The Department of Physics is currently seeking to recruit staff for the position of
DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, PHYSICS
starting on September 1st 2021 or as agreed for a maximum of four years.
The main research fields at the Department of Physics are subatomic physics and material physics. In the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä, multiple research groups engage these fields. The position is within the accelerator based materials physics research group, which activities can be divided into three main areas: 1) fundamental studies of ion–matter interactions, 2) detector, data acquisition and analysis software development and 3) application of ion beam techniques for materials and thin film studies.
The tasks of the experimentally oriented Doctoral Researcher are connected to Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Mikko Laitinen’s research project, which focuses on improvement of negative ion sources for electrostatic accelerators, in particular laser-assisted ionization and plasma+surface physics within the negative sputtering ion source. The PhD thesis work will concentrate on explaining the recently discovered phenomenon in which the beam current from the SNICS type ion source can be instantly enhanced by shining a suitable laser beam to the source cathode area. During the thesis work the theory and theory driven simulations will also need to be utilized. The doctoral candidate is also expected to participate in research and development of other ion source technologies serving the accelerator-based material physics research program at the University of Jyväskylä
The Doctoral Researcher will work mostly in Jyväskylä, but we aim to provide at least one longer period abroad during the four years. On top of the research tasks, the doctoral researcher will have limited teaching duties at the department.
Qualifications we are looking for
The eligible candidate has, or is about to obtain, a suitable degree (a Master’s Degree or equivalent) and background in physics or engineering. The candidate is expected to have very good experimental skills. Prior expertise from ion sources and lasers or plasma physics, with possible UV-NIR -photon (spectra) are valued high. We appreciate theory studies in materials, plasma and accelerator based physics and experience in data analysis tasks. Prior knowledge or hands-on experience with negative ion sources, CAD and/or simulation methods, development of spectroscopic instruments, software-coding work for DAQ and control systems, and/or electronics strengthens the application.
The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of English language.
In addition, the Doctoral Researcher must have a permission for post-graduate studies at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the faculty after the selection for the position.
Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see www.supo.fi.
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 for a Doctoral Researcher will be approximately 28,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). With progess of the thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Education Employers. 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:
- Short application / motivation letter, including research interests.
- Curriculum vitae (CV), with key skills relevant to the tasks listed. The CV should include contact details (position, email, phone) of two academics who can provide reference information.
- Master’s Degree diploma and study transcripts in English or Finnish
- English language test record (case dependent)
- 1-2 Letters of Support(s) (Note: can be directly send to email@example.com)
Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 21, 2021.
For further information, please contact Academy Research Fellow Dr. Mikko Laitinen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 40 8054 113.