1-2 Doctoral student in Physics and/or Chemistry at University of Jyväskylä, Finland: The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences.

The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major   exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only   one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility. The Departments of Physics and Chemistry in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

In this joint experimental/theoretical project the research groups of university lecturer Jussi Toppari and Academy researcher Gerrit Groenhof will investigate the strong coupling between surface plasmons and molecules with the aim of developing new means to control chemistry with light.

Ultimately, the goal of the project is to show that we can exploit the strong coupling to control

(i) the fluorescence and isomerization quantum yields in photo- isomerization,

(ii) the equilibrium in excited state proton transfer reactions, and

(iii) the efficiency of intra-molecular excitation energy transfer (EET) in various chemical systems, including proteins.

To strengthen our team, we are seeking motivated Doctoral students, who will work on experimental realization of the concept or/and develop a predictive theoretical model.

Qualifications / Requirements: The eligible candidate for a Doctoral student position should have, or be about to obtain, a MSc degree in physics or physical chemistry. The ideal candidate would have already experimental or theoretical experience in optics, plasmonics and/or quantum electrodynamics. We furthermore require the candidate to have excellent communication skills in English.

Qualification requirements, duties and language competence requirements for a doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. 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.

Doctoral students job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 1-4 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research personnel at universities (1.795,12 €/month – 2.462,01 €/month). In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. The positions include health care benefits for the employees of the University of Jyväskylä.

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

Further information, please contact:
University lecturer Jussi Toppari j.jussi.toppari@jyu.fi or Academy researcher fellow Gerrit Groenhofgerrit.x.groenhof@jyu.fi

Application procedure: The application should include:

  1. A brief motivation letter with a statement of research interests
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, and containing a contact details of two senior academics for reference. When possible, use the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae.
  3. List of publications (only if available)

Deadline: January 18, 2016 using the online application form.

Apply online: Click here

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