Materiaalifysiikan osaston tieteellinen kompetenssi perustuu sisäiseen toimintaan sekä suurten kansainvälisten tutkimuslaitosten, kuten ESRF, CERN ja ITER laitteistojen hyväksikäyttöön. Tutkimuksemme, jota kokeellisen ja laskennallisen materiaalifysiikan tutkijat tekevät kattaa erittäin laajan kirjon aina nanorakenteista biomateriaaleihin asti. Osaston laboratoriot ovat:

Haettavat kesätyöpaikat / Open positions:

(Huomaa, että listaa täydennetään vielä. Note that the list is still incomplete.)

  1. Laboratory of Electronic Structure

    Laboratory of Electronic Structure studies a variety of molecules, nanostructures and condensed matter systems using experimental and computational methods. X-ray scattering and spectroscopy yields precise information on the electronic properties of materials, giving insight, for example, into the basic operation of solar cells and batteries.

    The laboratory offers summer work in computational and experimental projects. The experimental work is done both at local facilities and at international synchrotron laboratories, such as ESRF in Grenoble, France. Part of an experimental internship can be done at ESRF.

    As prerequisites, we expect you to have taken the Solid state physics I and Quantum mechanics I courses, or corresponding other studies of quantum chemistry or theoretical physics. The computer and programming skills are beneficial for computational studies. Other useful skills are the ability to use Matlab, Octave or similar software especially in experimental work.

    Visit the web page of our research group.

    The laboratory offers summer work in computational and experimental topics depending on the project availability.

    Contact persons:

    Mikko Hakala,
    tel. 02 941 50625

    Simo Huotari
    tel. 02 941 50638

  2. Summer student positions in computational materials- and nanophysics

    The Materials physics simulation groups at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki have openings for 3-4 summer student positions in the field of Atom-level classical molecular dynamics, kinetic Monte Carlo and/or quantum mechanical modelling of radiation-matter interactions. The work is to be done in the large (more than 30 members) and very active (more than 40 international refereed publications annually) closely collaborating materials physics simulations groups of Prof. Kai Nordlund, Docents Antti Kuronen ( and Flyura Djurabekova ( In addition to carrying out active independent research, the groups have a broad range of international contacts with leading ion beam, fusion research, and accelerator technology groups around the world, including the Big Science research activities at CERN, ITER and FAIR.

    The positions are intended primarily for undergraduate students of the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki, who have an interesting in continuing research in materials physics at least to the MSc and possibly the PhD level.

    The applicants should have a good track record of efficient studies in physics. Experience in programming or atomistic simulations is considered a plus.

    If interested, apply via the Department of Physics summer student application system. Include a brief statement of research interests, a CV, and an excerpt from the study rolls. Questions can be directed to Prof. Kai Nordlund, kai.nordlund[a]

  3. Biological physics

    The Biological Physics group (about 35 members) at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki has openings for 3-4 summer student positions. The research done in the team will be based on computer simulations and theory associated with molecular biophysics. The main topics explored in the group focus on understanding how membrane proteins and receptors are modulated by lipids, and how the given cellular signaling is related to emergence of diseases such as cancer and neurological diseases. Lipids and their interplay with proteins, carbohydrates, and DNA is also key to unlock a variety of issues with other diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thus these phenomena are also strongly present in the group's project portfolio. The simulations done to shed light on these issues combine a variety of approaches starting from quantum-mechanical calculations bridged to classical atomistic simulations and coarse-grained molecular-level considerations. All large-scale projects are coupled to collaborations with experiments in e.g. cell biology, pharmacology, and structural biology.

    The group is a member of the Center of Excellence in Biomembrane Research (Academy of Finland) and hosts a number of major grants such as the ERC Advanced Grant (European Research Council). The group publishes annually > 50 articles in leading journals of the field. The work is coupled to the work done in the Helsinki Life Science Center, and the group collaborates with > 30 experimental teams world wide.

    The group started its function in Univ Helsinki in Jan 2016. Some work is still being completed in the previous host (Tampere Univ Tech) but the summer worker posts will be located at Univ Helsinki (Kumpula).

    The positions are intended primarily for undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki, who wish to continue their studies to the MSc and possibly the PhD levels. Students from other universities such as Aalto University are also encouraged to apply. The choice of the summer workers will be based on excellence/skills and motivation. Experience in programming and/or simulations (either on previous courses or in practical work) is considered an asset.

    Those interested are requested to apply via the Department of Physics summer student application system. Include a brief statement of research interests and motivation, CV, and an excerpt from the study rolls. Questions can be directed to Prof. Ilpo Vattulainen (ilpo.vattulainen,[a] For further information of the team, please see the web links and

Hakuohjeet/How to apply:

Pyydämme tehtävästä kiinnostuneita opiskelijoita täyttämään e-lomakkeen (e-blanketten pä svenska). Hakuaika päättyy 26.2.2016.

Hakemusten perusteella osa hakijoista kutsutaan helmikuussa haastatteluun. Valintapäätöksistä ilmoitetaan 31.3.2016 mennessä.

Those interested in the positions are asked to fill the e-form. Deadline for the applications is 26.2.2016.

Based on the applications, some of the applicants will be invited to an interview in February. Filling of the positions will announced by 31.3.2016.