Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is an active scientific community of 1,700 employees and more than 8,300 students. The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research institutions and industry. Many of the fields of research and study represented at the University play a key role in addressing global challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University's activities. Welcome to join us at TUT!

Doctoral Student/PhD position (Systems Theory Research)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences 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, the 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.

The Systems Theory Research Group at Laboratory of Mathematics at TUT is looking for a doctoral/PhD student to join the research group in the field of mathematical systems theory and functional analysis.

The main research topics include the theory of partial differential equations and influencing the behaviour of such equations with control signals. The theory developed in the research group has practical applications in engineering and industry, and these applications are also of interest in the current postgraduate position. The main applications include controlling and attenuating structural vibrations, for example in wind turbines and tall buildings, and in controlling industrial manufacturing processes.

More generally, mathematical control theory is used in robotics and development of self-driving cars, design of energy efficient buildings, optimization of renewable energy production, biomedical technology, control of quantum systems, and many other fields. The research is part of a project the project Academy of Finland project “Robust Control of Distributed Parameter Systems” (2017–2021).

Job description: The doctoral/PhD student will work as a member of the Systems Theory Research Group at TUT. The more precise research topics are discussed and planned to fit the interests and background of the candidate. The student will enroll in the TUT doctoral program, and complete its requirements for the doctoral degree.

Doctoral student will undertake full-time study towards a doctoral degree. There may be some teaching duties included as part of the doctoral education. A research plan for a doctorate will be prepared according to TUT's instructions in collaboration with the research group. Doctoral student is expected to graduate within four years.

If you are interested in the position, do not hesitate to contact me (Lassi Paunonen) for more information or browse to:

Requirements: An M. Sc. degree (or equivalent) in mathematics is required to be complete, or to be completed soon (e.g. thesis is ready). The position requires a good study background in analysis, especially linear functional analysis(on the introductory level), differential equations, and complex analysis. Knowledge in partial differential equations, numerical methods, and Matlab are considered to be a bonus.

The position requires good command of English (written and spoken).
We offer: We offer an inspiring and supportive work environment where you are encouraged to follow your ideas and develop your skills in academic research. We are proud that with the extensive academic and departmental support, our students have an excellent track record for successful completion of their PhD degrees.
Salary: The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Student is placed on the job demands levels 1-4. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. Also, an incentive pay system applies to Doctoral Students.
Trial period: Trial period of 4 months applies.
Other: The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of two years. The contract may be extended up to 4 years. Starting date would be as soon as possible, or as mutually agreed upon by both parties (preferably not later than January 2018).

The successful candidate will be enrolled to the doctoral programme of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. For more information about the doctoral programme and admissions, please go to:


The candidate will be working on the TUT Hervanta campus, Tampere, Finland.
For more information, please contact: Assistant professor Lassi Paunonen, (lassi.paunonen _ at _ tut.fi)
How to apply: Applications must be submitted through TUT’s online application system. The closing date for applications is 2 October 2017 (24.00 EEST/21.00 UTC).

Applications must include the following attachments written in English and preferably in PDF format.

– A motivation letter (1–2 pages) describing your background and main interests in mathematics
– Curriculum vitae (CV)
– Transcript of study records and certificate of the M. Sc. degree
– Possible references (1–2)
Additional information on attachments to applications.