Doctoral Candidate in Experimental Physics of Liquid-Repellent Surfaces

Aalto University



We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral candidate in experimental physics. Your research will focus on dynamic events at solid-liquid interfaces, in particular using liquid-repellent surfaces. The work is related to our results on superhydrophobic surfaces (Science 2019, Science 2016, Nature Communications 2017 ). The position is based in the Soft Matter and Wetting group at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University (Prof. Robin Ras, ).

Your main task is to perform experiments using an advanced measurement setup, make modifications to the setup, analyze results, and to develop new concepts. The project aims to develop improved understanding on the fundamentals of surface wetting with potential for publications in high-impact journals. The project also has an applied edge with potential to secure IPR.


We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a strong background in soft matter physics or in a related field. Thus, the candidate should hold a M.Sc. degree in physics or related field. Experience in cleanroom microfabrication and/or theoretical/modeling work in support of the experiments are considered as assets.

The ability to collaborate and interact with other researchers and research communities is 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 successful candidate is expected to:

  • conduct research on superhydrophobic surfaces, their in-depth advanced characterization, and their application in technologies
  • publish research outcomes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment

The position is immediately available. The doctoral candidate will first be granted a two-year contract, followed by an extension for another two-year period after intermediate evaluation.

The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus. The expected starting salary for a PhD candidate is approx. 2400 €/month and follows the university salary system. The contract includes Aalto University occupational health care.


Please send your application at your earliest convenience by Tuesday 25th June 2019 through the link "Apply now!" at the bottom of the page.

 Application material should be submitted as a single PDF file and include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • CV
  • Diploma certificate
  • Transcript of records
  • Contact details of at least two possible referees

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For further information, please contact Professor Robin Ras (, and in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Mikael Henny (

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