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At the Department of Applied Physics, our pioneering research in physical sciences creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential. Our research focuses on Materials physics; Quantum technology; Soft & living matter; and Advanced energy solutions. Topics extend from fundamental research to important applications. We educate future generations of research and development professionals; data specialists; technology experts; inventors; and scientists for industry and society.
We are now looking for two
Postdoctoral Researchers in the field of flat band superconductivity
We are looking for talented condensed matter experimentalists to work on flat band superconductivity. In this position you will have a chance to make an impact on the foundations of modern superconducting technology as well as to prepare for new methods of quantum information processing.
Our goal is to investigate flat band superconductivity using twisted bilayer graphene (TBG) and engineered stacking faults in graphite as platforms. In the beginning, a large effort will be invested in understanding the superfluid weight in TBG systems, and how the superfluid weight is connected to the kinetic inductance of these materials. In addition, Josephson junctions including flat band superconductors will be constructed and studied. The planned measurements will be centered in circuit QED type of measurements at microwave frequencies. The implications of this fundamental flat band work will then be applied to multilayered graphite with stacking faults. Properly engineered graphite may form a system that eventually provides a robust room temperature superconductor for technological applications.
Your role and goals
Your role will be in the design of new circuits, supervision of graduate students, participation to the fabrication of devices, implementing and carrying out measurements over a broad range of temperatures, participation in international collaborative work in flat band superconductivity, as well as interaction with theorists to understand what kind of information can be extracted from the measurements.
The work is done as teamwork in the Quantum Circuits and Noise (NANO) research group at Aalto University School of Science, in collaboration with the groups in the National Center of Excellence QTF – Quantum Technology Finland, and the theory groups of Prof. Päivi Törmä at Aalto University and Prof. Tero Heikkilä at Jyväskylä University. In parallel, the NANO group is pursuing work on fractional Chern insulator in twisted TMD materials. Since there is clear synergy between twisted graphene and twisted TMD samples, you can also contribute to our TMD work which aims to realize non-Abelian anyons without magnetic field.
Your experience and ambitions
We are looking for two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to work on superconducting materials having flat bands and to characterize such novel superconductivity using ultralow-noise microwave experiments. One position is filled with emphasis on twisted bilayer materials, while another position is filled with emphasis on engineered graphite devices.The work is at the leading edge of quantum science, which calls for talented people with understanding of theoretical issues in topological materials and eagerness to work on tough experimental challenges. We expect the candidates to have:
- PhD degree in physics or in a nearby field
- Experience on 2D materials and quantum devices
- Good understanding of superconductivity and topological materials
- Mastering of micro and nanofabrication techniques
- Automation of experiments with MATLAB, Python, or equivalent
- At least a working knowledge of microwave techniques
- Experience on operating dilution refrigerators is desirable
- Excellent skills in English, Finnish language is not required
What we offer
We offer a vigorous research environment of quantum technology in one of the largest innovation hubs of Nordic countries. Our research group NANO is a member of the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence “QTF- Quantum Technology Finland” and a wider, multidisciplinary collaboration Institute Q. The work takes place using state-of-the-art measurement and nanofabrication facilities at Low Temperature Laboratory and Micronova nanofabrication center, which are part of the national OtaNano research infrastructure (www.aalto.fi/en/otanano).
In this position, you have the possibility to follow closely the development of quantum technology and modern superconducting device engineering. You will gain experience on high-frequency operation and measurement of superconducting quantum circuits, which forms the basis of the most promising present paradigm for quantum computation. Furthermore, the collaboration within InstituteQ opens up avenues for applications of your knowhow and newly developed technologies.
The fixed term contract is initially for two years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary ranges for a postdoc from 3900€ to 4300€ per month (gross salary), depending on previous experience. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.
Our vast array of professional development opportunities means you will grow and learn, having the chance to participate actively in staff trainings and development projects based on your interests and needs. There is great freedom in your role, and we have a flexible modern working culture. We value work-life balance and well-being in all aspects of life.
We work in a hybrid way, and the primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo. The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, 13,000 students and 4,500 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro line.
To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page (« Apply Now”).
(1) Letter of motivation
(2) CV including list of publications
(3) Degree certificates and academic transcripts
(4) Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available)
The deadline for applications is December 15, 2023, while the screening of candidates will start immediately. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Pertti Hakonen (pertti.hakonen (at) aalto.fi). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. We aim to have a transparent and equal recruitment process, so feel free to ask us for feedback.
Please note: Aalto University’s employees should apply for the position via our internal HR system Workday (Internal Jobs) by using their existing Workday user account (not via the external webpage for open positions).
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