Doctoral Candidate Position in Experimental Quantum Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

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The Quantum Dynamics (QD) Group at the Department of Applied Physics is looking for a doctoral candidate for a project on lasing, Bose-Einstein condensation and topological effects in plasmonic lattices. The position is part of an ERC and QuantERA-funded program on condensation phenomena in nanophotonics systems. The project involves e-beam lithography, optical measurements, and interpretation of the results in close collaboration with theorists in the same group. The QD laboratory is located on the university campus near Helsinki and offers a motivating and state-of-the-art research environment. For more information on QD research activities and facilities, see

Major responsibilities

Your research will be directed towards identifying and observing new condensation and topological phenomena in nanophotonics and plasmonics. Background for the work is given by our recent observations of Bose-Einstein condensation (Nature Physics 2018, and lasing (Nature Communications 2017, in plasmonic lattices, and our theory work on superfluidity and topology (Nature Communications 2015, Your main responsibility is to develop new concepts in close collaboration with the theorists in the group, perform optical measurements including data analysis, and sample fabrication by e-beam lithography. Depending on your interests, you can in addition do (part of) the theoretical simulations supporting the experimental project. You are expected to develop a deep insight and your own scientific vision within the new fields of photonic condensates and topological photonics during the Ph.D.


We are looking for outstanding candidates with excellent study records and strong motivation. Any background in experimental nanophotonics, optics, e-beam lithography, ultrafast measurements, plasmonics and/or studies of luminous condensates/lasing, or related theory work, is considered as advantage, but is not required. The candidate should hold a M.Sc. degree in physics or equivalent (or is expected to acquire it soon) and have documented experience in some lab work (e.g. during the studies). 

The ability to collaborate and interact with other researcher and research communities are important. You should have good communication skills and good ability to work independently towards the goals of the project.

Position summary

The position will initially be filled for a two-year employment, with 6 months trial period, and employment will extended after a successful mid-term review so that doctoral candidate period amounts to four years. The salary will be based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The gross starting salary amounts to about 2448 €/month.


Candidates should send the following documents (all in English) as a single pdf-file.

  • Application 
  • CV 
  • List of publications (if existing)
  • Highest degree certificate (if existing) and study records with names of the courses and grades visible
  • Contact information of two references (e.g., M.Sc. thesis supervisor, teacher of a course)

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

The deadline for applications is 6 July 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact Prof. Päivi Törmä (see contact information below). 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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Additional information

Prof. Päivi Törmä,, +358-503826770