The Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, Department of Physics and Mathematics

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Quantum Photonics at the Department of Physics and Mathematics on the Joensuu Campus. The position will be filled for a fixed 2-year term from 1 June 2024 to 31 May 2026 (or as agreed).

Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 15 March 2024.

Role and salary

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious candidate with strong mathematical skills and expertise in quantum optical physics to conduct postdoctoral research in our recently established Theoretical Quantum Photonics (TQP) group. The person appointed to this position will be enrolled in a project funded by the Research Council of Finland (PI: Andreas Norrman). The project focuses on the foundations of the geometric phase in quantized light fields, wave-particle duality in vector-light interferometry, quantum uncertainty of optical correlations, three-dimensional quantum polarization states, and structured quantum light in nanoscale interactions. The work planned for the position is theoretical and encompasses mainly analytical research on these topics.

As our new Postdoctoral Researcher, your main responsibilities will include:

  • advancing quantum photonics research at our university,
  • producing high-quality scientific publications,
  • presenting the research at international conferences,
  • developing new research questions and proposals within our group.

Other responsibilities include mentoring and supervising PhD students as well as taking part in scientific collaborations. You may also have the possibility to participate in teaching activities in courses relevant to your expertise.

The position will be filled for a fixed 2-year term, from 1 June 2024 to 31 May 2026 (or as agreed), due to it pertaining to a specific project task. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff. 

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job-related salary element and a personal salary element. In this position, the job requirement component is EUR 3,213.55 /month, based on level 5 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component ranges from a minimum of 6% to a maximum of 50% of the above-mentioned sum. Depending on the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately EUR 3,730-3,925 /month at the beginning of the employment.

Our requirements and expectations


  • doctoral degree in physics, optics, photonics, or some other relevant field.

The doctoral degree must not have been completed more than five years ago at the starting of the position (a net period of time, which does not include parental leaves, military service, etc.).

Persons graduating with a doctoral degree by the end of March and whose doctoral thesis topic is particularly relevant to this call will also be considered eligible to apply.

  • good skills in oral and written English.

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • strong background in quantum optical physics,
  • excellent mathematical (especially analytical) skills,
  • demonstrated competence to disseminate scientific results.

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including  

  • opportunity for flexible multi-location work,
  • extensive occupational health care,
  • broad selection of staff training,
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services,
  • affordable sports services and tax-free bike benefit.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting, meaningful and diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.    

How to apply?   

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 15 March 2024 by 24:00 (midnight) Finnish time (UTC+2).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:

  • a CV,
  • a list of publications,
  • copies of your academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to your language proficiency if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas,
  • a motivation letter in English (max one page),
  • recommendation letters with contact details of two referees,
  • other documents to demonstrate your merits for the position.


For further information about the position, please contact Assistant Professor Andreas Norrman, email:, tel: +358 50 599 4225.

For further information about the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Coordinator Noora Hämäläinen, email:, tel: +358 29 445 8302.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.6.2024
Salary General collective agreement for universities
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Joensuu
County Pohjois-Karjala
Country Finland
Reference number 640/01.01.03/2024
  • Andreas Norrman, +358505994225
Published 15.Feb.2024
Last application date 15.Mar.2024

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