Two postdoctoral researcher positions in Computational Biophotonics

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 2,700 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

Two Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Computational Biophotonics, Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio Campus

We are in search of two highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to work full-time on a Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation funded research project focused on ‘computational modelling of light interaction in connective tissue’.

The project is being conducted in the Biomedical Spectroscopy Laboratory (BSL), in collaboration with the Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage (BBC) research group, at the Department of Applied Physics, under the supervision of Academy Research Fellow Isaac Afara. BSL is a highly multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural group with research focus on experimental, computational and applied biophotonics, as well as translational biospectroscopy. The group currently consists of two postdoctoral researchers, four PhD students and several Master’s students working on multiple biophotonics- and spectroscopy-related projects. BBC is a global leader in the biophysics of bone and cartilage, and consists of more than 40 researchers applying experimental, computational and clinical approaches for understanding and development of innovative techniques for diagnosis of joint diseases.

The project aims to provide fundamental understanding of light propagation and interaction in connective tissues using experimental and computational approaches, with the aim of improving optical diagnostics of connective tissues in arthroscopic surgery. The primary tasks of the Postdoctoral Researcher will include computational modelling of photon transport and interaction in connective tissues using methods such as Monte Carlo methods, finite element, agent-based modelling (ABMs), and finite difference time domain (FDTD) methods. The Postdoctoral Researchers may also undertake basic laboratory experiments on soft tissues (e.g., articular cartilage) and tissue phantoms, and will be responsible for some level of Master’s and PhD student supervision, preparation of grant applications, and other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Candidates who are currently completing or have recently completed a PhD degree are encouraged to apply. The positions are suitable for candidates with strong background in optics, spectroscopy and biophotonics, biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering or related field.

Experience and Skills


• PhD in computational optics and biophotonics, spectroscopy, biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering or related field
• Strong programming skills in Python, C, R, MATLAB etc. (the more the better)

• Basic knowledge of optics and/or spectroscopy
• Fluency in spoken and (especially) written English for technical communication.


• Solid academic track record
• Knowledge of numerical and analytical solutions of integro-differential equations
• Experience in laboratory experiments
• Working knowledge of multivariate analysis and deep learning (e.g., CNN).

The person to be appointed to the Postdoctoral Researcher Position is required to hold a doctoral degree, which may not have been completed more than 5 years ago at the time when the position starts. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service, etc.

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

The two-year positions will be filled from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2022, or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed term due to the project and funding duration.

The salary of the postdoctoral researcher position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2,967.84 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the positions, please contact: Academy Research Fellow Isaac Afara, email: isaac.afara[a], tel. +358 29 445 3305. For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Executive Assistant Satu Turunen, email: satu.turunen[a], tel. +358 29 445 8376.

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

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

A list of publications
- Motivation letter (max two pages). In the letter, please indicate your motivation for this position and your earlier research experience

- 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 15 October 2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

Please click on the "apply for the job" link to submit your application.