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Doctoral Researcher in Aerosol Physics

The universities of Helsinki and Tampere, together with the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and participating companies, run a joint DSII Scale-up Pilot project, which offers positions for doctoral researchers working in close cooperation with industry.

Of the eight researchers who will be selected for the program, half will be located at the University of Helsinki and half at Tampere University, but both universities participate in the guidance of selected doctoral students. This enables a unique opportunity for diverse and complementary research from theory to applications in a highly motivated, cross-disciplinary environment, while focusing on research questions that are directly relevant to industry and business.

The partner company for this position is Airmodus. It develops and manufactures nanoparticle measurement devices both for scientific and industrial applications and environmental monitoring..

The employer for this position is University of Helsinki.

Job description

The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in the field of aerosol science and aerosol physics. The goals are:

1) physics (especially aerosol physics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics),

2) programming and data analysis (Python or C as preferred programming language),

3) technical skills in working with scientific instrumentation and electronics.

As a doctoral researcher you will conduct research and contribute to the development of new methods and instrumentation for nanoparticle measurements. You will conduct calibration and validation measurements both in the laboratory and at field stations and perform data analysis. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.


At the universities, the work will be supervised by professors Katrianne Lehtipalo (University of Helsinki), Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki) and Topi Rönkkö (Tampere University). You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives.

The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.


You need to have an applicable master’s degree in atmospheric science, physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related discipline in science. As a DSII researcher, you should be interested in innovation and collaboration with industry to solve meaningful real-life problems.

Therefore, you need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community.

A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required.

How to apply & more info

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in fall 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the University of Helsinki.


For further information, please contact:

Prof. Katrianne Lehtipalo, katrianne.lehtipalo(at)

Prof. Markku Kulmala,
Prof. Topi Rönkkö,

If you have questions related to the recruitment system, please contact Head of HR Hanna Nurmela,

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