Doctoral Candidate Position in Optics and Photonics

Aalto University

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Doctoral Candidate Position in Optics and Photonics

We are looking for a doctoral student to join our group for experimental work on ultrafast optical polarization phenomena and photon-correlation imaging using multicolor optical fields. The candidate will develop experimental methods for assessment of light polarization dynamics of natural and multicolor laser sources, as well as demonstrate experimentally an aberration-independent optical imaging method based on photon correlation detection. The research can have significant impact especially on the fields of polarimetry, optical imaging and spectroscopy, optical information processing, and the characterization of natural and artificial light sources. Preference will be given to candidates with good understanding of basic optics and photonics and experience in designing and conducting optical experiments.

The research will be done within the Finnish Academy project “Ultrafast polarization phenomena with multicolor optical fields and two-photon detection”.


  • MSc. in physics 

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good understanding of basic optics 

  • Experience in experimental physics and numerical simulations
  • Strong motivations to learn new skills, solve new problems and develop new scientific methods 

Duration and salary
The successful candidate should start in October 2017 or as soon afterwards as possible. The position is fixed-term. The doctoral candidate will first be granted a two-year contract, followed by an extension for another two-year period after intermediate evaluation.

The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus. The expected starting salary for a PhD candidate is approx. 2400 €/month and follows the university salary system. The contract includes Aalto University occupational health care.

For more Information
For further information, please contact D.Sc. (Tech.), Doc. Andriy Shevchenko or in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Pekka Järvinen (

How to apply
Please apply through Aalto University web site:

The applications are submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than on 15th of September 2017. The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidate is found.

The application material for the PhD position should include:

  • Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (no length limit)
  • Educational certificates
  • Transcript of Records
  • Names and contact information for two references

All application materials should be submitted in English and as a single PDF file.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

About Helsinki
The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of computer science. Helsinki is regularly highly graded in world city rankings, such as global livability ranking by The Economist (Ranked eighth in 2014).

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