or equivalent, required to enter the doctoral program).
  • Experience in carrying out independent project-based work and working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Capacity to ideate, plan and perform high-quality scientific research.
  • Experience in electrical or thermal measurements or modeling of materials or devices either from projects or studies.
  • Interests in ideating and developing new industrial applications for functional materials.
  • Very good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

We appreciate broad experience in electrical and thermal measurement techniques, especially thermal imaging applied to materials research. Interest and capacity for both theoretical and experimental work are benefits, although the tasks can also be aligned with the person’s best abilities and interest in skills development. We appreciate the genuine interest in application-driven scientific research and the commercialization of research results. The selection is based on the candidate’s suitability and the benefit to the project team, meaning that in addition to academic performance, we want to find a person whose interests and personality are a good fit for the team. We encourage especially females and other applicants from minority backgrounds to apply.

We offer

  • High-end laboratory facilities and friendly colleagues.
  • A research community that values bold, innovative research.
  • Opportunities to learn scientific teamwork, research, and communication skills.
  • Support for developing your innovative ideas.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is approximately 2600 €/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland´s comprehensive social security.  Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by 5th October 2022. 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 Aalto web page. 

  • A letter of motivation stating your personal career goals and how conducting a PhD is aligned with them
  • A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history
  • A letter of recommendation of a supervisor of MSc work or current employer
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • Course transcripts of the previous degree accomplished.

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, kindly contact Dr. Janne Halme (janne.halme@aalto.fi). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, extend the application period, reopen the application process, and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

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Post expires on Wednesday October 5th, 2022

Doctoral Researcher in Integrated Circuit Design for Future Wireless Applications

Application closes on

10.10.2022

Unit

School of Electrical Engineering

Job category

Students (assisting teaching and research) Doctoral candidates

We are now looking for a talented and highly motivated

Doctoral Researcher in Integrated Circuit Design for Future Wireless Applications

The Electronic Circuit Design unit at the Aalto University invites applications for doctoral candidate positions in the integrated circuit (IC) design. We have several positions open on industrial-driven research projects focusing on future 5G/6G communication and miniature radar technologies.

Job description
In this position, you will do research and doctoral studies on integrated electronic circuit design from design to measurement verification.  Your work will be related to our research projects focusing on IC design for wireless technologies, particularly for emerging 5/6G communication and also their hardware accelerators. You will learn to design integrated circuits applying the latest nanometer-scale CMOS technology. Depending on your interest and background we can offer you a research topic ranging from MMIC design to mixed-mode and digital designs. You will join an active research group, which research is closely linked to our industrial and academic partners. Our target is that you will acquire the doctoral degree in four years.

Requirements
You have a Master’s degree in relevant field of Electrical Engineering. High average grade as well as excellent grades on courses on electronics are appreciated. You may be a fresh M.Sc, or gained already some design experience in industry. Your background and interests can be in any field of integrated circuit design. We expect you to be open-minded for new research, eager to learn more, and fit to teamwork. You mus have hands-on experience or courses taken on integrated circuit design and tools. In particular, we expect that you have gained experience on using Cadence design tools. Please document and highlight these activities in your application.

In this position you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria.

 
Research group
The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University is recognized as one of the best in Europe. We have researched RF, analog, and digital integrated circuits already close to thirty years with outstanding outcomes and we have a strong network of collaborators and funding. The Electronic Circuit Design group has three professors (Jussi Ryynänen, Kari Halonen, and Martin Andraud), two senior researchers and about 20 doctoral candidates and research assistants working with world class research facilities. Researchers of the unit have received several awards in highly recognized international conferences, and we publish 10-20 papers annually. More information about ECD unit’s research.

Salary and contract terms
The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2600 €/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefit and versatile exercise services by Unisport. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Preferable starting time is in the autumn of 2022.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Professor Jussi Ryynanen, firstname.lastname@aalto.fi. In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Riina Hiirikoski, firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruitment system by using “Apply now!” link below. Please include the following documents in English

  • Application letter
  • Course transcripts of Master’s studies with grades and Certificate of Master’s degree
  • Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications if any)
  • Brief description of your research interests

Remember to clearly indicate your experience on IC design/tools.

