Doctoral Researcher (Engineering and Natural Sciences), 6 positions (# of pos: 6)

Updated: about 1 year ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

Graduates from the Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences  within the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences  have great potential to achieve scientific and technological breakthroughs based on their in-depth knowledge and strong research skills.

The strategic profile of the programme consists of three research themes based on a profound knowledge of mathematical and natural sciences: 1) light-based technologies / photonics, 2) bioengineering and circular economics, 3) computational science. The goal of our research is to find solutions to current societal challenges related to, for example, sustainable development, energy and the environment. The research themes are connected to major subjects in biotechnology, energy technology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and environmental engineering.

Job description

We have fully funded four-year Doctoral Researcher positions open to candidates interested in the three research themes of the Doctoral Programme. We are also open to your own ideas that supplement the research theme for which you are applying.

1) Light-based Technologies / Photonics

Light-based technologies play a major role in all aspects of the human endeavor. Our synergistic activities in this area cover the whole chain from fundamental to applied research and the transfer of research results to industry. We conduct leading-edge research on nanostructured materials with tailorable optical properties, on the development of new types of light sources, and on the advanced manipulation of light. Our research results allow us to address scientific and societal challenges where photonics technology is central. These application areas include integrated and wave-guided photonics, the harvesting of solar energy, the monitoring of industrial and environmental processes, as well as biomedical tools.

Examples of research topics in Light-Based Technologies / Photonics:

  • Integrated optics/photonics
  • Light-induced effects and photo-activated processes
  • New materials for photonics
  • New sources of light
  • Plasmonics, metamaterials and photonic structures
  • Spectroscopy, sensing and imaging
  • Ultrafast and nonlinear optics

2) Bioengineering and Circular Economics

Our research in bioengineering and circular economy aims to provide solutions to some of the great challenges of humanity, such as climate change and other environmental issues, sustainable production, and the use of materials and energy. We conduct multidisciplinary research applying the natural sciences to produce scientific and technological solutions to these great challenges. Our high-level scientific and applied research focuses on aerosol science and technology, environmental technology, energy and biorefining, synthetic biology, as well as sustainable nanomaterials. We pursue active collaborations with forerunners in industry and the public sector.

Examples of research topics in Bioengineering and Circular Economy:

  • Air pollutant emissions, air quality, and the atmosphere: measuring the impact of circular and bio-economy
  • Bioelectrochemical systems
  • Biological metal recovery
  • Novel aerosol measurement technologies for measuring emissions and air quality
  • Novel processes and products from waste-based biorefineries
  • Programming cells with light
  • Sustainable functional nanomaterials
  • Valorisation of biomass-derived molecules

3) Computational Science

Computational Science is one of the cornerstones of modern scientific research and is used everywhere: in mobile phones, cars, health care, transport logistics, and weather forecasts. Modelling and simulations have an increasing role in fundamental sciences, and they are pivotal in the analysis, interpretation and exploitation of Big Data in multidisciplinary challenges.

We focus on mathematical and physical modelling, numerical simulations of materials and nanosystems, inverse problems, optimization, and advanced data analysis with logic methods and machine learning. The application areas are diverse, ranging from quantum devices to economics and health diagnostics.

Examples of research topics in Computational Science:

  • Big Data mining, logic, analysis, and modelling for multidisciplinary problems
  • Computational bioprocesses, neuroscience and health diagnostics
  • Inverse problems in remote sensing
  • Material physics and chemistry
  • Mathematical theory and computational methods of control and optimization
  • Nonlinear systems and chaos
  • Quantum simulations for nanoscale systems


You need to have a Master’s degree and fulfill the eligibility requirements for the Doctoral Programme  (see How to apply > Eligibility criteria).

The successful applicants are highly motivated and ambitious students. Proficiency to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, as well as good cooperation abilities will be emphasized.

Candidates are selected based on the level of promise that they show, and this will be evaluated on the basis of their study and research plans, their previous success in studies and merits in writing their thesis and / or scientific publishing.

We offer

We are offering the successful candidates fully funded four-year positions as Doctoral Researchers, commencing in January 2020. We offer you high-quality supervision and the freedom to develop your ideas in a supportive and inspirational research environment. We are proud to note that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record of successfully completing their doctoral degrees. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2—4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2350—2450 EUR/month. 

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University .

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. Interdisciplinarity is highly encouraged, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. The university has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. Through rigorous research within your field, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on science, the advancement of technology, and economic and societal change. Doctoral studies provide an excellent theoretical and technical foundation upon which you can build your future career at the highest national and international levels.

Tampere is one of the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries and offers a dynamic living environment. Tampere region is one of the three most rapidly growing urban areas in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. For more information on Tampere and Finland, please visit:

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019 (23:59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Please attach only the following documents to your application: 

  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template   and including a list of publications and the contact details of two referees.
  • Copy of your MSc+BSc degree certificates including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement

For more information, please contact:

  • Light-Based Technologies / Photonics
    Professor Juha Toivonen, tel. +358 40 849 0490, email:
  • Bioengineering and Circular Economics
    Professor Jukka Rintala, tel. +358 40 506 2425, email:
    Professor Jyrki Mäkelä, tel. +358 40 198 1018, email:
  • Computational Science
    Professor Esa Räsänen, tel +358 50 301 3386, email:
  • If you have any queries regarding the submission of your application, please contact HR Partner Miia Haikonen, email

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