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Open position: Doctoral Researcher in Nanophotonics

Updated: Nov 15, 2023



DSII position with Patria

Apply by October 31st 2023

Doctoral Researcher in Nanophotonics


The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University (TAU) offers a unique opportunity to combine dissertation research, addressing business challenges, building professional networks, and engaging in innovation.


The partner company for this position is HyCom Core Oy.


HyCom Core is a provider of advanced photonic solutions for data communication based on Ultra-Compact Optical Transceivers. Its technology platform exploits cutting edge expertise concerning emerging thin-film lithium niobate waveguide technology. Job description

The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in the fields of Optical communications and nanophotonics. The goals are:


1) Advancing the basic concepts of high-speed modulation devices including simulation;

2) Process development including development of assembly techniques for fiber-chip coupling;

3) Characterization of individual components;

4) Prototyping and application proof


As a Doctoral Researcher you will design new nanophotonic devices, develop clean-room nanofabrication processes and carry out device characterization. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.


The tasks of doctoral researchers also include teaching duties that amount to approximately 5% of their annual working hours, unless there are justified reasons to the contrary. Remote work opportunities are agreed upon separately when needed.


At the university, the work will be supervised by Prof. Mircea Guina and Dr. Jukka Viheriälä. At HyCom Core, the work will be supervised by Prof. Seppo Honkanen. You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives.


Engaging in DSII events, excursions, meetings, and training sessions with fellow doctoral students will provide mutual peer support.


Remote work opportunities are agreed upon separately when needed. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry. Requirements

You need to have an applicable master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline in science or engineering. The position requires

  • Sufficient background knowledge on semiconductor physics, optics and optoelectronics

  • Capability to operate/ learn to operate cleanroom and laboratory equipment with confidence

We appreciate that you would have experience in at least some of the following:

  • Optoelectronics

  • RF electronics

  • Fiber optics

  • Planar waveguides

  • Nanophotonics fabrication


Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements.As a DSII researcher, you should be interested in innovation and collaboration with industry to solve meaningful real-life problems. You need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required. How to apply & more info The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in fall 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the Tampere University. For further information, please contact:

Prof. Mircea Guina, mircea.guina@tuni.fi

Prof. Seppo Honkanen, seppo@hycomcore.com


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