Doctoral Researcher (Engineering Sciences), 4 positions (# of pos: 4)

Updated: 10 months 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.

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences  within the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences  has strong industrial relevance. Our graduates have the ability to refine industrial challenges into scientific research questions and apply scientific methods to create new knowledge. Upon completion of the Doctor of Science in Technology degree, our doctoral graduates will have the expertise to pursue challenging careers in the field of engineering sciences. The doctoral programme covers the following research fields: 1) Automation Science and Engineering, 2) Mechanical and Production Engineering, 3) Materials Science and Engineering. The programme is closely focused on technology and offers doctoral students access to state-of-the-art research environments.

The doctoral programme provides students with excellent subject knowledge and scientific and communication skills. Our doctoral graduates possess the competencies to effectively collaborate with industrial or academic experts and communities. Our graduates are able to critically evaluate and analyse data to answer research questions, communicate their results, and generate new knowledge. They have the ability to apply their skills and expertise and therefore enjoy a broad range of career opportunities in both industry and academia.

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) Automation Science and Engineering 

Automation plays a key role in future machines and systems. Today Finland is one of the key players in e.g. Autonomous ships. We are able to see robotic solutions in different types of cases. In heavy machinery like forest and mining machines the manipulation arms are high technology robots. The green values are important and encourage to study and create emission free and energy efficient solutions.

Examples of research topics at Automation Science and Engineering:

  • AI in heavy machinery
  • Autonomy
  • Data analytics
  • Energy and eco-efficiency
  • Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics
  • Intelligent machines and systems
  • Situational awareness

 2) Mechanical and Production Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is widely recognized and continuously developing discipline, which is responding the present and future challenges in industry and society. In Mechanical Engineering our main focus is to develop knowledge and understanding for intelligent machines and manufacturing systems. The application areas are for example in mobile working machines, mining, wind energy, diesel engines, production machines etc. We conduct high level scientific research for machine systems in whole product chain from design to use phase and reuse. Mechanical Engineering is utilizing modern digital tools in design, analysis, manufacturing and life-cycle management and creating also new ones. We strongly cooperate in research with industrial companies.

Examples of research topics at Mechanical and Production Engineering:

  • Additive manufacturing of metal and ceramic materials
  • Advanced mechatronic systems
  • Aircraft systems
  • Collaborative robotics
  • Digitalisation of manufacturing
  • Flying robots
  • Industrial internet
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Product development processes
  • Reliability and availability of machine systems
  • System integrity management
  • Underwater robotics

 3) Materials Science and Engineering

The importance of materials science and engineering has significantly increased as a result of rapid technological development. Modern materials engineering deals with scientific and engineering problems in a wide range of disciplines and studies material properties and behavior from the nanoscale up to macroscopic structures. Materials technology is applied in all industrial branches such as mechanical engineering, metal and energy industry, medical industry as well as nanotechnology. Natural sciences such as physics and chemistry form a fundamental basis for the studies of material structures and behavior, while the engineering sciences deal more with the ultimate performance of materials. Engineering materials science is solving fundamental industrial problems with scientific methods in the research domain with huge industrial, societal and environment impacts and it creates new interdisciplinary innovations.

Examples of research topics at Materials Science and Engineering:

  • Adaptive composites
  • Ageing of polymer hybrid materials
  • Functional nanoceramics by laser processing
  • Mechanical behavior on advanced engineering materials
  • Non-conventional heat treatment of sheet metals
  • Roll-to-roll intelligent food packaging materials
  • Thermally and kinetically sprayed protective coatings
  • Tribological phenomena in machine elements
  • Utilization of electron microscopy in advanced material development
  • Wear phenomena in arctic mining


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 the doctoral 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:

1) Automation Science and Engineering: Prof. Matti Vilkko, email

2) Mechanical and Production Engineering: Prof. Matti Vilkko, email

3) Materials Science and Engineering: Prof. Erkki Levänen, email

The Head of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences:
Vice Dean for Research, Professor Minnamari Vippola, email:

If you have any queries regarding the submission of your application, please contact HR Partner Miia Haikonen, email

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