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Staff Scientist position in Low Temperature research

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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.  

Staff Scientist position in Low Temperature research

Are you an expert in cryogenics, low temperature measurement techniques and nanofabrication? Would you like to work in an inspiring, world-class research environment? We are committed to ambitiously building a better world and offer you a chance to participate and contribute to realizing our vision as a member of our community.

The Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL) in Aalto University, Finland, is looking for a Staff Scientist to manage the daily operations of LTL cryogenic and fabrication facilities. The position is permanent and full-time. The starting date is as soon as possible, but can also be negotiated.

The Low Temperature Laboratory is a part of the National OtaNano Research Infrastructure in Finland. OtaNano includes state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, characterization and measurement of nanostructures, materials and devices. The Low Temperature Laboratory part of the infrastructure serves more than 150 users annually by offering various cryogenic installations and nanofabrication facilities. It is one of the world centers in ultralow temperature physics and technology. The leading position is based on vigorous in-house development and construction of sub-mK refrigerators. For more information please see http://otanano.aalto.fi/.

Your role

Your leading role is to provide daily experimental and technical support for research groups accessing the Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL) facilities. The job includes (but is not limited to):

Service tasks (55% of working time):

  • Your main responsibility is to provide to LTL users technical support for day-to-day operations of cryogenic and nanofabrication facilities, user training for a variety of tools and instruments, together with the needed methods and skills to allow research work in a safe and productive way.
  • Development and maintaining LTL technological and scientific capabilities, supporting the core fields of quantum technology and nanoelectronics, micro- and nanophotonics, and nanostructured materials.
  • Opening LTL infrastructure up further via established partnerships, agreements and access programs and ensuring that the infrastructure governance and management are suited best to fulfil the mission of the OtaNano Research Infrastructure.
  • Help to maintain the equipment at optimum operational performance and provide established processes to guarantee success in sample fabrication and its characterization from day one for a new user. 
  • Active management and development of LTL research infrastructure.

Student and user support and supervision (15% of working time):

  • Students supervision during their first independent work and help them to enhance their acquired skills.
  • User support in selected steps of the fabrication process to ensure a successful sample fabrication for the students from an early stage until the student masters all the necessary tools.

Research (30% of working time):

  • Participating in research conducted at the highest international level, pushing the specific measurement or fabrication technology to its limit or inventing and testing completely new approaches. This leads unavoidably to difficulties and failures where the experience of the Staff Scientist is required in identifying the required measures to solve the problem.
  • The field of research relates to quantum technology with superconducting qubits, acoustic, and other hybrid quantum systems.

Your expertise

To succeed in this role, you’ll need a combination of strong technical skills, deep expertise in cryogenics, low temperature measurement techniques and nanofabrication, as well as capability and ambition for research and teaching. Since this is also a service position, it is important that helping others motivates you, and that you can easily get along with different kind of people. 

In more detail, you´ll need

  • Proven experience in cryogenic technologies, material science and in development of low noise measurement setups
  • Experience in equipment maintenance
  • PhD degree in physical/materials sciences/engineering or related discipline
  • Excellent communication and cooperation skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Fluent oral and written skills in English

We also value

  • Research experience in the fields of advanced low temperature physics, microwave&THz techniques, as well as nanomechanics and qubits in quantum hybrid systems
  • Experience in e-beam lithography systems (pattern and process design, problem solving)
  • Experience in development of RF installations
  • Experience in vacuum techniques and electronics
  • Experience in equipment maintenance and instrumentation design
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of sputtering and thin film evaporation systems
  • Experience with programming and familiar with MATLAB and CAD software
  • Experience in RAMAN spectroscopy
  • Experience in development, maintenance and repair of THz measurement system

What we offer

We offer you a versatile and interesting position in a vibrant, multi-cultural academic environment. You will be able to use your skills and expertise to develop our world-class research environment, as well as to participate in research conducted at the highest international level. 

The starting salary is determined according to collective agreement of Finnish Universities, depending on experience and qualifications, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. We have flexible working time as well as wide range of opportunities to learn and develop yourself. In addition, we´ll offer occupational health care services.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application no later than 22 February 2021 using the link below. To apply, please share the following application materials with us (all documents in English as single PDF):

  • Letter of motivation (max. two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including education, work experience, possible teaching experience
  • List of publications
  • Educational certificates
  • Letter of recommendation (if any)

Should you have any questions about the position, we will be happy to answer. Please contact the team leader, Senior Staff Scientist Alexander Savin. He is best available on workdays during 10:00-12:00 Finnish time. Tel: +358 503442752. Email: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi.

More information on Aalto as employer: https://www.aalto.fi/en/careers-at-aalto

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/services/about-finland and https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/welcome-to-aalto-university-and-finland-info-package.   

 

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