Doctoral Researcher, Functional 2d Nanomaterials By Ion Implantation-Experimental

Helsinki, Finland
15 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Physics is a large and multidisciplinary department that offers the most varied university programme in the physical sciences in Finland. The department employs about 200 people, of which 2 are academy professors, 20 are professors and 5 associate professors or assistant professors. The research at the department and the research-based teaching follows a high international standard, are nationally significant, and promote the mental and economic wellbeing in society.


Starting immediately, or as agreed. The PhD researcher will be offered a 4-year fully funded contract.

PhD Position description

The student will focus on creating novel functional nanomaterials and two dimensional (2D) structures by employing ion implantation and ion irradiation. The student will join the project “Metal atoms on functional nanoplatforms” funded by the Research Council of Finland at the University of Helsinki. The project studies engineering of 2D nanomaterials and looks at the incorporation, properties and application of individual metal dopants in 2D transition metal dichalcogenide sheets. These layered materials act as functional nanoplatforms with versatile use in many fields from quantum optics to nanocatalysis.

The project offers a highly interdisciplinary research environment for the student. In collaboration with international partners, the project will employ state of the art transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy as well as optical and catalytic methods to study the structures. The student will have the opportunity to participate in research visits to the collaborating groups in Austria and the United Kingdom. The student will be joining the research team at the Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Helsinki, where experimental and computational groups work side by side. See more information at Depending on the student’s interests, they will also have the opportunity to explore computational atomistic simulations to support their experimental research.

To be successful in this position, the student should have a keen interest in materials research, be highly motivated, have a problem solving mindset and enjoy working in an international collaborative community.

Selection criteria

The Doctoral Researcher should have an MSc or equivalent in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or a comparable field. Good oral and written English skills are required. The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately ( The requirements for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki can be found at

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds

What we offer

The University of Helsinki offers the appointee a first-class research and teaching environment as well as the preconditions necessary for international cooperation (

The salary of the positions will be based on levels 2-3 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 2600-2900 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months. 

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and sports services as well as professional development opportunities ( The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. International staff is supported in relocating to Finland (

Applications must have the following enclosures (in English):

  1. Motivation letter, highlighting why you are applying for this position, summarising what research experience and research output you have, and a short description of your research ambitions. Max 1 A4 page.
  2. Full CV, including list of publications and any relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.
  3.  Contact details of at least two referees, such as earlier supervisors (or letters of recommendation, if already available).

The deadline for applications is October 30th 2023.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki recruitment system via the button “Apply now”.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Academy Researcher Harriet Åhlgren, harriet.ahlgren(at)

If you have questions related to the recruitment system, please contact HR Specialist Laura Karppinen, laura.karppinen(at)