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Ph.D. position in theoretical quantum condensed matter physics

Quantum criticality

Application closes on

1.10.2020

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Department of Applied Physics is inviting applications for a

Ph.D. position in theoretical quantum condensed matter physics

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular in quantum technologies and quantum materials, focused on interacting entangled quantum many-body systems. The prospective Ph.D. student will work on quantum phenomena in interacting many-body systems, investigated with a combination of numerical techniques and advanced theoretical tools. The project aims to exploit many-body techniques based on tensor networks to understand the phase behavior of interacting quantum systems in one and two dimensions, exploiting a novel technique to characterize quantum criticality. Ultimately, the prospective Ph.D. student may implement the methodology on a near-term quantum computer.

When many quantum systems couple together, a variety of collective behavior can arise, from the emergence of exotic quasiparticles to the realization of macroscopic quantum states. The transitions between these phases, known as quantum phase transitions, are zero temperature transitions in quantum systems hosting an infinite number of components. Investigations of quantum phase transitions represent one of the most fertile areas of quantum and condensed matter physics and constitute an exciting open problem in the physics of quantum many-body systems. In particular, the point marking the transition between different states, known as the critical point, is a potential source of exotic phenomena at the macroscale, with outstanding implications for quantum technologies and quantum materials science. However, the interest in understanding phase transitions is as significant as the challenges their general solution represents. The prospective Ph.D. student will investigate the critical quantum properties of many-body systems by combining ground-breaking theoretical advances in the field of criticality that allow the characterization of critical points from fluctuations in finite size systems, with a state-of-the-art computational method in many-body physics. The student will gain in-depth expertise in computational methods based on tensor networks and in the field of criticality, thereby preparing him/her for a future career in theoretical physics, quantum technologies, or quantum materials.

The Ph.D. project will be carried out under the joint supervision of Prof. Jose Lado and Prof. Christian Flindt in the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. We look for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in theoretical physics and a genuine interest in quantum phenomena and technology.

Duration, salary and benefits

The fixed term Doctoral Candidate contract is initially for two years, followed by an extension for another two-year period after successful completion of the midterm exam after 1-1/2 years. The total duration of the position is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities and we provide them upon request. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

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

For more Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Christian Flindt Christian.flindt(at)aalto.fi or Assistant Professor Jose Lado jose.lado(at)aalto.fi.

Please send your application at earliest convenience to the Aalto University recruitment system, by October 1, 2020. To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachment mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the bottom of the web page. 

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • Copy of M.Sc. degree and English version of transcript of completed M.Sc. courses
  • CV (max. two pages), including references
  • List of publications, if applicable

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

Espoo, August 19, 2020

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Post expires on Thursday October 1st, 2020

Doctoral Candidate in Probabilistic Machine Learning Accelerators for Energy-Efficient Hardware Implementation of Probabilistic Models

Application closes on

12.10.2020

Place

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

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 the Helsinki metropolitan area, 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.


Doctoral Candidate in Machine-Learning Algorithms for Energy-Efficient Hardware Implementation of Probabilistic Networks

“Creating algorithms for structure search, training, and/or inference on new probabilistic machine-learning models, to enable a next generation of smarter and more energy-efficient portable devices”

What you will do
We all witness the rapid developments of connected devices around us, from smartphones to wearables and other wireless sensor networks. This internet-of-things (IoT) intends to make our lives safer, easier or simply more fun. Nevertheless, the next generation of IoT devices will have to embed more intelligence to be really better. This is a massive challenge knowing that these devices do not have large resources available (small batteries, low computing power, etc.). We are looking for a new doctoral student to tackle this challenge.

In this fully funded position, you have an opportunity to be involved in world-class research in hardware accelerators for artificial intelligence (AI) applications. You will contribute to novel algorithm ideas for probabilistic models, in a team at the interface between artificial intelligence algorithms and circuit design. You will work in a multidisciplinary network, to grow, design and promote your ideas, from algorithms to hardware implementation.
      
What we offer you      
Exciting working topic. You will develop competences at the interface between IC design and AI algorithms. You will apply them in the IoT area, identified as one of the main targets for industry in the near future.

Supportive working environment. We offer you to the possibility to develop novel algorithms applied to self-adaptive and self-learning systems. You will be integrated into an international and supportive research team and have guidance from both algorithm and circuit perspectives. You will be in contact with our vast network of academic and industrial partners.

Competitive salary and contract terms. The starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. You are expected to complete doctoral research and studies within four years in the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering of Aalto University. 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. Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

Living environment. The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and working environments, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/why-finland.     

Who you are
•    You have a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with interests in AI algorithms) or Computer Science (with interests in hardware implementation). High average grades as well as excellent grades on programming-related or digital design courses are an asset.
•    You just obtained your diploma, or you already gained some experience in industry.
•    You are passionate about artificial intelligence and/or embedded electronic systems and you are willing to work in a multi-disciplinary field.
•    You are open-minded for new research, eager to learn more and fit to teamwork.

