The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Physics is responsible for high-end research into physics and astronomy on an international level, and academic education in physics based on that research. The focus area of the research are material physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. The department possesses nationally outstanding research equipment and close contacts with the top projects around the world.
With an annual budget of 12 Million Euros, some 200 person-years of work are completed at the department every year. The department has 20 tenured professors and 3 tenure-track assistant/associate professors. For more details, please see

The Department of Physics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a
The position will be based in the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics. The aim of the position is to utilize and further develop the methods for modification and characterization of materials by using the ion beam facilities available at the Accelerator Laboratory.

The Laboratory infrastructure provides excellent opportunities for further outstanding research in experimental materials physics and nanoscience. The facilities include a recently upgraded 5 MV tandem accelerator, a 500 kV accelerator/ion implanter, two slow positron beams, and a gas condensation nanocluster deposition setup. Associated analysis methods include PIXE, ERDA, RBS, AMS, PALS and DBS. Sample preparation chambers are available for, e.g., e-beam evaporation and sputtering. Experiments can be performed at cryogenic temperatures down to the mK regime. Further in-house characterization capabilities include SIMS, AFM, and XPS.

Extensive experimental and computational activities at the Faculty of Science offer interesting collaboration possibilities for the position. The experimental activities include physics of positron annihilation, X-ray spectroscopy, electronics, atomic layer deposition, isotope chronology, and cyclotron-based radionuclide production. The computational activities include simulations of broad range of materials including radiation physics and biophysics effects. The Department of Physics also has very strong ties with international large-scale big science facilities such as CERN, ITER/EUROFusion, GSI/FAIR, ESRF, and ESS.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have a background in the research based on application of ion beams for modification or analysis of materials on an internationally high level. Experience in using complementary materials characterization and modification techniques is considered a merit. The candidate must also have a strong network of international collaboration. The academic portfolio should include a research statement of how the applicant plans to use and develop the ion beam facilities and utilize the local and international collaboration opportunities.

In addition, the appointee must make use of national and international research funding opportunities, participate in doctoral education at the Department, and promote the interaction between science and society. The teaching area of the position is physics. The person to be chosen for the position is expected to develop the teaching within the physics curriculum, especially in the areas of experimental and materials physics and nanoscience

The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.

A professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications and experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and have demonstrated ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, other teaching merits, and, if deemed necessary, teaching skills as demonstrated in a lecture as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant’s activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and elected positions in international organisations.

Annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor amounts to 50,000 - 68,500 euros and for full professor to 64,000 - 96,000 euros.

Applications must have the following enclosures as a one single pdf file (in English):
1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at, containing a summary of supervision duties of master’s and doctoral theses and a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop her/his field and its teaching;
2) a list of those publications and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the application period. The publications shall be submitted the University of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.

More information: Professor Filip Tuomisto, filip.tuomisto(at)

Due date

31.10.2020 23:59 EET