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Doctoral Candidate Positions in Nano/Microstructured Superhydrophobic Surfaces
Aalto University

Date Posted Aug. 8, 2022
Title Doctoral Candidate Positions in Nano/Microstructured Superhydrophobic Surfaces
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T304 Dept. Applied Physics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Physics - General
Superhydrophobic surfaces are highly liquid repellent and are intriguing from both the fundamental scientific point of view and for applied technologies such as self-cleaning, anti-biofouling, anti-fogging, and anti-icing.

The Soft Matter and Wetting group (Dr. William S. Y. Wong and Prof. Robin Ras, is hiring doctoral students (2 positions) in the field of coating fabrication, wetting characterization and application development at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Conduct research on superhydrophobic surfaces, their fabrication by chemical synthesis and cleanroom microfabrication, 3D printing, alongside in-depth wetting characterization with high-speed optical imaging and in-house force probes.
  • Focus on exploring the sustainable development of these surfaces for future applications.
  • Publish research outcomes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment with chemists, physicists, and engineers.

The positions are immediately available. Salary is based on the university salary scheme (see below).


Are you talented, creative and ambitious? Do you want to work on an exciting, innovative and challenging research project? If yes, we want you to be part of our interdisciplinary team!

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated to work in experimental science and have a background in physics, chemistry, materials science (or engineering) or a closely related field. Prior expertise in experimental surface science is highly appreciated. While not mandatory, skills in following areas are beneficial: cleanroom microfabrication, Python/Matlab (or other programming language), mechatronics, fluid dynamics and wetting, mathematical modelling (analytical or numerical in, e.g., Comsol).

You communicate clearly and have excellent interpersonal skills. You can work both independently and as a part of the team. You demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm and commitment to academic research. You will work along with 10-15 other researchers from the Soft Matter and Wetting group and from collaborator laboratories at Aalto University.


Please send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience by 16th September 2022 through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply Now”).

The call is open until suitable candidates have been identified. The applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis.

Application material should include (all documents in English):
  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • CV
  • Diploma certificate
  • Transcript of records
  • Contact details of at least two possible referees

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.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account


Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is approximately 2600 €/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.
The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.


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