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The Department of Applied Physics is presently seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher in the field of nano- and microtechnology (Prof. Robin Ras, http://physics.aalto.fi/groups/smw/). The research project deals with surfaces with tunable wetting properties (e.g. superhydrophobic surfaces) and design of microfluidic applications, and is funded by the Academy of Finland in the Programmable Materials Research Programme. The research group, in which the post-doctoral researcher will operate, aims at publishing in the highest-level scientific journals.

The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus together with the closest collaborators Prof. Sami Franssila (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Prof. Klas Hjort (VTT Technical Research Center of Finland). The position is closely connected to the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence on Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials (2014-2019) headed by Academy Professor Olli Ikkala. Other major partners include the groups of Prof. Markus Linder (Biomolecular Materials), Prof. Janne Laine (Forest Products Surface Chemistry) and Prof. Merja Penttilä (VTT Biotechnology). Centres of Excellence are the flagships of Finnish research.

Compensation and details

Compensation is competitive, determined according to the university salary scheme, based on experience and qualifications of the selected persons. The contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. The teaching and research personnel belongs the total working hour system (1600 working hours annually). The position is immediately available. The position with fixed term contract, will be filled for 1 year, with a possible extension for 1-2 years.


The candidate must have a PhD. As a successful candidate for this position, you should be highly motivated in experimental science and having a background in physics, chemistry, materials science or closely related field. Prior expertise on microfabrication is highly appreciated. Good command of English is a necessary perquisite. In addition to research work, a postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching related to their research topic.


To apply for the position, please submit your application including:
• Letter of motivation (max. one A4)
• CV
• Diploma certificate
• Letter of recommendation or contact details of a possible referee

Please send your application at earliest convenience in Saima recruitment system, by 28th of February 2014. Name all your documents according to Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf. All documents should be in English.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Robin Ras or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Mikael Henny. Emails: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

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