Doctoral/PhD Students for Faculty of Natural Sciences (7 positions)

PhD Student

January 1, 2018

Job description

The doctoral positions are open to candidates interested in the three research themes of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. We are also open to your own ideas that supplement the research theme for which you are applying. 

1) Light-Driven Technologies/Photonics 

Light-driven technologies play a major role in all aspects of the human endeavour. 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, and biomedical tools. 

Examples of research themes in Light-Driven Technologies/Photonics:

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

2) Bio- and Circular Economy 

Our research in bio- 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, and sustainable nanomaterials. We pursue active collaborations with forerunners in industry and the public sector. 

Examples of research themes in Bio- and Circular Economy:

  • Novel processes and products from waste-based biorefineries
  • Novel aerosol measurement technologies for measuring emissions and air quality 
  • Air pollutant emissions, air quality, and the atmosphere: measuring the impact of circular and bio-economy 
  • Sustainable functional nanomaterials 
  • Programming cells with light • Bioelectrochemical systems
  • Biological metal recovery 
  • 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. At TUT, 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 themes in Computational Science:

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


The call to fill these four-year positions is open to candidates who satisfy the following criteria:

  •  Candidates must be eligible for studies leading to a scientific or artistic doctoral degree as set forth in the Finnish Universities Act (558/2009 37§). The prior degree must be completed by 31 December 2017. 
  • Candidates must have demonstrated, during their studies towards the higher university degree or otherwise, the competence and motivation to pursue doctoral studies in the field and complete a doctorate. 
  • All the selected candidates will be enrolled to the doctoral programme of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. 

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

We offer

‍We offer the successful candidates fully funded four-year positions as Doctoral Students. We offer you high-quality supervision and the freedom to develop your ideas in a supportive and inspirational research environment. We are proud that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record of successfully completing their doctoral 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 of four years from 1 January 2018 onwards or as soon as possible after this date. During this time, Doctoral Students will undertake full-time study towards a doctoral degree. Doctoral students are also expected to perform teaching duties in their own fields as part of their doctoral education.

For more information, please contact

  1. Light-Driven Technologies/Photonics Professor Martti Kauranen, tel. +358 40 773 3065,email: 
  2. Bio- and Circular Economy Professor Jukka Rintala, tel. +358 40 506 2425,email: 
  3. Computational Science Professor Esa Räsänen, tel +358 50 301 3386,email: 

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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