Doctoral candidates in Bionanotechnology

Aalto University - Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Molecular Nanoengineering group in the Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University (Finland), invites applications for new doctoral candidates.

The chosen candidates will carry out experimental interdisciplinary research on DNA nanotechnology, molecular self-assembly and nanoplasmonics in a multidisciplinary and international environment with excellent instrumentation and facilities.

Information about the research group
The Molecular Nanoengineering group is a new research group at the Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering Department, Aalto University School of Science. The group will operate at the interface between nanoscience, molecular self-assembly, DNA nanotechnology and nanoplasmonics with particular focus on DNA-based artificial molecular systems with functionalities tailored for biosensing, nanoplasmonics and biomimetics.

For examples of previous research work by the Prof. Kuzyk see: 

Nature Communications 7 (2016) 10591
Nature Materials 13 (2014) 862
Nature 483 (2012) 311

For the full list of publication see

Position summary
Starting salary is approximately 2400€/month and will increase over time according to the salary system of Aalto University. The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years. The contract is initially made for one year, followed by a three-year extension. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare. The position is located at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus.

Major responsibilities
The task of the Ph.D. student is to participate in the research and guide other students allocated to the project. The Ph.D. student is also expected to write high-quality scientific publications on the research results together with other members of the team and present the results at conferences.

An ideal candidate has a solid background education in, for example, applied physics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, bionanotechnology or biophysics. Previous experience in nanomicroscopy (AFM, TEM, SEM), DNA nanotechnology, biosensing is an advantage.

The position also requires excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

Application procedure
Apply through the link: edit welcome.html?job id=1028&field id=0&place id=101&did=5900&jc=1&lang=en , and include the following items as a single pdf document in English:

  • Curriculum vitae (no size limit)
  • Transcript of records (no size limit)
  • Description of research skills, experience and publications (no size limit)
  • Short statement of interest and motivation (max 1 page)
  • Recommendation letter(s) or names and contact details of your previous supervisors

For more information please visit the group webpage ( nanoengineering/), read guidelines for doctoral admission at Aalto University ( Contact Prof. Anton Kuzyk ( for additional information on the research topics and HR Coordinator Mari Kaarni on the application process (

The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

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