Job ID: 196714

Doctoral researcher in Optics and Photonics

Aalto University

  • Oct. 11, 2022
  • Doctoral researcher in Optics and Photonics
  • T304 Dept. Applied Physics
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Optics & Optical Engineering
This is an anonymous recruitment. To increase our diversity, we will evaluate the candidates anonymously. This means, we won't see your personal details (such as name, gender and age) or CV in the screening phase. Please fill out the information in this application form as detailed as possible. You may add you CV, but please remember that we will choose the candidates for the first interview based only on the information added to this application form.

The Department of Applied Physics is now looking for a

Doctoral researcher in Optics and Photonics

We are looking for an outstanding doctoral student to join the Optics and Photonics group for theoretical and experimental research on nanophotonics. The research will be focused on fundamental understanding and development of novel approaches to design, create, and investigate planar photonic nanostructures (photonic crystals and metasurfaces) that can efficiently trap, guide, localize, and enhance optical fields. The position is fully funded by the Academy of Finland and involves collaboration with researchers from the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at Aalto University, as well as international collaboration with a research team from the Netherlands. 

Your role and goals

In this position, you will act as a researcher working on design, fabrication and characterization of photonic nanostructures. The design will be based on numerical modelling methods. The samples will be fabricated using the clean room facilities of Aalto University and investigated by nonlinear optical methods using the equipment of the Optics and Photonics group. As a member of the group, you will be trained in advanced modelling tools, nanofabrication, and optical experiments, and you will participate in generating new scientific ideas, writing scientific articles, and collaborating with researchers from other research groups. We expect you to graduate as a Doctor of Science in 4 years.

Your experience and ambitions

We expect the candidate to hold a MSc degree in physics, optics or electromagnetism, to be familiar with the basics of scientific computation, and to have good understanding of basic optics and photonics. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in designing and conducting nonlinear optical experiments using ultrashort laser pulses. 

What we offer

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary of a Ph.D. student is approximately 2600 €/month (gross), and it increases as you progress in your research and studies. Following the standard practice in the Department of Applied Physics, the contract will be made initially for two years, then extended to another two years after a successful mid-term progress review. We expect the selected candidate to start the work in January 2022. The total duration of Ph.D. studies is four years. The annual workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is currently 1612 hours. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare. The primary workplace will be the Otaniemi Campus at Aalto University.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please submit your application through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply Now”). The deadline for applications is November 20, 2022.

This is an anonymous recruitment. We want to increase our diversity in Aalto University, educate ourselves about unconscious biases and make objective hiring decisions. In this recruitment, we are piloting anonymous screening.
We make the first evaluation of the candidates anonymously; we are only interested to know your merits on which you would be great for this role. This means, we won't see your personal details (such as name, gender, nationality and age) and we invite candidates for the interviews only based on their background, competences and motivation seen in the answers.

Please fill out the application form with your full work experience and education background. In the open questions, focus on your skills, competencies and motivation towards the position and Aalto. In the application form, we ask personal details such as name, age, nationality and gender. This information is for reporting and will not be used for evaluation. This information is not visible for the recruiters in the first screening. The identity will be revealed when we invite the candidates to the interviews.

If you are already an Aalto employee, please apply via internal Workday system (Career-> Internal Careers). Please make sure your work history and education are filled, since internal candidates are also under anonymous screening to ensure equal treatment.

For additional information, kindly contact the HR Coordinator Lotta Maltolahti (, who will forward your questions to the Principal Investigator. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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