Doctoral Researcher (3 positions) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2 positions) in Photonics Research and Innovation

Full Time Tampere Tampere University

We are looking for 3 Doctoral Researchers and 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work on the following themes:

1. Optically active glass-based materials (Doctoral Researcher position)
The aim of the project is to develop new Tm3+ doped glasses and glass-ceramics that can be deposited into films with good quality (thickness control and uniformity, target chemical composition, good adhesion to the substrate, dense film with no pores/cracks/voids and stress free). These active glass-based films could find various applications, solar cell and sensing being the main targets for the PhD study.

Background: We are looking for versatile and independent person with a solid background in glass science and Photonics.

For more information on this position, please contact Prof. Laeticia Petit,

2. All-optically controllable active nonlinear metasurfaces (Doctoral Researcher position)
In this project we investigate how metasurfaces supporting collective responses could be made tunable, for example by using incident light. Such tunability facilitates their use, for example, as all-optical switches, or as other active photonic components that are essentially flat.

Background: The applicant is expected to have basic knowledge of nonlinear optical processes, optics laboratory work experience and some knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Matlab/Python). Knowledge on simulation tools such as Lumerical FDTD or Comsol Multiphysics will be highly valued.

For more information on this position, please contact Dr. Mikko Huttunen,

3. Hydrogel microlasers and optical fibers (Doctoral Researcher position)
This project aims to develop biocompatible hydrogel microlasers and optical fibers as versatile tools for rapid laser-based biomolecular sensing, analysis and localized photothermal therapy. The project involves developing 3D hydrogel printing and fiber extrusion for biocompatible microlasers in addition to materials development.

Background: The applicant is expected to have a basic knowledge of chemistry, optics, and photonics or materials sciences. Experience in working with hydrogels and background in optics will be considered a plus.

For more information on this position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Nonappa Nonappa,, Arri Priimägi,

4. Solar Fuel Cells (Postdoctoral Research Fellow position)
The postdoctoral Researcher position involves responsibilities to fabricate monolithic photoelectrochemical cells, i.e. Solar Fuel Cells, based on various photoabsorber materials (III–V semiconductors, Si-based photovoltaics, plasmon-enhanced TiO2) and state-of-the-art co-catalyst grown by atomic layer deposition for the production of solar fuels such as methanol from H2O and CO2. The objective is to outperform the current benchmark results in respective photovoltaic technologies in terms of efficiency, stability and selectivity.

Background: Candidates should have a PhD in physics, chemistry or materials science and are expected to have an excellent track record in photocatalysis research. Additional experience in synchrotron light based spectroscopies is a strong advantage.

For more information on this position, please contact Prof. Mika Valden,

5. Fast environmental sensing with active hyperspectral LIDAR (Postdoctoral Research Fellow position)
The project will develop multiwavelength lidar solutions for environmental sensing applications of gases and solid targets. We will utilize supercontinuum sources, various spectral dispersion methods, and fast readout electronics to enable recording of significant datasets together with our collaboration partners.

Background: The applicant should have experience on gas phase spectroscopy and building and aligning of optical measurement arrangements.

For more information on this position, please contact Prof. Juha Toivonen,


How to apply

Please submit your application through the online recruitment system of the institution where the position is located and clearly indicate for you which position you are applying.

The closing date for applications is 28.02.2021 and applications received later will not be considered. Please attach the following documents to your application in pdf format:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • List of publications

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