Postdoctoral Researcher in nanophysics and microfluidics

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity.

The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher in nanophysics and microfluidics, beginning from August 1st 2019  (at latest) for a fixed three-year term.

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 Department of Physics is strongly committed to interdisciplinary studies, and is together with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological and Environmental Science running the Nanoscience Center, which is the only of its kind in Finland.  

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers from physics, chemistry and biology, working at our Nanoscience Center on the development of microfluidic cell sorting for diagnostic purposes. The project is in collaboration with the local hospital and targets, among other goals, improved cancer diagnostics and screening of viable treatment strategies.

Cancer treatment is currently among the most resource taking treatments every year. Cancer appears in a large variety of forms, and one of the challenges is to find the right treatment to which a person responds positively. Central Finland’s Healthcare District (KSSHP), Jyväskylä hospital, is a pioneer in analyzing liquid biopsies in Finland, and therefore a valuable collaboration partner in this project. The hospital is one of the first hospitals in the world to provide personal drug sensitivity testing to facilitate more accurate drug prescriptions. However, the throughput of the facility could be increased with the help of automated microfluidic solutions for isolating cancer cells from blood, pleural fluid or urine samples. Isolated cancer cells can then be cultivated and tested for the optimization of the treatment protocol, which would improve the projected outcome for the person affected by cancer.

 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 writing and speaking skill is regarded as a merit.

Candidates should have, or be about to obtain, a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry, materials science or similar. Experience in microfluidics, cleanroom processing, optics/spectroscopy and/or cell biology is meriting. We furthermore require the candidate to have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interact with several research groups. An outstanding academic track record, including publications in international peer-reviewed journals, is expected.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2903,61 €/Month - 3386,00 €/Month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to 6 - 50 % of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

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

For further information, please contact: Andreas Johansson (

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. Application
  3. Numbered list of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant

Please submit your application at the latest on 27.3.2019 using the online application form.