Doctoral Researcher in Electrically Driven Soft Matter

Finland (FI)
25 Apr 2024
31 May 2024
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Fixed Term
Full Time

Active Matter research group at the Department of Applied Physics in Aalto University (Finland) is looking for an outstanding Doctoral Researcher (PhD student) to pursue a degree in the field of soft matter physics. The goal of the doctoral researcher is to develop novel approaches to controlling colloidal dispersions using electric fields. The chosen doctoral researcher will utilize various experimental and computational methods and work closely with other members of the research group.

Your experience and skills

  • Master’s degree in physics, preferentially in experimental soft condensed matter physics.
  • Excellent understanding of university level physics and desire to always learn more.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Finnish language is not required.
  • Previous experience in advanced optical microscopy and related data analysis methods is considered as a strong asset.

What we offer

We offer a fully funded PhD project. The chosen student will be supervised by Prof. Jaakko Timonen and advised by a senior postdoctoral researcher. The position is initially filled for 2 years. The contract is continued for another 2 years after a successful midterm review. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1612 hours. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary is approximately 2700 €/month (gross), and it increases as the doctoral researcher progresses in the research and studies. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare. The primary workplace is the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application (in English) and attachments through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply Now”). Include the following documents:

  • Cover letter stating your motivation, experience, suitability, and career ambitions
  • CV including a list of publications
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • PDF copy of your Master’s thesis or a repository link
  • One or more recommendation letters

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024. We will go through applications, and we may invite suitable candidates to interview already during the application period. 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.

See the group webpage and contact Prof. Jaakko Timonen ( for more details of this position.

Please note: Aalto University’s existing employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday (Internal Jobs) (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

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