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Doctoral Researcher positions in Computational Physics
Aalto University

Date Posted Aug. 19, 2022
Title Doctoral Researcher positions in Computational Physics
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T304 Dept. Applied Physics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
    Graduate Student
  • Physics - General
The Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University invites applications to

Doctoral Researcher positions in Computational Physics

The positions are hosted in the SIN group ( at Aalto, led by Prof. Adam Foster. We are focused on theoretical methods for the characterization, assembly and function control of complex molecular systems. Our recent work has been in the context of van der Waals heterostructures, organic frameworks and bio-interfaces, with applications ranging from the development of novel quantum materials and catalysts to efficient use of biomass in biorefineries and imaging of cell membranes.

We are looking for PhD researchers to work on the interface between quantum/atomistic simulations of molecular materials and machine learning methodologies. The specific focus can be adjusted according to the experience and interests of the successful candidates. The projects are strongly linked to local and international experimental collaborations.


Successful candidates have a master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computer Science or related disciplines. Experience of computational physics simulations and scientific programming is essential, and knowledge of machine learning in that context would be considered a major asset. The candidate must have a high motivation for research, show evidence of good written and oral communication skills in English, and enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team. The positions are available immediately. PhDs in Finland last approximately 4 years with a typical gross salary in the range of 2600 - 3000 €/month. Moreover, Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

How to apply?

The call is open and the position can be filled as soon as a proper candidate is found. The deadline for the first round of applications is 26th September 2022. Applications should consist of a scientific CV including publication list, a transcript of studies and the names of two referees. To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned above as one single PDF document in English through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply Now”).

For additional information about the position, kindly contact Prof. Adam Foster (firstname.lastname (at)

Please note: Aalto University’s employees should apply for the position via our internal HR system Workday -> Career -> Find jobs.

What do we offer?

We are an internationally oriented community and home to world-class research and teaching. The Applied Physics department is known for long-term, high-quality and innovative research carried out in cooperation with the world's leading research groups.

We offer many benefits, like flexible working times, a wide range of staff training opportunities and the possibility for partial remote working also after Covid restrictions. We are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Helsinki, with a metro station, two breweries and a shopping centre in our campus area.

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