Application period closes on 10 October 2022 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage of open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

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 information pages for international staff.

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Post expires on Monday October 10th, 2022

Doctoral Researcher in Textile Chemistry

Application closes on

15.10.2022

Unit

School of Chemical Engineering

Job category

Doctoral candidates

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. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering is looking for a

PhD student in Textile Chemistry

The Textile Chemistry group in the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/) develops new environmentally-friendly textile coloration and finishing methods. The current research projects include (a) developing waterless salt-free reactive dyeing of cellulose, (b) synthesizing the next generation of reactive dyes, (c) functionalizing cellulose with reactive and polymerizable agents, (d) developing biobased nonwovens with water repellency and antimicrobial properties, and (e) conductive textiles.  The researchers in our group come from different backgrounds (e.g., textile chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering).  The Textile Chemistry group was established in 2021 by Associate Professor Ali Tehrani (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8206-3827).

We have an opening for a PhD student to join our vibrant group and develop an environmentally-friendly textile post-treatment method.  The research work may include:

  • Synthesis and purification of organic dyes and finishing agents
  • Study physical-chemical properties of the synthesized chemicals
  • Functionalization of cellulose with various chemicals including reactive dyes, hydrophobizing agents, and antimicrobial agents
  • Optimization of the cellulose functionalization process
  • Investigating the physical-chemical properties and durability of the functionalized cellulose

Requirements

  • A relevant master’s degree awarded by a university with a very good GPA
  • Educational background in textile, organic, polymer, or applied chemistry (or related fields)
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Excellent communications skills appropriate for interacting with other team members
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Strong motivation with the mindset of focusing on deliverables and getting the job done

We offer

  • Very supportive research community and friendly team members
  • Opportunities to learn scientific teamwork, research, and communication skills
  • Access to a wide range of laboratory equipment and characterization methods
  • Support for developing your innovative research ideas

Terms of employment

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2540€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health care and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount. We prefer the selected candidate to be able to start as soon as possible, but the starting date can be negotiated.

As a PhD student, you will participate in doctoral courses and conduct high-quality research under the guidance of the group leader. You may be involved in teaching activities in the department. You are responsible for communicating your scientific results in meetings and conferences. The duration of the PhD employment is for 4 years (contingent upon successful performance in the first year).

For more information

To know more about the admission criteria of applicants, please visit Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering | Aalto University

For additional scientific information, you may contact Prof. Ali Tehrani (firstname.lastname(a)aalto.fi).
 

How to apply      

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our online recruitment system (NOT by email) by using the link on Aalto University’s web page (“Apply now!”).

To apply, please submit a single word/pdf document in English which includes the following:

  • A cover letter stating your field of study, motivation, personal career goals, and suitability as a PhD candidate
  • A complete curriculum vitae (CV) describing education and employment history
  • A letter of recommendation of a supervisor of MSc work or current employer
  • Course transcripts of the previous degree accomplished
  • Proof of English proficiency test

Please submit your application at your earliest convenience and no later than 15th October 2022.

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

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.

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better world, Aalto People, and Shaping a Sustainable Future. You can also check out our webpage about Aalto and Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/welcome-to-aalto-university-and-finland-info-package and our new virtual campus experience:  https://virtualtour.aalto.fi/.

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.

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Doctoral Researcher positions in Computational Physics

Application closes on

26.9.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Doctoral candidates

The Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University invites applications to

Doctoral Researcher positions in Computational Physics

The positions are hosted in the SIN group (www.aalto.fi/physics-sin) at Aalto, led by Prof. Adam Foster. We are focused on theoretical methods for the characterization, assembly and function control of complex molecular systems. Our recent work has been in the context of van der Waals heterostructures, organic frameworks and bio-interfaces, with applications ranging from the development of novel quantum materials and catalysts to efficient use of biomass in biorefineries and imaging of cell membranes.

