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Postdoctoral Researcher in Small Satellite Technology
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Date Posted Jun. 26, 2018
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Small Satellite Technology
University Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
Department Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
Application Deadline Aug. 31, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Helsinki
  • Post-Doc
  • Geomatics
    Electrical and/or Electronics

Aalto University is the forerunner in Finland in the 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. Currently Aalto is building next satellite missions in the framework of 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.

We are looking for a resourceful and talented doctoral graduate to join the space technology development team to develop CubeSat platforms with increased reliability and radiation tolerance. This position gives you an opportunity to work with small satellite platform development, small satellite communication and microwave remote sensing instrumentation. The position provides also an opportunity to closely collaborate with Finnish Centers 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 in the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering. 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
 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 autumn 2018.

Please apply online 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 July 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, e-mails:

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4 000, of which 400 are professors.

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in systems science; we develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics. The School is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.

Aalto School of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering are located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistent ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland in the Aalto University Welcome pages:

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Contact Information

  • Professor Jaan Praks
    Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
    Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
    Maarintie 8, Espoo


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