University of Jyväskylä

Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical and Computational Nanophysics

2024-08-11 (Europe/Helsinki)
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The department of Physics is seeking two Doctoral Researchers for the project ''Efficient quantum materials simulations'' (EffQSim), funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation and supervised by Senior Lecturer Riku Tuovinen in the research group Non-equilibrium quantum materials at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The positions will start on the 1st September 2024, or as agreed, for a fixed term of 4 years.

The EffQSim project's main goal is to establish a unified, efficient, and accurate computational framework to explore next-generation quantum materials. Recent experimental advances have spurred demand for computational studies of materials with atomic-scale and femtosecond resolution. Addressing the complex interactions of electrons and bosons, the project develops tools for quantum materials simulations to tackle problems like energy transfer and heat dissipation. This is achieved via the non-equilibrium Green's function theory for simulating many-body dynamics, overcoming its computational challenges with modern, linear-scaling algorithms. This method will map electrical properties of two-dimensional materials and model light-matter interaction in nanojunctions, extending both the understanding and methodology of quantum materials research. The project offers possibilities for international collaborations in Poland and Spain.

Who we are looking for

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work as a part of a research team
  • Develop skills in non-equilibrium many-body theory and computational methods, and apply them to investigations of scanning-probe schemes for two-dimensional materials or radiation in nanojunctions
  • Present research in international conferences and project meetings and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
  • As a Doctoral Student pursue your doctoral studies at the University of Jyväskylä
  • Write a PhD thesis and defend it successfully within the term of the employment


  • A Master's degree in physics and a thesis written on a theoretical/computational topic.
  • Good basis in quantum mechanics, statistical physics, and computational methods. Previous experience in non-equilibrium many-body theory is considered as bonus.
  • A high proficiency in spoken and written English.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The MSc degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position. Doctoral Researcher needs to be also enrolled in the doctoral programme which can be applied from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science after selection for the position. The employment starts with a trial period of six months.


At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The City of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä, and living in Finland, see the University's Handbook for international staff and visitors.

The annual salary for a Doctoral Researcher will be approximately 28,000 EUR (gross income, including a holiday bonus). With progress of the thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Universities.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters.
  2. Cover letter including a statement of research interests.
  3. Relevant certificates/diplomas

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by August 11th, 2024.

For further details, please contact Senior Lecturer Riku Tuovinen,

Department of Physics

The primary areas of research at the Department of Physics are materials physics, nuclear physics and particle physics. In materials physics, the core research fields are the physics of nanomaterials and thin films, quantum matter and quantum technologies, light-matter interaction and physics and chemistry of nanoparticles. Nuclear physics concentrates on nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure and applied accelerator-based research, and particle physics on the physics of the strong interaction and ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions, particle cosmology and neutrino physics. The department hosts an Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in Quark Matter. Experimental research at the Department is conducted in the Accelerator Laboratory, the multidisciplinary Nanoscience Center (NSC) and in foreign research centers such as CERN and FAIR.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and well-being for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

Location: Seminaarinkatu 15

The application form cannot be saved as draft. However, you have 6 hours to complete your application before the timeout. After submitting you can return to edit your application via the link you receive by email. The application can be edited until the application deadline.

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Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical and Computational Nanophysics
Seminaarinkatu 15 Jyväskylä, Suomi
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2024-08-11 22:59 (CET)
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