Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science

The Nanomagnetism and Spintronics (NanoSpin) group at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University is looking for a highly motivated postdoc for experimental work at the boundary between magnetism and plasmonics. The project focuses on the exploitation of plasmon excitations in all-optical magnetic switching and the realization of field-controlled lasing in magnetoplasmonic systems with the aim of developing topological photonic nanostructures. Your main responsibility is to develop new concepts, fabricate samples, perform (magneto)-optical measurements and advance the measurement setups. For the experiments, a state-of-the-art infrastructure for nanofabrication and optical characterization is available.


We are looking for outstanding candidates with a strong background in magnetism, plasmonics or a related field. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or equivalent and have documented experience in optical measurements and data analysis. Experience in electron-beam lithography, magnetic characterization and/or theoretical/numerical work in support of the experiments are considered as other assets.

The ability to collaborate and interact with other researcher and research communities are important. You should have good communication skills, good analytical and experimental skills and good ability to work independently toward the goals of the project.


The salary ranges from 3500€ to 3900€ per month, depending of previous experience. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will initially be made for 2 years.  


As a postdoc, you will join the NanoSpin research group at Aalto University ( The group focuses on cutting-edge research on electric-field controlled magnetism, magnonics, and magneto-plasmonics in hybrid nanoscale structures. The NanoSpin laboratory is equipped with instrumentation for nanomaterial fabrication and advanced electronic, magnetic and magneto-optical characterization. Besides, you will have full access to the OtaNano research infrastructure for nano- and microtechnologies, comprising advanced equipment for nanofabrication and microscopy ( As a postdoc in the NanoSpin group, you will be part of a vibrant and multidisciplinary research community. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and involves national and international collaborations.

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 400 professors. It is the largest university in Finland focusing on education, research and technology, science, business, and arts. The NanoSpin group is located on the Otaniemi campus in Espoo (10 km from the city centre of Helsinki), one of the largest high-tech hubs in Northern Europe.


Candidates should send the following documents (all in English) as a single pdf-file.

  • Application
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Highest degree certificate
  • Contact information of three references 

Apply through the link “apply now! at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken (see contact information below). 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.


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Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken


Phone: +358-503160969

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