Three Postdoctoral Researchers, Physics

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Three Postdoctoral Researchers in Nuclear Physics, 24 months starting earliest 1.6.2018

The Department of Physics is an internationally recognized research and teaching unit. The main research areas in the Department are particle physics, material physics, and nuclear and accelerator-based physics. The research in particle physics is carried out in cosmology, neutrino physics, physics of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, and Beyond the Standard Model physics. In condensed matter physics experimental research of nanophysics and nanoelectronics (especially low temperature physics in nano- and microstructures as well as molecular electronics) with their applications are carried out as well as research of porous and disordered materials and crystal defects. Themes of theoretical and computational material physics are atomic clusters, metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanowires, catalytic surfaces and other nanoscale structures, soft matter and statistical physics by using many-body theory and numerical modeling. In nuclear and accelerator based physics in the Accelerator Laboratory the research focuses on studies of atomic nuclei and nuclear matter under extreme conditions, with many links to material physics and applied research. Furthermore the Department is contributing to the ALICE and ISOLDE experiments in CERN as well as Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in GSI and FAIR Laboratories. The focus of the research in theoretical nuclear physics is on nuclear models and their applications.

The successful candidates for the position will work for the ERC Consolidator Grant project “Masses, Isomers and Decay studies for Elemental Nucleosynthesis” (MAIDEN) at the IGISOL facility in the JYFL Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä.

The successful candidates will be expected to play a significant role in the preparation and execution of the experimental program of the project and related analysis, and to actively contribute to the general physics program at IGISOL. The three positions will focus on:

(i)             Postdoctoral researcher, mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei at JYFLTRAP

(ii)            Postdoctoral researcher, decay spectroscopy with purified beams at JYFLTRAP

(iii)           Postdoctoral researcher, ion guide gas catcher research and development at IGISOL

Candidates should have a PhD in experimental nuclear physics. Experience in (i) mass spectrometry with Penning traps and/or MR-TOF-MS, (ii) operation and handling of radiation detectors commonly used in nuclear spectroscopic studies such as germanium and scintillator detectors, and (iii) ion guides or gas catchers, are considered as an advantage for the three positions, respectively. Experience in analysis of complex data sets and familiarity with programming languages, such as Java, C++, Python, or in simulation and designing software, such as SIMION, Comsol, and Autodesk Inventor, are also considered beneficial. Willingness to travel is required.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the Postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language.  According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. A good English language skill is regarded as a merit.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2865,30 - 3340,77 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact:, tel: +358 40 8054880

Please attach the following documents to the online application form: 

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See
  2. Letter of motivation and research interests, including the information which positions (i)-(iii) are being applied for and contact details for 1-2 persons who could provide recommendation letters.
  3. Numbered list of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant

Please submit your application at the latest on 31.3.2018 using the online application form.