Doctoral Researcher (Theoretical Optics and Photonics)

Full Time Tampere, Finland Tampere University

The Theoretical Optics and Photonics (TOP) Group at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS), Tampere University, Finland, is a young and relatively small group, composed by 4 researchers, including the group leader, working mainly on theoretical aspects of optics and photonics, and the modelling of the flow of light in photonic nanostructures.

The TOP group is led by Asst. Prof. Marco Ornigotti and has a proven track record in fundamental and multidisciplinary projects dealing with optics, photonics, and their connection with other fields of physics, such as quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, and field theory. We perform our research by mainly employing analytical and numerical modelling methods to study and investigate the properties of light in different systems and contexts. Moreover, the high integration of the TOP group in the Photonic Laboratory at Tampere University also gives us the possibility to directly test our theories and models by comparing them with experimental results.

Job Description

The Theoretical Optics and Photonics (TOP) Group is seeking for 1 talented Doctoral Researchers with strong interest in linear and nonlinear fibre optics, and structured light, to start their activity in January 2023 within the framework of the V4F project.

The research project will involve the study and modelling of light propagation in suitably engineered optical fibres. The ultimate goal of this research topic would be to completely characterize light dynamics in optical fibres with complex transverse and longitudinal profile as versatile platform to generate high orbital angular momentum (OAM) light pulses. The work is purely theoretical but will be carried out in close collaboration with the Advanced Coherent Sources Group, who will perform experiments on OAM pulse generation in optical fibers. 


The successful candidate must hold an applicable higher university degree, and a research plan for completion of a doctorate that will be prepared according to university’s instructions after the suitable candidate is found. 

The candidate must have the competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies and complete a doctoral degree. Successful candidates must be pursuing or will be accepted to study towards a doctoral degree in the doctoral programme of the discipline. Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements.

We appreciate the courses taken and prior knowledge in some of the following areas: classical optics, waveguide theory, linear and nonlinear optics, and quantum mechanics. Programming experience in at least one of the following languages and environments is required: Mathematica, Matlab, C, C++, Python.

We offer

The position will be filled for an initial period of 2 years, with the possibility to extension.  The starting date is preferably January 2023 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties. 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 salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary for a doctoral student is approximately 2200-2400 EUR/month. 

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living in Tampere by watching our video:  Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground.  

Finland has been assessed to be among the best countries in the world with respect to many quality-of-life indicators, including being the overall #1 country in human wellbeing. Finland is amongst the leading countries for Photonics in Europe, and the Photonics market inside and outside academia is rapidly growing and offers a very thriving environment to develop one’s scientific and professional career. For more information on Finland, please check InfoFinland and This is Finland. For more information on Tampere, please see VisitTampere and BusinessTampere. 

How to apply 

Please submit your application through our electronic recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 9 December 2022 (23:59 EEST (GMT+3)).

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, including short introduction of the applicant, previous research work and future plans (max. 1 A4 page, 12pt.)
Curriculum vitae (including the contact details of two referees)
A list of publications as a part of the curriculum vitae, if applicable
PDF copy of your MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all MSc and BSc university records (grades and courses) and their English translations (Finnish and Swedish certificates are also accepted)
More information

For further information, please contact

 Assistant Professor Marco Ornigotti, tel. +358 50 447 8513,  marco.ornigotti(at)

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