Doctoral/PhD Students for Faculty of Engineering Sciences (6 positions)

PhD Student

January 1, 2018

Job description

We are looking for highly qualified and motivated researchers as new members for our research groups at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. At this time, our Faculty is looking for six Doctoral Students (PhD thesis work). The Faculty of Engineering Sciences is strongly contributing to the ongoing societal changes by enabling the success of industry through our efficient research and result dissemination activities. Long-term vision, strong interdisciplinary nature of the research, and industry-relevant research topics are cornerstones for the deep partnerships with a large number of companies globally. Through rigorous research within your field, you have the opportunity to participate in these changes and at the same time build your future career at the highest national and international level. We are inviting you to be a part of vibrant, active and truly international research community. At TUT, Interdisciplinarity is highly encouraged. Interdiciplinarity is helping you to build your research network, expose to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and to create novel research findings. We will be encouraging you to seek research collaboration within TUT as well as national and international level. The research environment enables researchers to achieve even their most ambitious scientific goals and the infrastructures are continuously developed. 

You can apply in three strategic themes of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. We are open to your own ideas as well, that are supplementing each of the research themes. 

1) Engineering Materials Science 

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. Three research areas under this theme are: 1.1 Materials Research (Fundamentals), 1.2 Advanced Materials Processing and 1.3 Materials performance. 

Examples of research topics at Engineering Materials Science: 

  • Utilization of electron microscopy in advanced material development 
  • Mechanical behavior on advanced engineering materials
  • Functional ceramics surfaces by 3D printing
  • Thermally and kinetically sprayed protective coatings
  • Roll-to-roll intelligent food packaging materials
  • Non-conventional heat treatment of sheet metals
  • Ageing of polymer hybrid materials
  • Adaptive composites
  • Modeling of tribological phenomena in machine elements
  • Wear phenomena in arctic mining 

2) Mechanical Engineering Science 

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. Three research areas under the theme are: 2.1 Design and development, 2.2 Manufacturing and automation and 2.3 Life-cycle management. The intersectional research area is Engineering intelligence. 

Examples of research topics at Mechanical Engineering: 

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

3) Automation and hydraulic engineering 

Automation plays a key role in future machines and systems. The sliding autonomy is under research and it will be part of everyday life in future. 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. Three research areas under the theme are: 3.1 Automation and Systems Theory, 3.2 Innovative Hydraulic Automation and 3.3 Robotics and Automation. 

Examples of research topics at System Engineering: 

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


The call for 4 years position is open to applicants who fulfill following criteria:

  • The successful candidates must be eligible for studies leading to a scientific or artistic doctoral degree as set forth in the Universities Act (558/2009 37§). The prerequisite degree must be completed by 31 December 2017. 
  • The candidate must have demonstrated, during his or her studies towards the higher university degree or otherwise, the competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies in the field and complete a doctoral degree. 

For more information about the doctoral programme and admissions, please go to:

We offer

We are offering the successful candidates a fully funded four year Doctoral Student position. We offer you high-quality supervision with freedom and encouragement to develop your ideas in a supportive, inspiring environment. We are proud that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record for successful completion of their PhD degrees.


The salary will be based both on the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral student is placed on the job demand levels 1-4. In addition, employees receive performance-based salary. The starting salary for doctoral students on the University's payroll is approximately €2,300 per month.

Trial Period

Trial period of 4 months applies for all new employees


The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period for four years from 1 January 2018 onwards or as soon afterwards as possible. During this time, Doctoral students will undertake full-time study towards a doctoral degree and they participate also in teaching duties in their own fields as part of their doctoral education. All Doctoral Students are integrated to different research groups in the faculty.

For more information, please contact

  1. Vice Dean for Research Minnamari Vippola, email minnamari.vippola(at)
  2. ‍If you have questions concerning the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Päivi Peltonen, email paivi.peltonen (at) 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through TUT’s online application system. The closing date for applications is 2 October 2017 (24.00 EEST/21.00 UTC). Applications must include the following attachments written in English and preferably be in PDF format: 

  1. Letter of motivation with a description of your research interests, max 1-2 pages 
  2. Full curriculum vitae listing all your relevant experiences (please visit our website for a CV template )
  3. Copy of your MSc and BSc Degree Certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) 
  4. Certificate of language proficiency (if your native language is other than Finnish or English), or other demonstration of your language skills Additional information on attachments to applications.


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