We are looking for PhD researchers to work on the interface between quantum/atomistic simulations of molecular materials and machine learning methodologies. The specific focus can be adjusted according to the experience and interests of the successful candidates. The projects are strongly linked to local and international experimental collaborations.

Requirements

Successful candidates have a master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computer Science or related disciplines. Experience of computational physics simulations and scientific programming is essential, and knowledge of machine learning in that context would be considered a major asset. The candidate must have a high motivation for research, show evidence of good written and oral communication skills in English, and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. The positions are available immediately. PhDs in Finland last approximately 4 years with a typical gross salary in the range of 2600 – 3000 €/month. Moreover, Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

How to apply?

The call is open and the position can be filled as soon as a proper candidate is found. The deadline for the first round of applications is 26th September 2022. Applications should consist of a scientific CV including publication list, a transcript of studies and the names of two referees. To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned above as one single PDF document in English through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page (“Apply Now”).

For additional information about the position, kindly contact Prof. Adam Foster (firstname.lastname (at) aalto.fi).

Please note: Aalto University’s employees should apply for the position via our internal HR system Workday -> Career -> Find jobs.

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.

What do we offer?

We are an internationally oriented community and home to world-class research and teaching. The Applied Physics department is known for long-term, high-quality and innovative research carried out in cooperation with the world’s leading research groups.

We offer many benefits, like flexible working times, a wide range of staff training opportunities and the possibility for partial remote working also after Covid restrictions. We are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Helsinki, with a metro station, two breweries and a shopping centre in our campus area.

Want to know more about us and your future colleaguesYou can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better worldAalto People , and Shaping a Sustainable Future.

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Post expires on Monday September 26th, 2022

PhD Student in Neuroscience (Ala-Laurila Lab, Finland)

Application closes on

31.12.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Doctoral candidates

We are looking for an excellent PhD Candidate to work in characterization of healthy and diseased mouse models from retinal circuits to visually guided behaviour

Timeline of the call:

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Thus, submit your application as soon as possible. In any case we will fill the position by the end of the year 2022.

Objectives:

  • Characterize the retinal output of different mouse models of retinal diseases
  • Correlate the retinal output to the animal behavior in the water maze

Host institution: Aalto University (Aalto, Finland) – Supervisor: Petri Ala-Laurila

Dr Ala-Laurila has two laboratories (http://ala-laurila.biosci.helsinki.fi/): one at Aalto University and one at University of Helsinki. Both labs work in integrated collaboration and have state-of-the art approaches to study retinal circuits and visually-guided behavior. They combine cutting-edge electrophysiological recording techniques with precise manipulations of retinal circuit function, mathematical modelling and quantitative behavioral measurements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZniIYFSIcT8

Aalto University (Aalto) is the largest technology-oriented university in Finland. The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering is located in the Otaniemi campus – one of the most important north-european technology hubs, with a high concentration of companies, and research institutes from the high-technology sector, and with a thriving culture of entrepreneurship.

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution and an innovative centre of science and thinking. University of Helsinki has contributed since 1640 to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered one of the best in the world. The multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that affect us all – with the power of knowledge, for the world.

Requirements from the applicant:

  • Highly motivated, previous experience on behavioral experiments and/or electrophysiology is a plus
  • Formal requirements for eligibility: at the time of appointment, applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Application documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (max. 3)
  • Scanned copy of the degree which would formally entitle the candidate to embark on doctorate.
  • Transcript of records for both Bachelor´s degree and Master´s degree (or equivalents).

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive so please submit your application as soon as you can.

For additional information, please contact Aarni Seppänen (Ala-Laurila lab), aarni.seppanen@aalto.fi 
 

More about your future work environment:

More about Ala-Laurila lab:
https://twitter.com/AlaLaurilaLab 
http://ala-laurila.biosci.helsinki.fi/

More about University of Helsinki:
https://twitter.com/helsinkiuni
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-biological-and-environmental-sciences/research/molecular-and-integrative-biosciences

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Post expires on Saturday December 31st, 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher in Bayesian Experimental Design for Inverse Problems

Application closes on

30.9.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Other teaching and research personnel

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis (http://math.aalto.fi/en/) at the Aalto School of Science is seeking

Postdoctoral Researcher in Bayesian Experimental Design for Inverse Problems

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Nuutti Hyvönen, and she/he will be affiliated with the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging (https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/centre-of-excellence-of-inverse-modelling-and-imaging). The position is for 2(+1) years, and it will be filled at the latest in January 2023.

