Aalto University is a university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 350 professors.

Aalto University School of Science is now looking for:

Doctoral Candidates and Postdoctoral Researchers (fixed term) at the Department of Applied Physics

Job description

The position will be located at the Department of Applied Physics (http://physics.aalto.fi), which is one of the largest departments at the Aalto University School of Science. The Department pursues vigorous research activities in the field of physical sciences with important industrial applications and technological potential. It was appraised as the highest-ranking unit in the Research Assessment Exercise of 2009 covering all the 46 academic units of Aalto University. Much of the research at the Department is focused on condensed-matter and materials physics, on quantum physics and nano-optics, and on advanced energy sciences. The Department also hosts the Nanomicroscopy Centre with its state-of-the-art equipment, and carries out research utilizing also other cutting-edge research infrastructures and facilities located at the Otaniemi Campus, including those in Micronova for micro and nanotechnology and in Cryohall in the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory.


The Nanomaterials Group of Aalto University Department of Applied Physics has several employment opportunities for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in

(i) Structure-controlled floating catalyst CVD synthesis of SWCNTs: Recently, the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with highly uniform electronic properties has been demonstrated in supported catalyst CVD systems. The aim of this project is to enable selective growth of semiconducting SWCNTs using our floating catalyst CVD process, which is expected to lead to a significant improvement in the properties of SWCNT based thin film electronics.

(ii) Dry deposition in SWCNTs for flexible electronics applications: Our floating catalyst CVD process makes it possible to use dry, vacuum free, room-temperature aerosol deposition methods to fabricate high quality thin films of SWCNTs on a wide range of substrates, for use in flexible electronics. The aim of this project is to develop novel methods for continuous large area fabrication of random, aligned, and patterned SWCNT thin films

(iii) Highly conductive SWCNT films for transparent, flexible touch sensors: We have used the floating catalyst CVD process to make SWCNT-based transparent conductive films (TCF) with the world’s highest conductivity. SWCNT-TCFs have a wide application potential in electronics, including thin film displays and capacitive touch sensors. The aim of this project is to further improve TCF performance, and to develop novel growth and chemical doping processes which would make SWCNT-based flexible TCFs competitive with indium tin oxide (ITO) coatings on glass.

(iv) SWCNT thin film transistors (TFT-FETs) for digital logic applications: We have demonstrated SWCNT-based high mobility thin film transistors with a high ON/OFF current ratio and small scale integrated circuits based on these devices, also on flexible and deformable substrates. The aim of this project is to further improve device performance and uniformity to enable larger scale integration of circuits. The largest academic cleanroom facility in Northern Europe at the Micronova Nanofabrication Center offers an excellent environment for cutting edge micro- and nanofabrication of SWCNT-TFT integrated circuits.

We offer talented physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering majors an internationally well-connected (e.g. joint European–Japanese project IRENA, Aalto Energy Efficiency Programme project MOPPI) world-class research environment with easy access to the National Nanomicroscopy Center and the Micronova Nanofabrication Center.

As a successful candidate for this position, you should have:

  • M.Sc. degree or PhD in a relevant field – for example in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering;

In addition successful candidates should be able to work both in a group but also independently, and to have good communication skills in English.


Aalto University follows the salary system of the Finnish universities, but applicants can also provide their own requests. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

For more Information

For additional information, please contact the Head of the Group, Professor Esko Kauppinen, tel. 358 40 5098064, or in recruitment process related questions HR-coordinator Mikael Henny, tel. +358 (0)50 344 2915. E-mails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.


Please send your application at earliest convenience in Saima recruitment system, by the 30th of September 2014 as well as directly by email to Professor Esko Kauppinen (esko.kauppinen@aalto.fi). Apply through the link “apply to this job” at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the position, please submit your application including (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one A4)
  • CV (max. two A4s).
  • PDF-file of your main publications
  • Reference letters (max 2).

Applications shall consist of one single pdf file with file name “lastname_firstname_application.pdf”. The first document of the pdf file is the cover letter, followed by the appendices in the order given in the list above.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider also candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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