Job ID: 200441

Staff Scientist in Photonics

Aalto University

  • Nov. 29, 2022
  • Staff Scientist in Photonics
  • T411 Dept. Electronics and Nanoeng
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
The Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering at the Micronova research facilities is now looking for a


Are you motivated to work with ambitious research groups and frontier projects in photonics? We offer you a unique opportunity to work on large collaborative, cutting-edge research projects like the EU and Academy of Finland flagship projects and ERC projects.

Research environment
The Department´s research groups in photonics, optoelectronics, nanoscience and advanced materials, micro and quantum systems, electron physics and organic electronics are located in the Micronova research center. The Micronova research center houses the largest academic cleanroom facility (2600 m2) in Northern Europe. Aalto University shares this joint facility and provides access to over 100 production and measurement equipment for research and innovation. Micronova supports the research of over 200 researchers who carry out research in a number of fields, such as quantum technologies, photonics, renewable energy and microsystems to name just a few.

Aalto photonic research mainly focuses on the developments of various nanomaterials (including 1D, and 2D materials) and nanostructures-based lasers, modulators, and photodetectors for ultrafast photonics, nonlinear photonics and quantum photonics applications. The recent breakthroughs of the group include the smallest spectrometers (Science,378, 296(2022)), ultra-high on-chip optical gain (Nature Comm.10,432 (2019)), and quantum photonics (Nature Reviews Physics 4, 219(2022); Nature Reviews Physics 3, 193(2021)).

Your role and goals
The Staff Scientist position is for an academic faculty member who is a specialist in research work connected essentially to the use and development of photonics infrastructures and equipment. The expected distribution of working hours is 50% research and teaching (e.g. thesis instruction) and 50% service (e.g. project management duties, technical support).
Your responsibilities will include: 

Coordinating major EU projects, e.g., Finland PREIN photonics flagship, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence on quantum technology, EU quantum flagship, and ERC projects.

Performing demanding specific research in the photonics laboratories

Providing technical maintenance, training and development of the photonics laboratories.e.g. ultrafast lasers, cryostation, THz system and quantum measurement systems.

Thesis instruction

Your experience and ambitions
You have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and demonstrated evidence of successful research work shown by a strong scientific publication record. Your research experience is in the field of photonics, e.g. in lasers, nonlinear optics, ultrafast photonics, nanophotonics or quantum photonics. The coordinator´s role in large challenging  projects motivates you, and you already have strong experience in project management activities. Practical experience in teaching responsibilities, for example lab work assistance or BSc / MSc theses instruction, is an asset. The following will be considered as additional merits for the position:

Experience in international collaboration

Experience in project management and other duties at the group / Department / University Level

Proven track record of acquiring competitive funding.

What we offer
The Staff Scientist position will be initially filled for 5 years, with a possibility of a permanent contract depending on the funding situation and performance evaluation after the initial 5-year fixed-term. The expected starting salary is 4200-4600 €/month, depending on experience and qualifications, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. The starting date can be negotiated but it should be at the earliest in March 2023.

Our vast array of professional development opportunities means you will grow and learn, having the chance to participate actively in staff trainings and development projects based on your interests and needs. There is great freedom in your role, and we have a flexible modern working culture. We value work-life balance and well-being in all aspects of life.

We work in a hybrid way, and the primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo. The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 12,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the metro line.

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application latest on December 31, 2022, through our recruitment system using the "Apply" link.

Please include the following pdf documents in English (maximum number of documents is 5):
1) Motivation letter,
2) CV indicating your skills and experience applicable to the position, including your teaching experience,
3) List of publications (with the 5 most significant publications highlighted),
4) Research statement,
5) References (names and contact information).

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 reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period.

More Information 
If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Professor Zhipei Sun, and in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Riina Hiirikoski e-mails:
About Aalto University, Campus and Finland
The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff.

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Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and more than 4500 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in photonics, electronics and radio communications and radar systems; we develop enabling and groundbreaking solutions for smart living environments and cities. The school is an international unit with over 70 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

The Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering conducts research and arranges related courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology. The department research groups have active national and international collaboration with several institutes and companies. Research groups are working with world-class research facilities and instruments; the largest clean rooms in the Nordic countries are located in the micro- and nanotechnology centre Micronova.

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