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Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant positions

Aalto University, Finland is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world's top universities. Aalto University's cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and post-graduate students as well as a staff of 5,000 of which 330 are professors.

The Micro- and Nanorobotics Group is looking for talented students who are eager to research and develop novel technologies in micro- and nanorobotics, micro- and nanoassembly, and automation. The tasks are related to semiconductor assembly and packaging. The goal of the candidate is to develop microrobotic tools and handling technology that can operate microscopic chips. The tasks involve theoretical analysis as well as practical implementation and testing. The specific tasks can be adapted to the background/interests of the candidate, and will be closely guided and in cooperation with other researchers of the project. The work is related to several research projects funded by EU, Finnish academy and Industry. The students will have a chance to acquire knowledge and experience in both the scientific aspects of the research topic and direct industrial application of the technology.

Both doctoral students and master’s thesis positions are possible. The work can begin in September - November 2012.

The position requires Basic university mathematics and physics, basic mechatronics. Previous experience in the following fields are beneficial: design of mechanical or mechatronic systems, extended curriculum in science or knowledge of any other science or engineering disciplines, e.g. microfabrication, mechatronics, robotics and automation, modeling and simulation, biology, material science, microelectronics, software engineering, programming skills and/or good hand-on skills.

For application, please email the following documents attached to the email in a single pdf-file (name the file: "lastname_firstname.pdf"):

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • transcripts of records
  • other supporting documents e.g. letters of recommendation

The applications should be sent no later than on Friday, September 14th, 2012 by email to Dr. Quan Zhou (, who also answers to any questions related to the position. The Department of Automation and Systems Technology is situated in Otaniemi campus of Aalto University, TUAS-building, Otaniementie 17, Espoo.