Postdoctoral Researcher in Small Satellite Technology Aalto University Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher in Small Satellite Technology


Aalto University is the forerunner in Finland in area of space science and technology education, research and applications. Aalto University has created and successfully launched first Finnish satellite missions, Aalto-1 and Aalto-2. We have recently obtained several new research grants, including a Finnish Centre of Excellence (2018 – 2025) in Sustainable Space Science and Technology. We are working closely with local space industry on CubeSat platforms, deorbiting technologies and satellite reliability. Therefore, the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering is looking for resourceful and talented doctoral graduate to join the space technology development team to develop CubeSat platforms with increased reliability and radiation tolerance.


The position gives opportunity to work with small satellite platform reliability, remote sensing instrumentation and small satellite constellation analysis. The position provides also an opportunity to closely collaborate with Finnish Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Space and planned missions such as Aalto-3, Foresail-1 and Foresail-2. Active publication on small satellite topics is expected. 


The work is carried out in the research team lead by Professor Jaan Praks. The university provides well-equipped laboratories and test facilities for small satellite development.


•     Proven track record in scientific work and a relevant PhD degree
•     Commitment and active participation on the group's activities on space technology and remote sensing 
•     Guiding of undergraduate and graduate students
•     Writing scientific papers jointly with the other members in the group
•     Hands-on experience with small satellite platform
•     Knowledge of electronics design
•     Experience in space systems testing


The position will be initially filled for 2 years, with a possible extension up to 3 years. Expected starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 3500-3800€/month, depending on experience and qualifications. The contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. We expect the candidate to be able to start in early 2018.


Please apply online through "Apply for this job" link below and include the following attachments:

•     Application letter
•     Curriculum Vitae
•     Course transcripts of Doctoral degree with grades and Certificate of Doctoral degree
•     List of publications with the most significant publications highlighted
•     References with names and contact details

Dealine for applications is January 31, 2018 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


For additional information, please contact Professor Jaan Praks, or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin, e-mails:


Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering is located at the Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. 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. As a living and work environment, Finland consistent ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland:

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