Doctoral candidate in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics
Aalto University, Department of Applied Physics

Doctoral candidate in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics

Doctoral Candidate in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics

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Department of Applied Physics

Doctoral Candidate Positions

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 400 professors. It is the largest university in Finland focusing on education and research and technology, science, business, and arts. The Department of Applied Physics is located on the Otaniemi campus in Espoo (10 km from the city centre of Helsinki), which is one of the largest hubs of high-tech in Northern Europe.

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, focused on artificial topological superconductivity in van der Waals materials.

The prospective Ph.D. student will work on emergent quantum phenomena in van der Waals materials based combining two-dimensional dichalcogenides, two-dimensional magnetic materials, and graphene. The project aims to exploit controllable magnetism and superconductivity in atomically engineered two-dimensional materials, to create topological superconductors hosting a variety of unconventional excitations, including Majorana bound states.

Topological states of matter provide a powerful playground to explore unconventional physics, realizing excitations not naturally present in nature. In many instances, reaching those states requires the capability of controlling the microscopic properties of materials, a challenging task in conventional bulk compounds. Two-dimensional materials offer a unique opportunity in that direction due to the possibility of controlling details of the Hamiltonian by twist, stack, and proximity effects. Moreover, atomic control provides exciting venues in these systems, opening a path towards controlling internal symmetries of the superconducting state, and ultimately on the nature of the effective electronic interactions.

The Ph.D. student will work on the theoretical fundamentals of van der Waals materials, to propose and model an experimental solid-state realization of emergent quantum states. In particular, the student will focus on how to theoretically exploit anisotropic magnetic interactions, twist engineering and proximity effects to create unconventional electronic states, with a strong emphasis both on the fundamental theory and potential materials science perspective.

This four-year Ph.D. position will be carried out in collaboration between the theory group of “Correlated Quantum Materials” (Prof. Jose Lado) and the experimental group of “Atomic Scale Physics” (Prof. Peter Liljeroth) at Aalto University. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will initially be made for 2 years and it will be extended by another two years after an approved mid-term review. We look for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in theoretical physics and with interest in the experimental realization of exotic quantum states of matter.


To apply, please send the following documents as a single PDF file (all document in English):

(1)   Letter of motivation

(2)   CV including list of publications

(3)   Degree certificates and academic transcripts

(4)   Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available) 

Please apply through our electronic recruitment system. Link “Apply now!” below.

The deadline for applications is 8 November 2019. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Jose Lado (jose.lado(at) or Prof. Peter Liljeroth (peter.liljeroth(at)

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.



As a living and work environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life and competitiveness studies. It is the happiest place in the world according to a 2018 World Happiness Report. Finland is the most stable, freest and safest country in the world in 2018. Helsinki is the third best city in the world to live in according to a 2016 report by Metropolis magazine. Finland has also been ranked 10th in the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 of the World Economic Forum.

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