Requirements

We look for scholars who are about to complete, or have completed within the past 5 years, their doctoral studies in a relevant field. The candidates are required to have a strong background in inverse problems, Bayesian experimental design, uncertainty quantification, numerical analysis, scientific computing and/or a closely related field of mathematics. Programming skills and strong interest in implementing numerical methods in practice are considered a considerable advantage. A good command of English is required, Finnish language is not.

We offer

The expected starting salary is approximately 3700 €/month. The contract includes occupational health care benefits and a holiday bonus.

How to apply
Please send your application at your earliest convenience as a single PDF file through our online recruitment system via the ‘Apply’ link. Your application should include the following documents:

  • CV and publication list,
  • contact information of two references, one of which is your PhD advisor,
  • a short research statement,
  • please include a few lines about yourself (and when you would like to start) in the application.

Applicants who have not yet completed their PhD are requested to include their expected graduation month in their CV, and an additional page comprising their up-to-date research results in more detail in the research plan.

*Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

The review of applications will begin on August 31, 2022 (first deadline), and the selection may be done already before the final deadline on September 30, 2022.

For additional information, please contact Nuutti Hyvönen (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

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

Finland is known for high quality of life, great work-life balance, clean nature, and family-friendly policies such as affordable high-quality daycare and free schools. Helsinki is a vibrant international city with a metropolitan area population of over 1.1 million people. Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and age. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals from all sectors of the community.

In Finnish/Suomeksi

Haemme tutkijatohtoria (bayesilainen kokeiden suunnittelu) kahden vuoden pituiseen työsuhteeseen. Tarkempi kuvaus tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet ovat yllä englanniksi.

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Post expires on Friday September 30th, 2022

Postdoctoral Researchers in Quantum Nanomechanics

Application closes on

30.9.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Other teaching and research personnel

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 https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-applied-physics/quantum-nanomechanics at the Department of Applied Physics is looking for outstanding

Postdoctoral researchers

to carry out experimental research on different projects related to quantum micromechanical systems. In our team, we investigate how mechanical oscillators can be utilized for fundamental research probing quantum mechanics in massive systems, or for usage in quantum information processing. In our recent research, we have demonstrated quantum entanglement between two micromechanical oscillators realized as vibrating aluminum drumheads [Nature 556, 478 (2018), Science 372, 625 (2021)].

Project 1: Feedback-based preparation of nonclassical mechanical states

The next challenges in the field include measurement-based feedback, which can be used for preparing and steering mechanical quantum states. Strong measurements and feedback operations allow for novel ways of creating nonclassical mechanical states, for example squeezed and entangled states. A grand goal is to realize quantum teleportation of the state between two oscillators. We use “microwave optomechanics” setup, where drum oscillators interact with on-chip microwave cavity resonators. You will accommodate these devices into a quantum-limited detection system comprising of parametric amplifiers and real-time feedback realized with FPGA control.

Project 2: Gravitational coupling between nonclassical masses

In this project, the goal is to touch 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. We aim at detecting gravitational forces for the first time within a quantum system. We use mechanical oscillators loaded by milligram masses and bring two such gravitationally interacting oscillators into nonclassical motional states. Initially, we will measure the gravitational force between gold particles weighing a milligram, representing a new mass scale showing gravitational forces within a system.

