Doctoral Researcher (metasurface applications)

Full Time Tampere, Finland Tampere University

The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) is a leading research institution in nanoscience in Finland and hosts a well-equipped cleanroom dedicated to nanofabrication. The Metaplasmonics group has access to state-of-the-art optical spectroscopy and microscopy setups, a wide range of simulation tools, and a broad academic network in the field of nanophotonics. 

The Metaplasmonics group has been engaged in advanced nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials.  The group has recently expanded its interest to encompass research on metasurface-based devices.

Job description

We are now looking for a Ph.D. student to develop metasurface-based devices. The work comprises the fabrication and integration of metasurface, and optical characterization of the components and device. The position is supervised by Prof. Humeyra Caglayan and is placed at the Laboratory of Photonics within the Physics Unit of ENS.


We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates who have successfully completed a scientific university degree (master’s or equivalent) either in optics and photonics, physics, electrical engineering, or related subjects. Previous experience in the following areas is beneficial: e-beam lithography nanofabrication techniques, metasurfaces, metamaterials, and semiconductors. The applicant should be willing to conduct nanofabrication in the cleanroom and optical experiments.

The position also requires:

Good English language skills (spoken and written)
Ability to conduct systematic scientific research
Ability to work in a team and communicate clearly in a multidisciplinary and international environment
We offer

The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of a maximum of 3– 4 years. The starting date will be mutually agreed upon. 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 around 2400 – 2500 EUR per month. The salary increases based on experience.

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.

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

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. We value interdisciplinarity, 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. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. 

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is 9 December 2022 (at 23.59 EET / UTC+2:00).

Applications and all accompanying documentation must be in English and in PDF format.

The following documents should accompany your application:

CV (with a list of publications, if applicable)
free-form application letter including names of two referees (max. 2 pages)
copies of degree certificates and a language certificate
other relevant documents that support your application (e.g. M.Sc. thesis, the most relevant publications regarding the call (max. 2), examples of works you have done, etc.)

For questions and more information, please contact:

Humeyra Caglayan humeyra.caglayan(at)

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