Staff Scientist

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


starting on 01.04.2022 or as soon as possible thereafter in effect until further notice. 

The tasks and qualifications we are looking for 

The Staff Scientist will have an important role in the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics (JYFL), working as a senior member of the ion source and plasma physics group. The group is renowned for its’ research into the properties of ion source plasmas, which has led to the development of world-class ion sources and innovations at JYFL. The selected candidate will have joint responsibility for the provision of and development of ion beams to all research groups within the Accelerator Laboratory, also contributing to forefront research in this field. In order to ensure reliable provision of ion beams, the selected candidate will also liaise and work with other technical staff to maintain the high performance level of the various in-house ion sources. The selected candidate will also help to supervise the work of MSc- and PhD-level researchers and perform a limited amount of teaching in areas relevant to their expertise. 

You are the person we are looking for if you have a relevant doctoral degree and significant experience in the operation of ion sources, in particular ECR ion sources. A deep understanding of the various processes and physics of ion source plasmas is also required. Experience in modelling of ion sources and low-energy ion beam transport is considered an advantage, as is previous experience in supervision and teaching of students. In order to successfully carry out the required tasks, the candidate will use their initiative, organizational skills and interactive and co-operative skills in a multi-cultural environment. The position also requires proficiency in both oral and written English.

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 multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important. At 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 lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about 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 40,000 – 50,000 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 (the file name should contain the name of the applicant): 

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred).
  2. Short application / motivation letter
  3. Relevant certificates/diplomas
  4. Additional documentation of merits to support the application (for example, list of publications, if applicable) 

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by 31 January 2022. For further information, please contact: 

  • Head of the Department, Professor Timo Sajavaara,, puh. +358 40 805 4114, 
  • Head of the Accelerator Laboratory, Paul Greenlees,, puh. +358 40 805 4069.

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

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.