Postdoctoral Researcher, Theoretical Quantum Photonics

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Quantum Photonics on the Joensuu Campus. The position will be filled from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 15 March 2023. Application period has been extended until 15 May 2023.

Role and salary

We are seeking for a highly motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct theoretical research in our recently established quantum photonics group. As our new researcher, you will be working at the Department of Physics and Mathematics in the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology.

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

  • advancing quantum photonics research at UEF,
  • producing high-quality scientific publications,
  • developing new research questions and proposals within our team.

Quantum photonics, the science and technology of quantized light, is a multidisciplinary research field involving extraordinary physical phenomena such as quantum superpositions, entanglement, teleportation, and tunneling. Disruptive quantum optical technologies are anticipated to have transformational impacts on communication, imaging, metrology, and sensing with capabilities that far exceed the boundaries set by classical physics. At UEF the quantum photonics research encompasses theoretical foundations of the geometric phase in quantized light fields, quantum complementarity in vector-light interferometry, three-dimensional quantum polarization states, and structured quantum light in nanoscale interactions. The research involves close collaboration with other international institutions, and it is part of the Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) flagship of the Academy of Finland.

The position will be filled for a fixed term, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025, due to it pertaining to a specific project. 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 requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement component is 3,044.00 €/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 3,534–3,717 €/month at the beginning of the employment.


  • the person to be appointed as Postdoctoral Researcher is required to hold a doctoral degree from an applicable 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.),
  • good skills in oral and written English.


  • background in quantum optics/physics with strong expertise in analytical methods,
  • 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 May 2023 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

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


For further information about the position, please contact Assistant Professor Andreas Norrman, email, tel. +358 29 445 3066

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

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology in brief 

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. To learn more about our university please visit our website at On our website, you’ll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (, as well as our employees’ career stories (

The Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology 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, forestry and technology. 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 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 460 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 630.