Postdoctoral researcher in very-low field magnetic resonance imaging

Updated: about 2 months ago

We are looking for an expert in magnetic resonance imaging to work as a postdoctoral researcher in Electromagnetics in health technologies group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.

Project description and main responsibilities

We are setting up a research environment for very low field magnetic resonance imaging (VLF-MRI). The research environment will encompass computational modelling and experimental tools as well as methods for human centred design studies. The information and tools produced in this project can be used for the research and development of new products and services for diagnostics, preventive medicine, and wellness. Our first VLF-MRI system consists of a ~20 mT magnet for whole-body imaging, allowing flexible control of imaging parameters, permitting studies of the features and capabilities of VLF-MRI.

The postdoc will be responsible for the development of new imaging sequences and image reconstruction methods for VLF-MRI. The goal is to build a proof-of-a concept VLF MRI demonstrator that will be tested and evaluated as realistically as possible in laboratory and hospital environments. Another goal is to publish the results in high-valued international forums.


The candidate must have a doctoral degree in physics, electrical engineering or a related discipline. The candidate should have strong experience in MRI instrumentation and thorough understanding of MRI physics. We expect that the candidate has strong programming skills, an excellent publication record, working knowledge of English, and the ability to work alone and as a part of a team.

What we offer

Aalto University has excellent infrastructure for imaging research, including both high-field and low-field MRI systems as well as facilities for MEG, EEG, and TMS.

The postdoctoral fellowship includes possibilities to work with researchers from human-centred design and medical fields, to participate in the instruction of younger students, communication of research beyond scientific articles, and applying external funding.

Salary will be determined upon competence and experience of the applicant following the salary system of Finnish universities. The contract includes occupational health benefits.

Ready to apply

Please submit your application latest on March 31, 2022 through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now" link. Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV and publication list
  • Abstract of your Doctoral thesis
  • Copy of your PhD diploma
  • Recommendation letter(s)

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (in the order listed above).

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position or us, please contact Assistant Professor Ilkka Laakso, Ilkka.laakso(at) In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Camilla Hanganpää, camilla.hanganpaa(at) Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period.

About Aalto University, Helsinki and Finnish society

The School of Electrical Engineering promotes high-quality science, technology and innovations for the benefit of the Finnish society and all of humankind. In our research environment, the natural sciences, engineering and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and promote well-being. With our research, we seek to respond to many challenges posed by sustainable development and the results are applied, for example, in mobile devices, electrical networks, health care and in satellites. School’s special strength is linking the research with the Finnish and international business sector. We have around 2000 students in total, and around 250 master’s and 50 doctoral degrees annually. Our personnel consist of 700 people with over 70 professors.

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of electrical engineering. As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

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