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Postdoc Position in Nanomagnetism and Plasmonics

Department of Applied Physics
Teaching and research positions

The Nanomagnetism and Spintronics (NanoSpin) group at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University is looking for a highly motivated postdoc for experimental work at the boundary between magnetism and plasmonics. The project focuses on the exploitation of plasmon excitations in all-optical magnetic switching and the realization of field-controlled lasing in magnetoplasmonic systems with the aim of developing topological photonic nanostructures. Your main responsibility is to develop new concepts, fabricate samples, perform (magneto)-optical measurements and advance the measurement setups. For the experiments, a state-of-the-art infrastructure for nanofabrication and optical characterization is available.

REQUIREMENTS

We are looking for outstanding candidates with a strong background in magnetism, plasmonics or a related field. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or equivalent and have documented experience in optical measurements and data analysis. Experience in electron-beam lithography, magnetic characterization and/or theoretical/numerical work in support of the experiments are considered as other assets.

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

SALARY AND WORKING TIME

The salary ranges from 3500€ to 3900€ per month, depending of previous experience. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will initially be made for 2 years.  

PLACE AND INFRASTRUCTURE

As a postdoc, you will join the NanoSpin research group at Aalto University (https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-applied-physics/nanomagnetism-and-spintronics-nanospin). The group focuses on cutting-edge research on electric-field controlled magnetism, magnonics, and magneto-plasmonics in hybrid nanoscale structures. The NanoSpin laboratory is equipped with instrumentation for nanomaterial fabrication and advanced electronic, magnetic and magneto-optical characterization. Besides, you will have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano- and microtechnologies, comprising advanced equipment for nanofabrication and microscopy (https://www.aalto.fi/otanano). As a postdoc in the NanoSpin group, you will be part of a vibrant and multidisciplinary research community. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and involves national and international collaborations.

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 400 professors. It is the largest university in Finland focusing on education, research and technology, science, business, and arts. The NanoSpin group is located on the Otaniemi campus in Espoo (10 km from the city centre of Helsinki), one of the largest high-tech hubs in Northern Europe.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates should send the following documents (all in English) as a single pdf-file.

  • Application
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Highest degree certificate
  • Contact information of three references 

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

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken (see contact information below). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

ABOUT FINLAND

As a living and work environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies. It is the happiest place in the world according to a 2018 World Happiness Report. Finland is the most stable, freest and safest country in the world in 2018. Helsinki is the third best city in the world to live in according to a 2016 report by Metropolis magazine. Finland has also been ranked 10th in the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 of the World Economic Forum. And Finns drink the most coffee per capita in the world; by the way, coffee is free at our institute! For sources see https://www.stat.fi/ajk/satavuotiassuomi/suomimaailmankarjessa_en.html

Aalto University offers support for moving of international staff to Finland. Some useful information is available at: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/international_staff/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken
E-mail: [email protected]Phone: +358-503160969

Staff Scientist position in X-ray diffraction (SAXS, WAXS, XRD) 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 an X-ray diffraction equipment. We seek candidates with strong technical skills, good understanding of X-ray diffraction techniques, as well as ability and aptitude for teaching.

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 and X-ray apparatuses for soft-, hard-, and biomaterial characterization. The equipment arsenal includes Rigaku SmartLab X-ray diffractometer (XRD), two Small angle X-ray systems (SAXS) and one and wide-angle diffraction systems (WAXS). In addition, center has five transmission electron microscopes, three scanning electron microscopes, one dual beam FIB-SEM, and scanning probe microscopes. More information is available at http://nmc.aalto.fi/.

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):

  • The main responsibility is to give the users technical support for day-to-day operations of X-ray diffraction setups and training of new users on the SAXS systems and Rigaku Smatlab XRD equipment
  • Managing the infrastructure, developing the instrumentation and instrument maintenance: being responsible for equipment troubleshooting and performing or coordinating instrument maintenance, service, and repair
  • Providing X-ray measurement services upon request (researchers, industry, etc.)
  • 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 related research infrastructure

Requirements

  • Proven experience of the operating characteristics with X-ray diffractometer instrumentation – XRD and SAXS
  • Experience in common XRD measurement types: Theta/2theta measurements, glancing Angle measurements and Evanescent field, In-plane alignment and scans
  • Experience of Thin film analysis, In-plane and Grazing incidence diffraction, reflectivity, high-resolution rocking curves, reciprocal space maps and Pole figure analyses. Application of a 2D detector in 0D, 1D, and 2D measurements
  • Experience in SAXS applications, Conventional and grazing incidence small angle X-ray diffraction analysis, Particle size distributions and particle shape analysis of nanoparticles suspended in solution. Analysis of cellulose-based materials, fibers, polymers and nanoparticles
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and superior organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • PhD degree in physical/materials sciences/engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in X-ray diffractometer instrumentation (XRD/SAXS) oriented research and practice

