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Staff Scientist position in Microscopy at OtaNano infrastructure at Aalto University

The Nanomicroscopy Centre in Aalto University is looking for a Staff Scientist to provide experimental and technical support for researchers accessing the Centre’s facilities.

The Nanomicroscopy Centre is a part of the National OtaNano Research Infrastructure in Finland ( OtaNano includes state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, characterization and measurement of nanostructures, materials and devices. The nanomicroscopy part of the infrastructure serves more than 200 users annually by offering various high-resolution microscopy apparatus for soft-, hard-, and biomaterial characterization. The equipment arsenal includes five transmission electron microscopes: a double Cs-corrector TEM (JEOL JEM-2200FS), a liquid-helium cryo-TEM (JEOL JEM-3200FSC) and (JEOL JEM-2800, FEI Tecnai F20, FEI Tecnai 12) TEM’s. In addition, there are three scanning electron microscopes (JEOL JSM-7500FA, Zeiss Sigma VP and Zeiss EVO environmental SEM), and a Dual beam FIB-SEM (Jeol 4700F), and scanning probe microscopes. More information is available at

Job description

This is a full-time position. The support that the Staff Scientist is expected to provide to the users of the Centre includes (but is not limited to):

  • The main responsibility is to give the users technical support for day-to-day operations of scanning electron microscopes (SEM’s)
  • Training of new users on the scanning electron microscopes (Jeol JSM-7500FA, Zeiss Sigma VP, Zeiss EVO environmental SEM and Jeol 4700F)
  • Training and support for analytical microscopy techniques: (EDS)
  • Managing the infrastructure, SEM microscopes, and sample preparation equipment of the Centre
  • Participating in organizing courses on electron microscopy and sample preparation techniques for researchers and students
  • Performing imaging for clients (researchers, industry, etc.)
  • Actively participating in the development of the infrastructure


  • Appropriate PhD degree in physical/biological sciences/engineering or related discipline
  • Experience in operating scanning electron microscopes
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels
  • Good teaching and pedagogical skills
  • Good understanding of both the theoretical and technical aspects of scanning electron microscopes

Application should include (all documents in English): 

  • Letter of motivation (max. two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Educational certificates
  • A statement of teaching experience and/or interest
  • Letter of recommendation or contact details of two possible referees


Please send your application as a single PDF file at earliest convenience by 16th of December 2018 through the Aalto University recruitment system.

Please apply through the link “Apply now!” at the bottom of this page.

For further information, please contact Professor Janne Ruokolainen or HR Coordinator Mikael Henny (email: [email protected]).