Postdoctoral Researcher in physics


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We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our research group to work in the Nanoscience Center in an interdisciplinary project combining experimental nanophysics and microbiology. We aim to build and measure novel nanostructures using self-organizing, ordered bacterial colonies, and apply them in the field of metamaterials to control heat and light (phonons and photons). The main goals of the project are 
i) To control bacterial biofilm growth in such a manner that ordered 3D micron-scale microbial colonies are formed 
ii) To fabricate thermal conductance and thermal radiation measurement samples using the bacterial colonies and advanced nanofabrication techniques 
iii) To measure the modified phononic and photonic response of structures, at cryogenic temperatures for phononics, and at room temperature for photonics.


The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

A suitable candidate will have a PhD degree, or be about to obtain a PhD in experimental physics, with experience in collaborative projects in microbiology considered a big bonus. Experience in working in a clean room environment is a requirement.

Candidates with practical experience with advanced nanofabrication techniques such as electron- and ion-beam lithography and microscopy, 3D direct laser writing and plasma etching are particularly highly valued, as is experience in cryogenic measurements. Practical familiarity with microbiological techniques is also relevant, in particular experience with electron- and/or ion beam microscopy of delicate biological samples (including sample preparation).

The annual salary range will be approximately 40,000 – 51,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact Professor Ilari Maasilta, ilari.j.maasilta@jyu.fi.

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

The application documents should include in pdf format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred) including contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference letters.
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of publications
  4. Relevant certificates/diplomas

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by July 30, 2020.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU’s naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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