Faculty of Science, Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit

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We are now looking for

Postdoctoral researcher in non-equilibrium theory of superconducting quantum device arrays

to join us in Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit at the Faculty of Science.

About the job

The postdoctoral researcher position is in the recently funded Academy of Finland research project “Non-equilibrium many-body phenomena in arrays of superconducting quantum devices” 2023-2027 led by Research Fellow Matti Silveri.

We are looking for a talented research-oriented person interested in theoretical and computational research on non-equilibrium quantum matter physics, such as dynamical quantum phase transitions and sub/superradiance, in arrays of transmon and fluxonium devices. The research focus of the postdoctoral researcher will be in the focal point of non-equilibrium phenomena, condensed matter physics, open quantum systems, quantum devices and quantum information.

The postdoctoral researcher will carry out research work within a research team, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, take part in funding acquisition, contribute in teaching (max 5 % of the total yearly working hours) and supervision. In addition, the postdoctoral research may participate in administrative tasks of the research unit.

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Who are you?

The position is to be filled by a highly motivated applicant. Successful candidate must have obtained doctorate degree in physics or in a closely related field within the last 10 years but latest by the start of the work contract.

In addition, we appreciate

  • demonstrated strong research background

  • strong fundamental knowledge in non-equilibrium phenomena, condensed matter physics, open quantum systems, quantum devices, quantum information, or superconducting quantum circuits

  • good record of scientific publishing

  • readiness for working closely with experimentalists and other theorists

  • experience in international collaboration

  • skills in team working and communication

  • experience in university teaching and supervision

The position requires spoken and written fluency in English.


The position is fixed-term for 3 years with a start date no later than January 1, 2024.

The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 3600-4200 € per month (before taxes).

A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 30.9.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following in the pdf file format:

  1. Motivation letter (max. 2 pages), where the following information is clearly provided
    • Research interests
    • Professional experience, expertise, and skills
  2. CV, following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  4. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.
  5. Contact details of 2 persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages, different genders and members of different language, cultural or minority groups.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact

PhD Matti Silveri
Research Fellow
Principal investigator of the project on non-equilibrium many-body phenomena in arrays of superconducting quantum devices
email: matti.silveri@oulu.fi

Professor Marko Huttula
Head of Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit
email: marko.huttula@oulu.fi


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/343
Published 17.Aug.2023
Last application date 30.Sep.2023

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