Doctoral Researcher (Computational electromagnetics)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Dec 2021

This is a call for a Ph.D. student. For a postdoctoral researcher position, please see .

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.

The research group of Electromechanics at the unit of Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University focuses on numerical electromagnetics and magnetic materials. We work at the interface of electromagnetic theory, computational science, physics of magnetic materials and electrical engineering applications of practical importance. Our vision is to integrate advanced electromagnetic modeling tools together with practical design of electromagnetic energy conversion devices, such as electrical machines, transformers, inductors and energy harvesters.

We will be taking part in an Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence (CoE) on “High-Speed Electromechanical Energy Conversion Systems” starting in 2022. The CoE aims at the development of next generation high-speed electrical machines for energy conversion and transport applications. Our part is related to the development of numerical modeling techniques for the high-frequency behavior of electrical machine windings. We are also running a 5-year European Research Council funded project “Multiscale Magnetic Models for Emerging Energy Conversion Applications” related to the development of electromagnetic modeling tools for passive magnetic components used in power electronics applications.


We are now looking for a Ph.D. student for working with electromagnetic modeling of windings and passive magnetic components at high frequencies. The work comprises of development of new finite element (FE) modeling techniques based on domain decomposition and model order reduction and is expected to be carried out by programming new FE solvers or using suitable open-source tools (such as MFEM, GetDP or Sparselizard). Commercial FE software may be used for validation purposes, but not as the main research tool. Both magneto-quasistatic modeling and full-wave modeling will be considered. See the following articles as examples of our earlier research in the field:

Participation to teaching at the Unit of Electrical Engineering is possible. The job requires occasional traveling to international conferences to disseminate the research results. International research visits to other universities or research institutes are also possible.


Successful candidates hold an M.Sc. in electrical engineering, electromagnetics or applied mathematics, and are familiar with electrical machines or magnetic components. They possess the relevant theoretical skills and some experience in developing FE tools or using open-source software for numerical analysis. In addition, experience on some of the following topics is appreciated:

  • Domain decomposition and model order reduction techniques
  • Modern mathematics (e.g. differential forms) in modeling
  • High-performance computing and scalable parallelization of FE models
  • Electrical machine design and experimental work related to electrical machines or magnetic components

The position also requires:

  • Good English language skills
  • Ability to conduct systematic scientific research
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate clearly in a multidisciplinary and international environment


The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of maximum 2.5 – 4 years. The starting date will be mutually agreed. A trial period of six 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 Finnish University Salary System. A typical starting salary for a Doctoral Researcher is 2500 EUR per month. The salary increases based on experience.

Tampere University  offers many benefits to its employees, e.g. occupational health services, flexible working hours, high-quality sport services and affordable lunch opportunities on campus.

International HR services offer their help with e.g. official issues in settling in Finland and Tampere. 

Tampere region is one of the fastest growing city areas in Finland. Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and a traditional centre of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech expertise and extensive knowhow in various fields. Tampere is also the most popular city in Finland for higher education studies


Please submit your application through our online recruitment system.
The closing date for applications is 31.12.2021 (at 23.59 EET, GMT+2 ). Applications and all accompanying documentation must be in English.

The following documents should accompany your application:

  • a CV (with a list of publications, if applicable)
  • a free-form application letter including names of two referees (max. 1 page)
  • degree certificates
  • other relevant documents that support your application (e.g. M.Sc. thesis, the most relevant publications regarding the call (max. 2), examples of numerical models you have developed, etc.)

For questions and more information, please contact:

Associate Professor Paavo Rasilo, paavo.rasilo (at), +358 40 849 0409

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