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Doctoral Student Position in Experimental Physics of Liquid-Repellent Surfaces

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 looking for a highly motivated doctoral student in experimental physics. Your research will focus on dynamic events at solid-liquid interfaces, in particular using liquid-repellent surfaces. The position is based in the Soft Matter and Wetting group at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University (Prof. Robin Ras, http://physics.aalto.fi/smw ).

Your main task is to perform experiments using an advanced measurement setup, make modifications to the setup, analyze results, and to develop new concepts. The project aims to develop improved understanding on the fundamentals of surface wetting with potential for publications in high-impact journals (recently we published in Nature, Science and related journals). The project also has an applied edge with potential to secure IPR.

REQUIREMENTS

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a strong background in soft matter physics or in a related field. Thus, the candidate should hold a MSc degree in physics or related field. Experience in cleanroom microfabrication and/or theoretical/modeling work in support of the experiments are considered as assets.

The ability to collaborate and interact with other researchers and research communities is important. You should have good communication skills, good analytical and experimental skills and good ability to work independently toward the goals of the project.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • conduct research on superhydrophobic surfaces, their in-depth advanced characterization, and their application in technologies
  • publish research outcomes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment

The position is immediately available. The doctoral student will first be granted a two-year contract, followed by an extension for another two-year period after intermediate evaluation.

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. The expected starting salary for a doctoral student is approx. 2400 €/month and follows the university salary system. The contract includes Aalto University occupational health care.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application at your earliest convenience by Friday 10th July 2020 through the recruitment system. Apply through the link “Apply now !” at the bottom of the page.

Application material should be submitted as a single PDF file and include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • CV
  • Diploma certificate
  • Transcript of records
  • Contact details of at least two possible referees

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.

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