Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Quantum Phenomena and Devices

PICO group of the Aalto University’s Department of Applied Physics (Helsinki, Finland) is looking for highly motivated PhD students and post docs to work on projects on quantum thermodynamics in electronic circuits, and on developing single-electron current sources and detectors on them. Common tasks in the group include working with a dilution refrigerator and other cryogenic tools, nanofabrication in the state-of-the-art clean room facilities of OtaNano, theoretical and numerical analysis, and measurement automation. Previous experience in some of these topics is beneficial, but strong candidates from other fields of physics are encouraged to apply as well.

In addition, positions are open to join the ERC-funded project “Superconducting quantum heat engines and refrigerators”. All of the recruited candidates will participate in the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology – QTF, that is a national quantum technology flagship involving approximately 100 researchers investigating and harnessing quantum phenomena in the solid-state devices. Applications can be taken into account also in the future recruitments.

For further information of the available positions, contact the group leader Prof. Jukka Pekola (


Doctorate in condensed matter physics or equivalent on a topic of relevance is expected from the candidate. Alternatively, a certificate showing that the applicant will have his/her doctoral thesis evaluated before the start of the contract has to be presented. Good command of English and a demonstrated ability to disseminate scientific results is a mandatory requirement for the positions. Experience related to the above-described project is highly appreciated. All applicants must have motivation to conduct research at the highest international level.


The contracts will be made initially for two years. The postdoctoral position may have possible extension for 1-2 years. The salary level for starting postdoctoral researchers between EUR 3500 and EUR 3800/month.

Preferred starting date depending on the position is either October 2017 or January 2018 (negotiable). The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

How to apply

Please apply through the link "Apply for this job" at the bottom of this page.

Application material should include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • CV
  • Educational certificates
  • Two letters of recommendation (or contact details of two possible referees)

Please, send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience by the 8th of October 2017 through the recruitment system. Evaluation of the applications will start immediately.