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Staff Scientist in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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Aalto University’s School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, invites applications for

Staff Scientist in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

We are looking for a candidate with solid experimental background in XPS and other ultrahigh vacuum methods and/or spectroscopic methods.

Your role

Your role would be to manage the daily operations of the XPS instrument, teach researchers to analyze data and actively develop the technique and to support academic research. In addition to being responsible for the XPS, the staff scientist would also be responsible for another surface sensitive UHV equipment; Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD). The third task of the candidate would be to advance the use of the Raman spectroscopy techniques available at the department. The department has both a confocal Raman spectrometer and a UV Resonance Raman spectrometer.

It is important to actively develop the techniques by means of academic research and actively collaborate with researchers at the Bio2 department and the academic community wider. Spreading the knowledge of the possibilities of the methods within the school is also one key task. Utilization and maintenance of the key infrastructure is carried out in good co-operation with academic and technical staff and thus good communication skills are essential.

The scientific environment

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) is an international leader in basic and applied research for the development of advanced materials from natural resources, including the entire value chain. The department uses its interdisciplinary approach to design and develop high performance fiber materials, nanomaterials and hybrids as well as functional interfaces derived therefrom. One of the key research areas in the Bio2 department is the development of advanced lignocellulosic materials from nanocellulose or nanolignin. The XPS instrument at Bio2 is customized for soft materials, but it can be utilized in many other surface studies too, e.g. in contamination & failure analyses; characterization of thin films, heterogeneous surface structures as well as in metallurgy and polymer science.

Your experience and ambitions

We look for applicants who have,

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, or related field
  • >3-years’ experience in XPS measurements after PhD  
  • Experience in other spectroscopy methods, particularly in Raman is considered an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate with scientific peers, students and the public
  • Experience in training and instruction of students
  • Solid publication record in peer-reviewed journals

Salary and contract terms

Staff Scientist position can be either fixed-term or permanent. The salary is based on Aalto University’s salary system. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The position is located in the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system from the link below (“Apply now!”). Applications sent via email are not considered. To apply, please share the following application materials with us (in English as one single pdf-file):

  • Application/ Motivation letter
  • Description of your previous equipment responsibility duties
  • CV (including contact information of referees)
  • List of publications
  • A research interest description (1 page)

For more information on the position please contact Professor Monika Österberg or in questions related to the recruitment process HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen, emails: [email protected].

Deadline for applications is December 31. 2020.

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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