The Active Matter group at the Department of Applied Physics is now looking for an outstanding
to join our group to carry out experimental research in the Academy of Finland funded project “Electrical Charging of Nanoparticles in Nonpolar Liquids: From Fundamentals to Emergent Phenomena”. This is a 4-year research project where you will have a chance to make a long-lasting impact on the science and technology of nanoparticles. A public project description is available here and a related preprint here. The potential candidates are encouraged to study the project description and the preprint before applying.
Your role and goals
The role of the postdoctoral researcher is to experimentally investigate the electrical charging of nanoparticles in nonpolar solvents and to show how it can be harnessed for advanced materials and technologies. You will work closely together with another postdoctoral researcher and one doctoral student active in the same research theme with complementary skills to yours. Depending on your background and interests, you may be involved in the chemical synthesis of the nanoparticles; their characterization using various physical and chemical technique; in electrical measurements and modelling of the nanoparticle charging; or in the study of the emergent phenomena resulting from the nanoparticle charging and the applications in advanced material and devices. You will carry out the experiments in the facilities of the hosting research group that include a state-of-the-art optical microscopy and physical property measurement laboratory and a chemistry laboratory. You will also utilize the electron microscopy, x-ray scattering, nanofabrication facilities and other sample characterization infrastructures available on the university campus. In addition, you will take part in supervising students, submitting and revising manuscript, and coordinating the project.
Your experience and ambitions
We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in physics (technical physics, applied physics), chemistry (physical chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering) or nanoscience/nanotechnology. We value excellent communication skills (fluency in written and spoken English); ability to find information independently; excellent problem-solving skills; attention to detail; ability to use the language of physics (models, equations, reasoning) to describe, analyze and model the experimental observations; and excellent self-management skills (organization of your own time, work, data and notes). We strongly value previous experience in student supervision, writing and revising manuscripts, and efforts and interest to apply for external funding to support your own research ideas and projects. Your PhD should be from a relevant topic and you should be already skilled in several of the following techniques:
What we offer
- Chemical synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles and nanoclusters
- Electrical characterization methods (IV, It, impedance spectroscopy)
- Electrochemistry (CV, EIS, circuit models)
- Optical microscopy (bright field, fluorescence, confocal, super-resolution)
- Optical spectroscopy (UV-VIS, fluorescence, Raman)
- Analytical chemistry (KF titration)
- Electron microscopy (cryo-TEM, HRTEM)
- Scattering/diffraction techniques (X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering)
- Interfacial and capillary phenomena (contact angle goniometry, pendant drop method)
- Image and data analysis using ImageJ/FIJI and Matlab
We offer an exciting and challenging research topic for a talented postdoctoral researcher who wants to work at the very frontier of the science of colloidal nanoparticles. You will work within the multidisciplinary Active Matter
research group consisting of ca. 4 postdoctoral researchers and 4 doctoral candidates (physicists, chemists and biologists). The group is led by Prof. Jaakko Timonen with a strong track-record and expertise in soft matter science and physics and chemistry of magnetic nanoparticles (see. e.g. Angewandte Chemie 50, 2080-2084 (2011)
, Science 341, 253-257 (2013)
, Nature 559, 77-82 (2018)
, arXiv:2009.12563 (2020)
and arXiv:2009.13945 (2020)
). You will be supervised by the group leader and work closely with two talented postdoctoral researchers in the group. You will also have the opportunity to participate in advising of a doctoral student working in the project and to design small research projects for undergraduate students. This position as a postdoctoral researcher in a lively multidisciplinary research group is an excellent opportunity and a stepping stone on your career towards the scientific independence or towards a research-oriented position outside academia.
The position is initially filled for 2 years with a possibility for continuation. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary for a Postdoctoral researcher is approx.
3700€/month. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.
Ready to apply?
To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the ’Apply’ link.
- Letter of motivation
- CV including a list of publications
- Degree certificates and academic transcripts
- Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available)
We will start evaluating the applications on August 1, 2021.
Please apply at your earliest convenience but no later than July 31.
The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Jaakko Timonen
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
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