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Applications are invited for a full-time fully funded PhD student position or to a master’s degree position related to fabrication of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) and high-speed photodiodes for emerging cryogenic applications in quantum and classical computing. 

Photonics is a leading research area at the Tampere University, with a dynamic community covering all aspects from fundamental theoretical research, to technology, and industrial and consumer applications.  The research will be carried out at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) group. ORC is one of the leading optoelectronics research groups in Europe with more than 30 years of activity centered on the development of novel optoelectronic devices, such as laser diodes or high efficiency solar cells. Our vision is powered by integration of multidisciplinary research in material science, new photonics technologies, and related applications, and is fueled by a rather large portfolio of national, EU and industrial projects. More information on the research group can be found at:

Job description

The Doctoral Researcher / Research Assistant position focuses on development of fabrication processes for cryogenic optoelectronic components and their characterization. Activities are linked to preparing low energy per bit optical links to cryogenically operated quantum and classical computers. Besides design activity, the position involves hands on work in cleanroom to prepare relevant VCSEL and photodiode components. This involves working with different kind of lithography, etching and deposition methods, among others. Most of the work is carried out using state-of-the-art facilities available at Tampere University, but also collaboration with international partners. The job is linked to research projects aCryComm (https://www.acrycomm.eu/) and SuperQuant (starting in 2021).


The position is intended for recently graduated MSc -students pursuing carrier towards PhD. Alternatively we offer possibility for a student that is looking for place to make his/her Master’s Thesis and has ability to work full time on this topic. You should have a MSc degree in physics, photonics or a related subject area. For the position of a Research Assistant it is preferred, that you are in the final stage of your MSc studies. We expect a competence to pursue independent scientific work and adequate technical skills. You should be fluent in spoken and written English, versatile person with  good study records but no prior experience from field is required. Previous experience and understanding on semiconductor fabrication, optoelectronics, computer aided design and modelling, and chemistry is however a benefit. The task of Doctoral Researcher includes 5 % of other teaching tasks. 

We offer

The position of Doctoral Researcher will be filled for a fixed-term period of 2 years and the position of Research Assistant will be filled for a fixed-term of 8 months. The planned starting day is as soon as possible. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees or maximum half of the fixed-term period.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The position of a Doctoral Student is placed on job demand level 2 – 4 (teaching and research staff). A typical starting salary of a Doctoral Researcher is around 2300 € / month, whereas the salary of a Research Assistant is placed on the job demand level 1 and the performance is defined according gained study credits. 

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.

Most importantly we offer a world-class research environment in collaboration with internationally recognized research groups. We have strong collaborative networks and offer great opportunities for researchers to develop their careers in an international setting. 

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 25th October 2021 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC). Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format.

Applications should include the following documents:

  •  Certified copies of the bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates with the Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable) Official translations into English (if the original documents are in a language other than English)
  •  Curriculum Vitae/CV (preferably in Europass format)
  • a one page summary and motivation letter (this should include a description of your skills and experience in Optics, practical Lab projects, software expertise and other information in support of your application with direct reference to the advertisement and further particulars). Please emphasize your future goals career-wise.
  • List of publications (if any) your contributions in the publication
  • References: Contact details of referees included in the CV
  • Any supporting documents.

For more information, please contact:

Senior Scientist Dr Jukka Viheriälä, tel. +358 50 595 4147, jukka.viheriala (at) tuni.fi


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Tampereen yliopiston Optoelektroniikan tutkimuskeskus (https://research.tuni.fi/orc/) tutkii ja kehittää erilaisia toiminnallisia komponentteja kuten laser diodeja ja aurinkokennoja. Nyt haettu tehtävä liittyy hankkeisiin joiden tavoite on luoda optinen linkki cryogeeniseen laskentajärjestelmään. 


Väitöskirjatutkijan/ tutkimusapulaisen tehtäviin kuuluu osallistuminen aCryComm (https://www.acrycomm.eu/) ja SuperQuant (alkaa in 2021) hankkeisiin. Näissä hankkeissa kehitetään sekä pintaemittoivia laserdiodeja ja ultra-nopeita fotodiodeja tukemaan kvanttitietokoneiden ja klassisen cryogeenisten tietokoneiden toimintaa. Työtehtäviin kuuluu sirujen suunnittelun lisäksi sirujen valmistus puhdastiloissa sekä niiden testaus. Tehtäviin kuuluu myös väitöskirjatutkimuksen tai diplomityön tekeminen suurelta osin. Väitöskirjatutkijan tehtävään sisältyy 5 % opetustehtäviä.  


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