Senior Lecturer, Physics

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

Senior Lecturer, Physics, as of 1st July, 2018, in effect until further notice.

The main areas of research of the Department of Physics are nuclear and accelerator-based physics, particle physics and materials physics. The research areas in nuclear and accelerator-based physics are nuclear structure, especially the physics of exotic nuclei, nuclear models, double beta decay, ion source physics and applied accelerator-based research.  The research areas in particle physics are ultrarelativistic heavy ion collision physics, neutrino physics and particle cosmology. The research areas in materials physics are nanophysics and nanotechnology, multiphase flows, porous and disordered materials physics, low temperature physics and computational materials physics. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory and Tomography Laboratory, and at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) operated by the Faculty.

The Senior Lecturer currently sought will be a key member of the accelerator-based materials research group in the Accelerator Laboratory. The group performs research into the interactions between energetic ions and materials, detector, data acquisition and analysis software development, and application of ion beam techniques in the characterization of materials and thin films. In addition to the ion beam based research using the Pelletron and cyclotron accelerators within the Accelerator Laboratory, the group performs thin film research especially using atomic layer deposition (ALD) and is responsible for the helium ion microscope (HIM) facility, both located in the clean rooms of the NSC.

The selected candidate will be expected to take a leading role and perform research in line with these main foci of the group. The successful candidate is expected to play a significant role in the development of cross-disciplinary collaboration with other research groups. It is expected that the candidate will have excellent knowledge of ion–matter-interactions and experience in experimental techniques such as ion beam analysis, helium ion microscopy and atomic layer deposition. Knowledge of computational techniques related to the ion-matter interactions and ion beam analysis is considered an asset. Previous experience in a leadership role or management of large research projects and experimental resources is considered an advantage. The candidate will also be required to participate in lecture- and contact teaching of related topics in the Department and be involved in the supervision of master- and doctoral level theses. Broad teaching experience and pedagogical qualifications are thus also considered an advantage.

The duties of the Senior Lecturer will also include participation in and development of international research projects and networks, which complement and enhance the research carried out by the Accelerator Laboratory. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of Finnish language. In certain cases, the University may grant exemption from this requirement. A good command of English language and an ability to teach in English are regarded as advantageous for the applicant. 

The job-specific salary component of a Senior Lecturer is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2865,30 - 3851,33/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 six months will be used when the positions are first filled. 

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Timo Sajavaara, tel. +358 40 8054 114, email: or Head of the Department of Physics, Prof. Markku Kataja, tel. +358 40 5221 044, email:  

The application should include: 

1.  Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See:  

2) A brief description of the applicant’s academic research and international activities, and an outline of the research planned to be carried out in the next five years or so.  

3) A brief description of other merits to demonstrate the applicant’s eligibility for the position, including an account of supplementary research funding, pedagogical experience, etc. (=motivation letter). 

4) A numbered list of all academic and other publications the applicant wants to use to demonstrate his/her eligibility and merits for the position. The list of publications must comply with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland  

5) A maximum of ten main publications (pdf format in one file), numbered in accordance with the list of publications.  

Please submit your application at the latest on 22.4.2018, using the online application form.