Who we are
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business, developing ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering has 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 ECD unit has three professors (Jussi Ryynänen, Kari Halonen and Martin Andraud), three senior researchers and about 20 doctoral candidates and research assistants.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, do not hesitate to contact professor Martin Andraud, martin.andraud(a)aalto.fi.

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using “Apply now!” link below. Please include the following documents in English:
•    Motivation letter with brief description of your research interests and your objective as a PhD student ( around 1-1,5 A4 page)
•    Course transcripts of Master’s studies with grades and Certificate of Master’s degree
•    Curriculum Vitae (including the list of publications if any)
•    Possible References (names of referees or recommendation letters)

The call is open until October 12, 2020, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

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Post expires on Monday October 12th, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher for Ioncell® Fiber Spinning

Application closes on

30.9.2020

Place

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

We are now looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher for Ioncell® Fiber Spinning

Ioncell® is a new sustainable process for the production of man-made cellulose fibers (MMCFs) based on the dissolution of cellulose pulp or cellulose waste textiles in an ionic liquid (IL), air gap spinning of the spinning solution (dope) and a subsequent solvent recovery step in which the water is removed from the IL. The entire process is operated in a closed loop. Over the last six years, the process has been gradually developed on a laboratory scale. At present, a small pilot plant is being installed in which the entire process, fiberline and solvent recovery, can be operated as in a commercial operation.

Your task will be to learn the fiber process theoretically and practically on a laboratory scale until the pilot plant is commissioned in the first quarter of 2021.

In addition, important laboratory-scale studies must be carried out before the pilot plant is started up to ensure effective start-up of the pilot plant.

The idea is that you will be involved in the start-up of the pilot plant and later in the operation of the pilot plant, focusing on the fiberline. The duration is limited first to one year, but there is the possibility to extend the contract for another two or more years.

The position is situated within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi.

Your role and tasks

  • Learning and performance of airgap spinning according to the Ioncell® process
  • Testing of different unique components of the spinning line that will be used later in the pilot plant
  • Participation in the commissioning of the pilot plant and later in the operation of the pilot plant with focus on the fibre line, from raw material to staple fibre bales; process control; data evaluation; reporting; scientific data analysis with a view to identifying relevant process property relationships within the Ioncell® process
  • Instructions of PhD students
  • Publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals

Qualifications

The candidate in question should have a solid background in pulp chemistry and technology, polymer chemistry and technology or physics with experience in biopolymers, preferably cellulose and/or other lignocellulosic components.

The candidate should also have:

  • PhD in polymer chemistry&engineering, polymer physics or (polymer) engineering
  • Working experience in a pulp mill or in a chemical plant
  • High motivation for research
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience in carrying out independent research and working in a team environment

Salary and contract terms

The salary is based on Aalto University’s salary system. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

For more information

For additional information, please contact Professor Herbert Sixta (herbert.sixta@aalto.fi) (in matters related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen tiina.torvinen@aalto.fi.

Ready to apply?

To apply, please share the following application materials with us (in English and pdf-format):

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • short research interest description
  • course transcripts of Doctoral degree with grades and Certificate of Doctoral degree
  • referees with contact details

Please send your application, at earliest convenience and no later than 30.9.2020 through the online recruitment system (link below).

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. Interested?

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Post expires on Wednesday September 30th, 2020

Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biochemistry

Application closes on

31.7.2020

Place

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

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 campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

For “ExtremoForm”, a joint Academy of Finland project at Aalto University and at VTT- Technical Research Centre of Finland, we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biochemistry

Formic acid is discussed as an alternative form of hydrogen storage. Our concept is to convert CO2 + H2 directly to formic acid via next generation formate dehydrogenases. Our overall goal is to find, express and engineer formate dehydrogenases to become extremely acid-tolerant. To achieve our goal, we established a consortium involving:  

  • Biochemistry (postdoc with Prof. Silvan Scheller, Aalto)
  • Catalysis (postdoc with Prof. Jan Deska, Aalto):
  • Environmental genomics (with Dr. Malin Bomberg, VTT)

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki). One position is in the Scheller group within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems; the other position is in the Deska group within the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science.  

Research description

The postdoc works on the interface towards environmental genomics, with the goal of bringing extremophilic enzymes alive. Key tasks include expression of extremely acid-tolerant formate dehydrogenases, assessment of enzyme parameters in vitro, and to control function via enzyme engineering to push the limit of acid tolerance.

