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Post-doctoral positions in computational and theoretical physics

Department of Applied Physics

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Aalto University School of Science (Helsinki, Finland) invites applications for

Post-doctoral positions in computational and theoretical physics

In a combined theoretical and experimental project, post-doctoral positions are available on the modelling side to predict and characterize the chemical and electronic properties of self-assembled molecular systems. The ultimate aim of the project is to construct materials with engineered electronic properties, particularly novel quantum materials based on two-dimensional metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and magnetic/superconducting transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) hybrids. We anticipate that initial steps will be focused on combining density functional-based techniques with phenomenological theory modelling and topological methods, while linking this to state-of-the-art Scanning Probe Microscopy measurements. Later developments are likely to include the application of machine learning methods to MOF/TMD electronic structure characterization and prediction.

The project is based in the Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale (SIN) computational group (aalto.fi/physics-sin) led by Prof. Adam Foster and the Atomic Scale Physics (STM) experimental group (physics.aalto.fi/stm) led by Prof. Peter Liljeroth, bothwithin the Department of Applied physics at Aalto University. It is partially supported by Prof. Liljeroth’s ERC Advanced Grant “Artificial designer materials”. We also anticipate strong links with the condensed matter theory group of Prof. Teemu Ojanen at Tampere University of Technology and the materials informatics activities of Prof. Patrick Rinke at Aalto University.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS

Successful candidates shall have or are close to having a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related disciplines. Experience of computational physics simulations and scientific programming are required, and some experience in the topological band theory and/or density functional methods would be a benefit. The candidate must have a high motivation for research, show evidence of good written and oral communication skills in English, and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. The standard contract periods are 2 years for post-doctoral researchers, with possibilities for extension (the project lasts for 4 years). Typical gross salary ranges at the Aalto School of Science are 3400-3800 €/month for post-doctoral researchers. Moreover, Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

HOW TO APPLY

The call is open and the position can be filled as soon as a proper candidate is found. The deadline for the first round of applications is 18th January 2019. Applications should consist of a scientific CV including publication list and the names of two referees. Application shall consist of one single pdf file, with file name "lastname_firstname_application.pdf". All material should be in English. Inquiries and applications should be submitted through the link below ('Apply now!'). 

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Staff Scientist position in Microscopy at OtaNano infrastructure at Aalto University

Department of Applied Physics
Teaching and research positions

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 (http://otanano.aalto.fi/). 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 http://nmc.aalto.fi/.

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

 Requirements
 

  • 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]).

Staff Scientist position in FIB microscopy at OtaNano infrastructure at Aalto University

Department of Applied Physics
Teaching and research positions

The Nanomicroscopy Centre in Aalto University is looking for a Staff Scientist to manage the daily operations of a focused-ion-beam microscope and to participate in operating a number of conventional transmission electron microscopes.

The Nanomicroscopy Centre is a part of the National OtaNano Research Infrastructure in Finland (http://otanano.aalto.fi/). 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 apparatuses 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 http://nmc.aalto.fi/.

For the Staff Scientist position, we seek candidates with strong technical skills, good understanding of electron microscopy and focused ion beam (FIB) techniques, as well as ability and aptitude for teaching.

Job description

This is a full-time position and the role of the Staff Scientist is to provide daily experimental and technical support for research groups accessing the Centre’s facilities. The job includes (but is not limited to):

  • As primary task, operating and maintaining the Jeol 4700F focused-ion-beam scanning-electron microscope (FIB-SEM)
  • Operating and maintaining conventional transmission electron microscopes (JEOL 2800 and Tecnai-12)
  • Providing advanced TEM sample preparation services where applicable
  • Providing TEM imaging services upon request 
  • Being responsible for equipment troubleshooting and performing or coordinating instrument maintenance, service, and repair
  • Organizing individual or group training sessions and certifying new users for safe and proper instrument use, which may also include organizing users’ workshops
  • Actively managing and developing the infrastructure of the Nanomicroscopy Centre

Requirements:

  • Proven experience with electron- and ion-beam instrumentation
  • Fundamental knowledge of the operating characteristics of electron microscopes, ion beam columns and vacuum systems
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and superior organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comprehensive TEM sample preparation skills

 Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in physical/materials sciences/engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of hands-on experience of TEM lamella sample preparation
  • Experience in operating a dual-beam FIB-SEM system - including high resolution SEM, 3D imaging, EDS and EBSD
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in HR(S)TEM-oriented research and practice

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

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