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Research Assistants (summer trainees to all research groups of the Laboratory of Photonics)

Looking for a summer job where you can train your hands-on and minds-on skills, perform challenging research tasks as a member of a team of experts and be creative! Look no further, since we are now inviting applications for Research Assistant positions (summer trainees) in the Laboratory of Photonics for the summer 2018.

Optics and Photonics underpins much of modern science and knowledge-intensive technology. This area is one of the strongest research areas of TUT.

Our vision is that the next revolution in photonics will rely on new advanced light sources, on exquisite control of light fields, as well as on new materials and nanostructures with tailorable and tunable optical properties. Advances in these fields will provide new capabilities in the future for multiple application areas such as medicine, communication, solar energy and monitoring of the environment.

Please come and meet us on the Open Doors Day of the Laboratory of Photonics at the 15th of February!

During Open Doors Day you can familiarize yourself with our research activities, discuss the tasks of the Research Assistant with our students and research scientists, experience demonstrations of photonics and even have a job interview for the Research Assistant positions!

Job description:

The duties of a Research Assistant will be aligned with the exciting research projects of the Laboratory of Photonics ranging from optical spectroscopy to optoelectronics. Learn more about us from our website:


We would prefer the Research Assistant candidate to be 1-4 year student, who has successfully completed his/her studies in physics and/or chemistry.


The Research Assistant candidate must have an enquiring mind, enjoy problem-solving and be able to think independently while also being able to work in a team of international research scientists. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is highly desirable.

We offer:

Many of our Research Assistants have continued to work with us after the summer as a member of the research group to complete their BSc and MSc theses.


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 Research Assistant is placed on the job demands level 1. In addition, employees receive performance based salary, which for Research Assistants is based on study credits.

Trial period:

Trial period of one months applies.


The position will be filled now for a fixed-term period of three (3) months. Appointment is expected to commence on the 4th of June 2018 or as mutually agreed.

For more information, please contact:

For further information, please contact Prof. Mika Valden by email mika.valden(at)tut.fi

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the University’s online employment system. The closing date for applications is the 19th of February 2018 (at 12.00 pm EEST).

The application should include a letter of motivation, CV and a transcript of records.

Please specify in your application which research fields interest you the most and would you like to have a job interview during the Open Doors Day.

We are asking you to prioritize the research groups of your interest in a ranking order by choosing the research group numbers below:

  1. Applied Optics
  2. Infrared Light Sources
  3. Metaplasmonics
  4. Nanophotonics
  5. Nonlinear Optics
  6. Optoelectronics Research Centre
  7. Photonic Glasses
  8. Surface Science
  9. Ultrafast Optics
Additional information on attachments to applications.