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Early Stage Researcher in Applied Physics (PhD student)
University of Eastern Finland

Date Posted Sep. 3, 2019
Title Early Stage Researcher in Applied Physics (PhD student)
University University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Northern Savonia, Finland
Department Department of Applied Physics
Application Deadline 30 September 2019 (by 24:00 EET)
Position Start Date 1 January 2020, or as agreed
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - General
The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

We are now inviting applications for

an Early Stage Researcher in Applied Physics (PhD student), Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio Campus

We are seeking a highly motivated Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) to join the project “Seismic full-waveform inversion with application to groundwater exploration”, funded by the Academy of Finland. This project aims to utilize computational modeling and actual imaging data to characterize fluid content stored in a porous material. The project consists of both the development of mathematical modeling and designing and building laboratory scale measurement systems. Thus, prior experience and knowledge from wave propagation modeling and/or related inverse problems and/or engineering design of practical measurements are required.

A person to be appointed to this position will work in the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems research group (see,, for more details). The group is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modeling and Imaging (Academy of Finland). In addition, studies will be done under a cotutelle (double-degree) agreement between the above-mentioned unit and the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design (at the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering in KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden) and therefore will require periods also in Stockholm, Sweden. See,, for more details.

A person to be appointed as an early stage researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad, which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies (UEF University Regulations, Section 31). Examples of suitable higher university degrees for the candidate are in physics, engineering, computer science or applied mathematics.

English will be used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.

The position will be filled for four years from 1 January 2020, or as agreed. Positions of Early Stage Researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 2-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,033.29 - €2,535.20/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50.0% of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Senior Researcher Timo Lähivaara, PhD, email:, tel. +358 29 4453365. For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Executive Assistant Satu Turunen, tel. +358 29 4453031, e-mail

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
- a resume or CV (including names and contact information of two referees),
- motivation letter (max 1 page)
- copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates/ diplomas and copies of certificates/ diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 30 September 2019 (by 24:00 EET) by using the electronic application form.

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Contact Information

  • Timo Lähivaara
    Department of Applied Physics
    University of Eastern Finland
    Yliopistonranta 1
    Kuopio, Northern Savonia FI-70210
  • +358 29 4453365


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