• Description:

    The Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences within the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences has strong industrial relevance. Graduates have the ability to refine industrial challenges into scientific research questions and apply scientific methods to create new knowledge. They will have the expertise to pursue challenging careers in the field of engineering sciences. The programme is closely focused on technology covering the following research fields: Automation Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering as well as Mechanical and Production Engineering.

    Job description 

    We have 5 fully funded doctoral researcher (postgraduate student) positions open to candidates willing to carry out a research project towards a doctoral degree (Dr. Sci. / PhD). The positions are to be funded for three years. Shorter periods can also be considered. The doctoral researchers are supposed to carry out research in one of our research groups in the research fields of Mechanical and Production Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering. More information of the research fields and relevant research groups can be found here:

    • https://www.tuni.fi/en/about-us/automation-technology-and-mechanical-engineering 

    • https://www.tuni.fi/en/about-us/engineering-materials-science 


    A necessary requirement is a M.Sc. degree in a relevant field (related to materials science and engineering, or mechanical and production engineering).

    Another necessary requirement is a letter of intent (see below) signed by the applicant and his/her responsible supervisor. The potential supervisor must be from the following list of responsible supervisors of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences of Tampere University.

    Materials Science and Engineering

    Prof. Mikko Hokka
    Associate Professor Mikko Kanerva
    Associate Professor Heli Koivuluoto
    Professor Jurkka Kuusipalo
    Professor Erkki Levänen
    Assistant Professor Gaurav Mohanty
    Professor Pasi Peura
    Associate Professor Essi Sarlin
    Professor Minnamari Vippola
    Associate Professor Imran Asghar
    Associate Professor Auezhan Amanov
    Mechanical and Production Engineering

    Professor Minna Lanz
    Professor Eric Coatanea
    Professor Asko Ellman
    Associate Professor Tero Juuti
    Academy Research Fellow Inigo Flores Ituarte
    Assistant Professor Janne Juoksukangas
    Assistant Professor Xinxin Yu
    Thus, the candidate needs to find a committed supervisor from Tampere University from the above list before submitting the application. More information of the responsible supervisors, including their research interests, can be found in the following website: Responsible supervisors in the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences | Tampere universities (tuni.fi)

    The candidates are selected based on their researcher potential and the fit of the plan to the strategy of the faculty. The researcher’s potential is demonstrated through previous studies and merits in research work and thesis writing. In particular, the relevant indicators that we examine at the first stage are (1) quality & grade of the M.Sc. thesis, (2) GPA of M.Sc. and B.Sc. studies, (3) scientific publications (if applicable), (4) other academic merits listed in the CV, (5) letter of intent with a motivation statement and a tentative research plan, signed by applicant and responsible supervisor. Please, see below for the necessary documents attached to the application. The selection procedure may be supplemented by an interview (remotely). Good oral and written communication skills and cooperation abilities are necessary factors in the selection procedure.

    Please note that before commencing in the position, the selected candidates must also apply for a study right within the doctoral programme, unless they already have one. The selected candidates will be informed about this separate procedure later in 2024.

    We offer

    We offer the successful candidates fully funded positions as Doctoral researchers, commencing in August 2024 or as mutually agreed. We offer you high-quality supervision and the freedom to develop your ideas in a supportive and inspirational research environment. A trial period of six (6) 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. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2500 EUR/month. Our incentive salary system for Doctoral Researchers ensures salary increases based on the progress of the doctoral degree and thesis.

    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.

    We invite you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. Interdisciplinarity is highly encouraged, 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. The university has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. Through rigorous research within your field, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on science, advancement of technology, and economic and societal change. Doctoral studies provide an excellent theoretical and technical foundation upon which you can build your future career at the highest national and international levels.

    Tampere is one of the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries and offers a dynamic living environment. Tampere region is one of the three most rapidly growing urban areas in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a center of Finland’s information society. For more information on Tampere and Finland, please visit:

    • https://visittampere.fi/en/ 

    • https://www.visitfinland.com/ 

    • https://www.infofinland.fi/en/frontpage 

    How to apply

    Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 28 May 2024 (23:59 EET / UTC+3). Please submit 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 intent (max 1-2 pages) with a motivation statement and preliminary research plan. The letter must be signed by the applicant and responsible supervisor. 
    Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template, including a list of publications (if applicable) and the contact details of possible referees.
    Copy of your Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement.
    For more information, please contact:

    If you have any queries regarding the submission of your application, please contact: Titta Syväoja, HR Specialist, titta.syvaoja(at)tuni.fi

  • Fields

    • Engineering

    • Material Science

    • Mechanical Engineering

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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