Project 3: Magneto acoustics

Besides electromechanics, we are building hybrid devices that aim on controlling ferromagnetic magnons using acoustic waves. Owing to the large speed of light, realizing cavity optomechanics in the microwave frequency range requires cavities up to several mm in size, hence making it hard to embed several of them on the same chip. An alternative scheme with much smaller footprint is provided by magneto acoustics, where the electromagnetic cavity is replaced by a magnet undergoing ferromagnetic resonance, and the optomechanical coupling originates from magnetic shape anisotropy. The small footprint of these hybrid devices shows promise for applications in novel signal processing. We use vibrating magnetic nanobeams, or multilayer structures consisting of magnetic and piezoelectric layers. In the latter structures, we couple magnons to longitudinal overtone (HBAR) acoustic modes, and to surface acoustic waves.

Your role

The experimental work in all these projects involves design of the samples and of the measurement setups, cleanroom fabrication, running microwave measurements in dilution refrigerators, and data analysis. You are expected to participate in instructing PhD students.

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 the candidates to have a proven track record in experimental research with similar or related topics, clean room microfabrication, and 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, ambitious but relaxed with a great team spirit, carries out top -notch experimental research on the foundations of quantum mechanics. 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.

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 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.

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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 Aalto University 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 September 30, 2022. 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.

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Postdoctoral Researchers in the general areas of Harmonic Analysis and PDEs, Dynamical Systems or Random Models

Application closes on

30.9.2022

Unit

School of Science

Job category

Other teaching and research personnel

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis (http://math.aalto.fi/en/) at the Aalto School of Science is seeking

Postdoctoral Researchers in the general areas of Harmonic Analysis and PDEs, Dynamical Systems or Random Models

There will be 2 positions filled with each for up to 2 years. The postdoctoral researchers will join the research group of Tuomas Sahlsten (https://users.aalto.fi/~sahlstt1/ ), where there is an opportunity to work on some of our recent research problems related to Quantum Chaos from pure mathematics aspects. The topics are related to the study of eigenfunctions of Laplacians or quantum scattering theory on random Riemannian surfaces by adapting modern methods related to harmonic analysis, semiclassical analysis and PDEs, fractal geometry, additive combinatorics (multiscale methods, sum-product theory), hyperbolic and parabolic dynamics, random matrix theory and moduli spaces. The positions will be filled at the latest in December 2022.

Requirements

We look for scholars who are about to complete, or have completed within the past 5 years, their doctoral studies in a relevant field. Previous background in one or more of the following fields is preferred but not completely necessary: ergodic theory and dynamical systems, fractal geometry, additive combinatorics, analytic number theory (e.g. Maass forms, Eisenstein series), harmonic analysis, semiclassical analysis and PDEs, random matrix theory or related field of mathematics. We are also happy to look for applicants who are excited to learn and expand their previous fields of studies to these topics. General enthusiasm and past track record of trying to combine different aspects of mathematics even if not exactly related to these topics is considered an advantage. A good command of English is required, Finnish language is not.

We offer

The expected starting salary is approximately 3700 €/month. The contract includes occupational health care benefits and a holiday bonus.

How to apply
Please send your application at your earliest convenience as a single PDF file through our online recruitment system via the ‘Apply’ link. Your application should include the following documents:

  • CV and publication list,
  • contact information of two references, one of which is your PhD advisor,
  • a short research statement (1-2 pages),
  • please include a few lines about yourself (and when you would like to start) in the application.

Applicants who have not yet completed their PhD are requested to include their expected graduation month in their CV, and an additional page comprising their up-to-date research results in more detail in the research plan.

*Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

The review of applications will begin on August 30, 2022 (first deadline), and the selection may be done already before the final deadline on September 30, 2022.

For additional information, please contact Tuomas Sahlsten (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

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

Finland is known for high quality of life, great work-life balance, clean nature, and family-friendly policies such as affordable high-quality daycare and free schools. Helsinki is a vibrant international city with a metropolitan area population of over 1.1 million people. Aalto University is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and age. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals from all sectors of the community.

In Finnish/Suomeksi

Haemme tutkijatohtoreita (harmoninen analyysi ja osittaisdifferentiaaliyhtälöt, fraktaaligeometria tai satunnaismallit) kahden vuoden pituiseen työsuhteisiin. Tarkempi kuvaus tehtävästä ja hakuohjeista ovat yllä englanniksi.

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Post expires on Friday September 30th, 2022