Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics
University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics

The Department of Physics is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the position of 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics

The position starts on September 1, 2021 or as agreed, for a fixed-term of 2 years.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the project "Microwave optomechanics with magnons". This project focuses on the study of magnomechanical systems close to the quantum limit. The aim is to study the phenomena resulting from the coupling of vibrations and driven magnetic resonance and especially the role of spin-orbit torque in the quantum limit of magnetisation precession. The project work is theoretical physics in the group of Prof. Tero Heikkilä, but is done in close collaboration with two experimental groups in Aalto University, those of Assoc. Prof. Mika Sillanpää and Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken.

You are the person we are looking for if you have a PhD degree in condensed matter physics or quantum optics and if you are a creative and open minded theoretical physicist who likes to work with experimentalists. We expect candidates with a good command of the tools of open quantum systems. Knowledge of optomechanics, magnetisation dynamics and spin orbit torques is considered an asset, but these topics can be also learned within the project.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. The PhD degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The City of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range will be approximately 41,000 - 47,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  2. Cover letter including a statement of research interests.
  3. A numbered list of publications
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas (or date of completion the PhD)

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by August 4, 2021.

For further details, please contact Professor Tero Heikkilä, tero.t.heikkila@jyu.fi.

The main areas of research at the Department of Physics are nuclear and accelerator-based physics, particle physics, and materials physics. In nuclear and accelerator-based physics the research areas are nuclear structure, especially the physics of exotic nuclei, nuclear models, double beta decay, ion source physics, and applied accelerator-based research. In particle physics the research areas are ultrarelativistic heavy ion collision physics, neutrino physics, and particle cosmology. In materials physics the research areas are nanophysics and quantum technologies, non-equilibrium physics, superconductivity, low temperature physics, computational materials physics and physics of complex materials. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory, the multidisciplinary Nanoscience Center (NSC), Tomography Laboratory and in foreign research centers such as CERN and GSI.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.


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