Doctoral Candidate Position in the field of Nuclear Materials Science
Aalto University

Doctoral Candidate Position in the field of Nuclear Materials Science

Finland 15 Mar 2021


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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.  

The Department of Applied Physics is now inviting applications for a

Doctoral Candidate (PhD Student) Position in the field of Nuclear Materials Science

The Nuclear Materials and Engineering group at Aalto University employs computational methods to study radiation induced processes and damage formation in materials, including effects ranging from electron excitations to large scale collision cascades involving millions of atoms. We are now looking for a bright and motivated student to strengthen our team. You would be joining a young and dynamic group pursuing a range of research topics with extensive international collaboration. In this position, you will have a chance to make an impact on the development of materials for future nuclear reactors, and contribute to the increased understanding of the fundamental processes involved when energetic particles interact with condensed matter. We utilize extensive computational resources for advanced calculations at the forefront of our field.

Your role and goals

Your main tasks will involve performing and analysing multiscale simulations of radiation damage in a range of materials, using the supercomputing resources available to the group. The objective of the PhD project is to assess the effects of electronic energy losses on the primary damage formed under neutron and ion irradiation. Depending on your background and interests, you will also have the possibility to participate in method and code development. You will work independently, but with the close support and supervision of the group leader Prof. Andrea Sand. This position will allow you to deepen your knowledge of materials science and nuclear applications, to further develop skills in computing and programming, as well as in scientific writing and presenting, and  to grow into an independent researcher. To be successful in this position, proficiency in the following areas would be beneficial:

Applications are especially encouraged from women and other minority groups. An excellent study record in physics or a related field is expected.

What we offer

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is approximately 2500 €/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application including the attachments mentioned below as one single PDF document in English through the link ’Apply now’ link at the bottom of the web page. 

-   Letter of motivation
-   CV including list of publications
-   Degree certificates and academic transcripts
-   Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available) 

For additional information, kindly contact Prof. Andrea Sand at

The deadline for applications is the 15th of March, 2021. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. 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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