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Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering light-driven atomic waves in dielectrics

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
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 Researcher in Engineering light-driven atomic waves in dielectrics

Description and main tasks of the project

The mass-polariton theory will be applied to plan experiments to discover the light-driven atomic mass density waves in solid and liquid dielectrics. We also develop the quantum-field theoretical extension of the mass-polariton theory starting from its classical field-theoretical formulation and more over work on photonic device concepts where the atomic mass density waves provide a platform for entirely new operation modes or a possibility to enhance performance characteristics.

To facilitate simulations of novel experiments, the optomechanical continuum dynamics model, a numerical implementation of the mass-polariton theory, will be generalized for multiphysics description of the atomic mass density waves and the accompanying sound and thermal waves propagating in combined solid-liquid structures. The research of coupled field-medium dynamics of light in solids and liquids provides an interesting possibility to develop new optofluidic applications. A related goal is to study optical-force-assisted diffusion of molecules in a medium for potential applications in biophotonic therapies.

Publications and selected simulation video material of the present project can be found at becs.aalto.fi/en/research/nanoeng/mass-polariton. Our experimental collaborators include the Photonics Group of Prof. Zhipei Sun at the Aalto University (https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-electronics-and-nanoengineering/photonics) and the Photonic Device Physics Laboratory of Prof. Kyunghwan Oh at the Yonsei University, Korea (http://allwise.yonsei.ac.kr/pdpl/).

The researcher is supposed to focus on the following topics:

• Optomechanical continuum dynamics simulations using the mass-polariton theory of light in novel solid-liquid structures.
• Development of the quantum-field theoretical extension of the mass-polariton theory of light.

Requirements:

• PhD in physics or related field.
• Good knowledge of the physics of light.
• Good experience in programming and carrying out extensive simulations of physical systems.
• Good knowledge of spoken and written English is necessary.
• Ability to work relatively independently as a member of an international photonics consortium including theoretical, experimental, and engineering groups.

Salary and contract terms

The project is a unique possibility to see how fundamental concepts of light are used to understand new optical phenomena and to contribute to roadmapping of related new photonic technologies. We offer career growth, professional education, networking with international and multidisciplinary optics community
Postdoctoral Researcher position will be filled for 2 years. The expecting starting salary is approximately 3700 €/month and follows the salary system of the Finnish universities. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The contract includes occupational healthcare. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus in Espoo.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the eRecruitment system. Please note that the closing date for applications is 30 April 2019. A suitable candidate can be recruited before the end of the closing date.

For the application, please include your:

• Letter of Motivation (max. one page, introduce yourself and present your qualifications (including a list of your scientific skills) and your future research plans
• CV
• List of publications
• Ph.D. diploma and other certificates
• Names and contact details of references

For further questions, you may contact

Professor Jukka Tulkki: [email protected] and Dr Mikko Partanen: [email protected] In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Noora Koskivaara: [email protected]

PhD Candidate Position in Biomedical Ultrasound Physics

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate 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.

PhD Candidate position in Biomedical Ultrasound Physics

Job Description

Ultrasound provides unconventional means to manipulate human tissue on microscopic and macroscopic levels. When intended, ultrasonic exposures generating sonic force fields can be applied from a distance, e.g. through the skin, in a non-destructive manner. Our research at the Medical Ultrasonics Laboratory (MEDUSA) in the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE), Aalto University, focuses on innovating new ultrasound platforms for biomedical use with a goal to translate these into hospital and research environments, typically through the commercialization route. The technology typically relies on non-linear ultrasonics, which enables actuation and manipulation of matter (e.g. moving molecules/particles, generation acoustic streams, levitation, liquid micro-jets). Most of the applications are intended for diagnostics and advanced therapy in the field of cancer management.

We are looking for a doctoral student to work with a new ultrasonics platform with solid commercialization interest in coming years. Your work will include setting up advanced experimental arrangements and prototypes, simulations, running experiments and conducting data analysis (signals, images, high-speed video). We offer you an ambitious and high-tech working environment with a well-equipped laboratory and challenging and interesting research topics. Our research projects are currently funded by Academy of Finland and Business Finland.

The ideal candidate has:

• Suitable studies (experimental, theoretical or both) e.g. in physics, medical physics, or engineering physics.
• Ability to apply ultrasound physics in novel way to solve real life medical challenges
• Strong interest in development, testing, modelling and simulation of ultrasound systems
• Excellent study record
• Good command of the English language and excellent team working skills
• Capability to work independently and learn new things quickly

Salary and contract terms

The expected PhD programme is either Biomedical Engineering or Physics. The anticipated duration of doctoral studies is four years, but the first contract is made for one year, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. The expected starting salary for a PhD candidate is approx. 2400 €/month. Salaries in Aalto University follow the salary system of the Finnish universities. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The contract includes occupational healthcare services.
The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus in Espoo, located in the capital region.

How to apply

Please, submit your motivation letter (max. 1 page) with appendixes (CV, transcript of records, M.Sc. thesis and other supporting material) through the e-recruitment system Saima at your earliest convenience but no later than 29 April 2019. A suitable candidate will be recruited preferably before the end of the closing date.

The application materials will not be returned. 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. The selection process will respect gender equality.

For further information, please contact

Prof. Heikki Nieminen by e-mail: [email protected] 

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