 We also value

  • Experience in vacuum techniques and electronics
  • Equipment maintenance (e.g.  X-ray source maintenance: filament, anode change), and instrumentation design
  • Experience with programming and familiar with SPEC software

 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 by 12th of May 2019 through the link “Apply now!” at the bottom of this page.

Postdoctoral position in Experimental Quantum Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

Department of Applied Physics
Teaching and research positions

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.

Postdoctoral position in Experimental Quantum Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

The Quantum Dynamics (QD) Group at the Department of Applied Physics is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a project on topological lasing and Bose-Einstein condensation in plasmonic lattices. The position is part of the current programs of the group funded by ERC, Academy of Finland, QuantERA and Aalto Centre for Quantum Engineering. The project involves e-beam lithography, optical measurements, and interpretation of the results in close collaboration with theorists in our groups. The QD laboratories are located on the university campus near Helsinki and offers a motivating and state-of-the-art research environment. For more information on QD research activities and facilities, see http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/qd/.

Major responsibilities

Your research will be directed towards identifying and observing new topological and condensation phenomena in nanophotonics and plasmonics. Background for the work is given by our recent observations of Bose-Einstein condensation (Nature Physics 2018, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-018-0109-9) and lasing (Nature Communications 2017, https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13687) in plasmonic lattices, and our theory work on superfluidity and topology (Nature Communications 2015, https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms9944). Your main responsibility is to develop new concepts in close collaboration with the theorists in the group, and perform optical measurements including data analysis and development of the measurement setup. It is a plus if you can in addition do (part of ) the sample fabrication and/or theoretical simulations. You are expected to contribute to the design of measurement techniques and to develop your own scientific concepts within the new fields of photonic condensates and topological photonics.

Qualifications

We are looking for outstanding candidates with a strong background in experimental nanophotonics, optics, plasmonics, and/or studies of luminous condensates/lasing. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or equivalent and have documented experience in optical measurements and data analysis. Experience in e-beam lithography, ultrafast optical measurements, magnetic measurements and/or ability to do theoretical/numerical work supporting the experiments are considered as special assets.

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

Position summary

The position will initially be filled for a two-year period with the possibility of an extension for 1-2 years, depending on the progress and the availability of resources. The salary will be based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The gross starting salary amounts to about 3500 €/month.

Applications

 Candidates should send the following documents (all in English) as a single pdf-file.

 

  • Application
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Highest degree certificate
  • Contact information of three references 

 Please apply through the link at the bottom of the web page.

The deadline for applications is 7 May 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact Prof. Päivi Törmä (see contact information below). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

About Finland

As a living and work environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies. It is the happiest place in the world according to a 2018 World Happiness Report. Finland is the most stable, freest and safest country in the world in 2018. Helsinki is the third best city in the world to live in according to a 2016 report by Metropolis magazine. The air in Finland is the cleanest in the world and the food cleanest in Europe. Finland has also been ranked the 10th in the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 of the World Economic Forum. And Finns drink the most coffee per capita in the world; by the way, coffee is free at our institute! For sources see https://www.stat.fi/ajk/satavuotiassuomi/suomimaailmankarjessa_en.html

Aalto University offers support for moving of international staff to Finland. Some useful information is available at: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/international_staff/

Additional information

Prof. Päivi Törmä, [email protected], +358-503826770

 

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Superconducting Qubits

Department of Applied Physics
Teaching and research positions

A postdoctoral researcher position in the field of circuit electrodynamics is available in the Kvantti group (Department of Applied Physics) at Aalto University, Finland. Our team is doing research on circuits consisting of superconducting qubits and resonators - presently one of the most promising platforms for future quantum computers and quantum simulators. Moreover, we explore additional applications of these devices for emerging quantum technologies such as supersensitive detection. This field of research has had a tremendous development in recent times, and presently offers plenty of exciting opportunities for developing yourself as a scientist.

   We are looking for a bright, motivated researcher to join our team. You should have excellent study records in physics or related disciplines up to the level of Ph.D.  (awarded or expected soon). Prior laboratory experience in the fields of mesoscopic physics, nanoelectronics, cryogenics, microwave electronics, circuit design, clean-room techniques, and instrument programming is a plus. We also encourage applications from theorists with strong interests in developing analytical models and numerical simulations, and who are interested in working closer with experimentalists.

