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Postdoc on future small satellite technology research

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Postdoc on future small satellite technology research

“Designing future small satellite solutions for sustainable space.”
What you will do
Development of small satellites has improved space education and boosted space research via easier space access for universities and smaller countries. Rapidly growing space start-ups have accelerated the innovation cycle and invigorated the space economy. On the flip side, rapid launching and experimental designs contribute negatively to increasing space debris problem.

Our solution is to design better, more reliable small satellite missions with deorbiting devices, so that the spacecraft can be removed from orbit after the job is done.
In this position you will design innovative solutions for small spacecraft missions which help to keep satellite size and cost down, but at the same time provide higher reliability. You will work at systems engineering level together with top space science teams in Finland in collaborative missions in the framework of Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space (FORESAIL) and with rapidly growing Finnish New Space startups. You will lead teams, supervise doctoral students and develop new research ideas and research topics.
What we offer you
Exciting working topics and a freedom to excel in your research area. We provide you with several challenging, funded space missions where you can demonstrate your ideas in orbit.
Supportive working environment. We offer you a place in a well funded small-satellite team. You will work in a well equipped satellite development laboratory with dedicated cleanroom and test facilities. We provide eager and talented students and a competent and innovative community.
Competitive salary and contract terms. The starting gross salary for a postdoctoral researcher is approximately 3600€ to 3800€ /month, depending on your experience. Salary can increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The position will be filled for 2-4 years. As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as extensive occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefit and versatile exercise services by Unisport. We would prefer your start as soon as possible, yet this can also be negotiated.

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:     
Who you are
As a researcher, you have a strong motivation to actively participate in the research team's activities in space technology, instrumentation and remote sensing projects. In addition to a proven track record in scientific work and a relevant PhD degree, you have experience in working with CubeSat or small satellite technology.

Research group
The work is carried out in the Small Satellites Group, led by Professor Jaan Praks. The group has already launched two satellite missions and currently working on four new CubeSat missions (FORESAIL-1, FORESAIL-2, KvarkenSat) and ESA mission (Comet Interceptor). The group has a strong heritage in CubeSat platform development, platform reliability and satellite mission operations. The active and open minded multinational team is composed of over 15 researchers and engineers. It is well connected and well secured with funding. The university provides a well-equipped modern small satellite development and testing laboratory, at the heart of the most active technology campus area in Finland.

More information
For additional information, please contact Professor Jaan Praks, jaan.praks(at), or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin, annika.salmelin(at)

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English: 1) Application cover letter, 2) Certificate of doctoral degree, 3) CV indicating your skills and experience applicable to the position, including your teaching experience, 4) The list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted), 5) Description of your research interest (0.5-1  A4 page), 6) References (names and contact information).

The call is open until 30 April, 2021, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

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