Open positions in Photonics Research

The PREIN flagship has an ambitious recruitment plan and will open several positions for researchers, doctoral researchers and post-doctoral researchers. In 2019 and 2020 we are opening

11 Postdoctoral Researchers in Photonics Research and Innovation

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We are looking for 11 talented Postdoctoral Researchers to work on the following themes:
1.    Classical and quantum light interactions with photonic nanostructures (Tampere University)
The aim of the project is to study the properties of classical and quantum light coupled to metamaterial-based nanostructure, such as e.g. newly emerging epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) structures. The ultimate goal is to characterise the coupling between light and ENZ media, as well as study the properties of the radiation emitted by such structures, including coherence (both from a classical, and quantum perspective), superradiance, statistical properties of the emitted light

2.    Tunable plasmonic applications (Tampere University)
The project focuses on investigations of tunable plasmonic nanostructures for emission control.  The applicant should have a solid experience in nanolithography (electron beam and nanoimprint lithography) and other nanofabrication and cleanrom process. Additional experience in e.g. plasmonics, photoresponsive polymers, emitters etc. would be a plus.

3.    High power mid-infrared broadband sources (Tampere University)
The goal is to develop broadband light sources including e.g. broadband LEDs and supercontinuum sources operating in the mid-infrared for sensing and imaging applications. The candidate is expected to have a solid background in light sources development and in nonlinear optics. Experience with sensing (e.g. IR absorption spectroscopy) and imaging (e.g. OCT) techniques will be considered a plus.

4.    Nanowires and quantum dots single photon emitters (Tampere University)
The project will develop nanostructures on semiconductors and metals for single photon emission and manipulation. The research involves the realization of nanocavities for semiconductor quantum dots and nanowires, as well as the development and fabrication of plasmonic structures for the manipulation of photonic and plasmonic quantum states. The candidate is expected to have experience in nanolithography (electron beam and nanoimprint lithography) as well as clean room processing. Experience with simulations of optical properties of nanostructures (FDTD) and with optical characterization techniques are assets.

5.    Si/III-Vs photonic integrated circuits applications (Tampere University)
The aim is to develop application specific photonic integrated circuits by combining optoelectronics and silicon photonics technologies. The research targets primarily the development of hybrid integration approaches and demonstration of improved functionalities for emerging applications in sensing, LIDAR, or microwave photonics. The candidate is expected to have a good understanding of photonics technologies and applications, with specialization in at least one of the following areas: optoelectronics and silicon photonics, simulation and clean room processing of photonic components, and high-precision assembly of photonic components. General knowledge on design toolkits for silicon photonics and interaction with silicon photonics foundries would be a plus.

6.    Simulations and modelling of nanomaterials/structures/devices (Aalto University)
The aim of the position is to simulate and model various nanomaterials, structures and devices to facilitate the research and innovation in PREIN. We expect a successful candidate to show prominence in one or several of the following sub-fields: resonant light-matter interaction effects at nanoscale; control of light generation, propagation, and absorption with optical metasurfaces and metamaterials; nanostructures in light harvesting devices; optical sensing and detection with nanostructures; control of optical coherence and polarization by nanostructures.

7.    Fabrication of nanomaterials/structures/devices (Aalto University)
The objective of the is to fabricate integrated nanomaterials, structures and photonics devices. We expect the successful candidate to show prominence in one or several of the following sub-fields: fabrication of 2D materials and their heterostructures; fabrication of functional materials with atomic layer deposition method; atomic layer deposition for photovoltaics and sensing; fabrication of semiconductor nanowires and quantum dots-based devices; fabrication of hybrid mixed-dimensional structures-based devices.

8.    Photonics-based energy devices (Aalto University)
The aim is to develop and study photonics-based energy devices. We expect the successful candidate to show prominence in one or several of the listed items: development of heterojunction solar cells; development of photoluminescence imaging for high-purity semiconductors; up- and down-conversion materials for light harvesting; development of photocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction; development of thermophotonic devices.

9.    Spatial, temporal, spectral, and polarization control of light (University of Eastern Finland)
The goal is to focus on fundamental aspects of light and its interaction with micro- and nanostructured matter to control the coherence and polarization properties of both stationary and pulsed light. The successful applicant will have a solid theoretical background in electromagnetic theory, photonics and an ability to perform numerical modelling. Proficient in using various mathematical and numerical tools, such as Mathematica and Matlab, good understanding of micro- and nanophotonics or programming skills with, e.g., C/C++, are plus.

10.    Fabrication of nanomaterials and nanostructures (University of Eastern Finland)
The person to be appointed to this position will develop advanced nanomaterials platforms and integrated photonic devices. This includes the structuration at the nanoscale of different materials (oxides, ceramics, polymers, metals), the deposition and process development of new materials to be used for monolithic integration for photonics integrated circuits, the inclusion of sources within waveguides, and other platforms. The successful applicant will have a strong experience in clean room working with training in several key-equipment (reactive ion etching, e-beam, atomic layer deposition). In addition to experimental skills, the applicant is expected to have a good understanding of photonics at the nanoscale, of integrated optics, and of the fundamentals of optics.

11.    Characterization of nanostructured light sources and materials (University of Eastern Finland):
The aim is to perform characterization of photonic and plasmonic nanostructures, light sources, planar waveguides, detectors and other materials, components and devices. One important aspect of the position is the ability to work with the diversity of the in-plane and out-of-plane characterization techniques including ellipsometry, SEM, micro-Raman spectroscopy and other methods capable of providing in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that can limit device functionalities. The successful applicant will have a strong track record in working in a free space optical laboratory environment, be familiar with end-fiber and grating couplers, planar and channel waveguides and nanostructures. Proficient in using lasers and various characterization equipment with related software, good understanding of micro- and nanophotonics and nonlinear optics or experience in using 3D-modelling software and 3D-printers is a plus.

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 August 31 2019 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
  • Brief research plan
  • References (names and contact information)

For general information or information on the position at Tampere University, please contact Prof. Goëry Genty, director of PREIN,
For information on the position at Aalto University, please contact Prof. Zhipei Sun,
For information on the position at University of Eastern University, please contact Prof. Matthieu Roussey,


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Tampere University

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Aalto University

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University of Eastern Finland

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