Doctoral Student in Nanotechnology - University of Oulu, Finland

We are seeking candidates for the position of doctoral student in the field of nanotechnology to support the Printed electronics research team in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit. Doctoral student is going to conduct research in the surface modification related projects that concern forming various nanostructures by using ink-jet printing technology and other additive manufacturing technologies.

The ideal candidate has to demonstrate success in her/his current study program, is energetic, takes an initiative and is willing to dive into details. You will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and expertise in the field of nanotechnology, mainly printed electronics. The candidate will be offered a full-time fixed term contract with salary defined by the university salary system for PhD students.

Responsibilities include

  • Research in the area of ink-jet printing, nanoparticle self-assembly, multi-scale structural control and optical properties of designed nanoparticle-based materials and structures.
  • Work under the leadership of the senior scientific team in a laboratory environment to support development of new concepts and devices
  • Operation of nano- and micro-fabrication systems including spin coaters, vacuum deposition systems and material ink-jet printers. 
  • Use of characterization equipment such as contact angle measurement systems, profilometers, optical microscopes, TEM, SEM, AFM and other scientific equipment, as needed.
  • Obtaining and evaluating data, using statistical methods when necessary, and communicating results to the team.
  • Assisting in the preparation and analysis of chemical samples to support product manufacturing, product development, and research projects.
  • Prepare scientific reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, professional societies, and technical groups.


  • M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Physics
  • Knowledge in soft matter systems, such as colloids, macromolecules or relevant materials, solution-phase self-assembly (polymeric nano-structures, nanotechnology, nanoparticle functionalization, etc.),
  • Knowledge and preferably experience in thin-film and material characterization methods such as optical measurements, surface profilometry, SEM, TEM, AFM, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce results through reports and publications
  • The candidate must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined
  • The candidate should be comfortable working both independently or as part of a team
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to university work hours, policies, and standard academic etiquette.


Depending on personal achievement and performance, the salary of  Doctoral student will be set at levels 2–4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities (€ 2186 - € 3022 gross). Duration: 1 year (renewable).


The application shall be submitted using the electronic application form,  available at

Complete your application, add your CV, contact details for two referees and a cover letter (max 1 page, with a short description of interest and motives of undertaking this job) by March 27, 2017 before midnight Finnish time.


Professor Tapio Fabritius (, Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit, Information and Electrical Engineering Faculty, University of Oulu, Finland.

Doctor Rafal Sliz (, Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit, Information and Electrical Engineering Faculty, University of Oulu, Finland.

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