   The successful candidate will have the chance to become an expert in the fast-developing field of quantum simulation and quantum information processing with superconducting qubits. You will have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano and micro technologies, comprising state-of-the-art equipment in nanofabrication, cryogenics, microscopy, and electronics. The skills that you will acquire as a postdoc are currently in very high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is a significant level of investment from private and governmental funding agents in the field of quantum technologies.

The salary is 3533 €/month (gross), and can increase as the project goals are achieved.

The position is funded by the Academy of Finland under the Center of Excellence Quantum Technology Finland (QTF).

To apply for these positions, please prepare the following documents as a single pdf file:

 

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV including publications and description of skills/previous experience
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • Contact details of at least two academic advisors (or letters of recommendation, if already available)

For further information, please contact the group leader (Dr. Sorin Paraoanu) at [email protected]

To send the documents, please use the link "Apply now!" at the bottom of this page and e-mail a copy to the group leader.

Applications are invited immediately. The deadline for applications is 31st of May 2019. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. Therefore, we encourage you to send an application as soon as possible.  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 applied during the announced application period.

Studying at Aalto University: As postdoctoral researcher in the Kvantti group, you will be part of a vibrant community working on quantum technologies. You will have the opportunity to discuss on a daily basis and collaborate with theorists and experimentalists working on related topics. The group is also part of the Centre for Quantum Engineering at Aalto University.

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students: it is the largest university in Finland focusing on education and research in technology, science, business, and arts. Finland is a safe, stable country, enjoying a high standard of living and quality of life.  The Kvantti group is located in the Otaniemi campus (Espoo), one of the largest hubs of high-tech in Northern Europe.

 

Doctoral Candidate Position in Superconducting Qubits

Department of Applied Physics
Doctoral Candidate Positions

A doctoral candidate position in the field of circuit electrodynamics is available in the Kvantti group (Department of Applied Physics) at Aalto University, Finland. Our team is doing research on circuits consisting of superconducting qubits and resonators - presently one of the most promising platforms for future quantum computers and quantum simulators. Moreover, we explore additional applications of these devices for emerging quantum technologies such as supersensitive detection. This field of research has had a tremendous development in recent times, and presently offers plenty of exciting opportunities for developing yourself as a scientist.

    We are looking for a bright, motivated researcher to join our team. You should have excellent study records in physics or related disciplines up to the level of M.Sc. (awarded or expected soon). Prior laboratory experience in the fields of mesoscopic physics, nanoelectronics, cryogenics, microwave electronics, circuit design, clean-room techniques, and instrument programming is a plus. We also encourage applications from theorists with strong interests in developing analytical models and numerical simulations, and who are interested in working closer with experimentalists.

    The successful candidate will have the chance to become an expert in the fast-developing field of quantum simulation and quantum information processing with superconducting qubits. You will have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano and micro technologies, comprising state-of-the-art equipment in nanofabrication, cryogenics, microscopy, and electronics. The skills that you will acquire during your Ph.D. are currently in very high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is a significant level of investment from private and governmental funding agents in the field of quantum technologies.

    The starting salary of a doctoral candidate is 2448€/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years.

 The position is funded by the Academy of Finland under the Center of Excellence Quantum Technology Finland (QTF).

  To apply for these positions, please prepare the following documents as a single pdf file:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV including publications and description of skills/previous experience
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • Contact details of at least two academic advisors (or letters of recommendation, if already available)

For further information, please contact the group leader (Dr. Sorin Paraoanu) at [email protected]

To apply, please use the link "Apply now!" at the bottom of this page. In addition, e-mail a copy to the group leader (sorin.pa[email protected])

Applications are invited immediately. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. Therefore, we encourage you to send an application as soon as possible.  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 applied during the announced application period.

Studying at Aalto University: As a doctoral candidate in the Kvantti group, you will be part of a vibrant community working on quantum technologies. You will have the opportunity to discuss on a daily basis and collaborate with theorists and experimentalists working on related topics. The group is also part of the Centre for Quantum Engineering at Aalto University.

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students: it is the largest university in Finland focusing on education and research in technology, science, business, and arts. Finland is a safe, stable country, enjoying a high standard of living and quality of life.  The Kvantti group is located in the Otaniemi campus (Espoo), one of the largest hubs of high-tech in Northern Europe.

 

 

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