Postdoctoral Researcher in nuclear spectroscopy

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in nuclear spectroscopy beginning September 3, 2020 or as agreed, for a fixed-term of two years.          

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our research group to work in the ERC Consolidator Grant project “Masses, Isomers and Decay studies for Elemental Nucleosynthesis ” (MAIDEN) focusing on properties of neutron-rich nuclei relevant for the astrophysical r process. In this project, nuclear properties are studied to better understand nucleosynthesis in stars, in particular the rapid neutron capture process (the r process). The MAIDEN project started in 2018, and a couple of experiments have already been successfully run and instruments developed for the project at the IGISOL facility in the JYFL Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä. We are now seeking for a postdoctoral researcher to focus on decay spectroscopy experiments and work together with our international research team at the excellent research facility IGISOL.

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich nuclei employing various detector setups and purified ion beams at IGISOL. The beam purification is typically done with the JYFLTRAP Penning trap but also the new MR-TOF mass separator or selective laser ionization can be applied. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to take a central role in preparing and running the spectroscopy experiments of the project, related data analysis and management, and publications. She/he is also expected to actively participate in other experiments at the IGISOL facility.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

Successful candidates are expected to have a PhD degree, or be about to obtain a PhD, in experimental nuclear physics. Experience in decay spectroscopy experiments, operation and handling of germanium and scintillator detectors, and related data acquisition are considered as an advantage. Experience in the analysis of complex data sets and familiarity with programming languages, such as Java, C++, and Python, are also considered beneficial. Willingness to travel is required.

The annual salary range will be approximately 40,000 - 51,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

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

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

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Anu Kankainen,, +358 40 805 4880.

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The application documents should include in pdf format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred) including contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference letters.
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of publications
  4. Relevant certificates/diplomas

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by June 30, 2020.

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