Requirements

To be eligible, you need to:

  • have a PhD in a suitable field, such as Enzyme engineering, biochemistry, catalysis, organic chemistry
  • be highly committed to science and strive for excellence
  • develop own smart ideas and think independently
  • be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:

  • Enzymology, protein purification
  • Directed evolution
  • Anaerobic biochemistry
  • Spectroscopic methods (X-ray crystallography, NMR, EPR, Electrochemistry)
  • Organic chemistry/synthesis

We offer

  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues
  • Opportunity to work in a newly established research group
  • Freedom to bring in own ideas
  • Funding for 2 years with option of continuation

For more information

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller, in matters related to the recruitment process contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen, e-mails: (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

How to apply (deadline 31st of July 2020)

The application should include the following:

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)
  • CV, incl. list of publications
  • Research interest description
  • Names and contact details of references

All materials should be provided in English as pdf files through the online recruitment system.

Review of applications starts on July 1st. 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. Interested?

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Post expires on Friday July 31st, 2020

PhD student to develop new environmental measurement technology

Application closes on

29.11.2019

Place

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

Position

Doctoral Candidate Positions

The Metrology Research Institute at Aalto University, Finland, is searching for a PhD student to develop new environmental measurement technology targeting real-time characterization of microplastic particles in lakes, rivers and oceans. Such new measurement technology is acutely needed to study the impact of plastic littering and the subsequent formation of microplastics under environmental conditions on wildlife, marine fish stock and human population.

We expect the applicant to have a solid academic background in at least one of the following fields: optics and photonics, measurement science and technology, engineering physics or electronics.

We offer exposure to international research collaboration with established academic and research institutions.

The deadline for applications is 29 November 2019. The applicants are kindly requested to submit the Cover Letter, CV and the Transcript of Academic Record directly by email to Dr. Toni Laurila.

Further information and applications: Toni Laurila, email: toni.k.laurila@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 358 3097, web: http://spa.aalto.fi/en/research/research_groups/metrology/

Interested?
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Post expires on Friday November 29th, 2019

Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies

Application closes on

16.8.2019

Place

Department of Communications and Networking

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 campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.


We are now looking for a Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies

Are you a DLT (blockchain) expert, with a security and semantics background, with an urge to work with completely new technologies that are likely to have wide societal impact?


We are now looking for a postdoc or Ph.D. student to conduct research in the context of the forthcoming EU H2020 project PHOENIX, which involves shielding the grid against complex incidents and extensive cyber and privacy attacks. In addition to conducting research (and studies towards the Ph.D.,) the selected candidate will also act as the task leader for two tasks within the project, collaborating closely with a number of project partners over the Europe.

With the introduction of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs, aka blockchains), it has become possible to create new fully decentralised governance models.  When implementing such new governance models, especially for systems that involve IoT, the questions of data sovereignty, semantic interoperability, and federation become crucial.  In this research, these will be considered in a dynamic and distributed setting involving multiple interconnected blockchains, i.e., in an interledger technology setting. The research will also involve implementation of the needed software components, requiring strong software development skills.

Your role and goals
Your role and main goal in this work is to design, study, and implement interledger systems in the PHOENIX project context, preferably resulting in high quality publications. In addition to that, the prospective candidate must be able to care of the following tasks:

  1. Acting as the task leader for two tasks within the EU project: data sovereignty and semantic interoperability, and federated cloud/inter-ledger transactions platform
  2. Collaborating closely with a number of the 25 project partner organisations, all over the Europe.


Your network and team

The research will mainly take place in prof. (PoP) Pekka Nikander’s group, at the Department of Communications and Networking, with collaboration with other researchers in the Network Security and Trust group in the department, and with prof. Matti Lehtonen’s group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.  In the EU project PHOENIX, there will be altogether 25 organisations, but only two universities: Aalto and RWTH Aachen. In Pekka’s group there are currently one postdoc and four Ph.D. students, with quite diverse backgrounds of software architecture, security, business design, and mathematics. The less than two years old group is among the very few academic research groups that are both able to implement practical DLT based systems and to study their societal implications.

Your experience and ambitions
For this demanding position, we are primarily looking for a recent Ph.D. as a postdoc or a Ph.D. student with some prior EU project and/or industry competence. Your background should be in computer communications security, with good understanding of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).  You must have enough of leadership or project management experience in order to successfully lead the two EU project tasks that are at Aalto’s responsibility.

Due to the regulations set by the PHOENIX project, the prospective candidate must be a citizen of a European Union country and eligible for receiving a security clearance.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using “Apply now!” link below. The call is open until August 16, 2019, but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English:

  • Motivation letter 
  • CV 
  • Degree certificate / Transcripts of studies
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • List of publications
  • Research statement
  • Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor of Practice Pekka Nikander pekka.nikander@aalto.fi (research related information) and HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi katja.korpinurmi@aalto.fi (application process, practical arrangements)

More information about Finland
As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-guide

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Post expires on Friday August 16th, 2019