Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) in Applied Physics, TOMOCON ESR-15

University of Eastern Finland
September 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Early Stage Researcher / Doctoral Student position at University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Finland, as part of


European Innovative Training Network

Smart Tomographic Sensors for Advanced Industrial Process Control (TOMOCON)


The European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network TOMOCON joins 12 international academic institutions and 15 industry partners. We work together in the emerging field of industrial process control using smart tomographic sensors. The network will lay the scientific and technological fundamentals of integrating imaging sensors into industrial processes and will demonstrate its functional feasibility on lab and pilot-scale applications. Our doctoral researchers will be trained and work in the fields of process tomography hardware, software and algorithms, control systems theory and design, industrial process design, multi-physics modelling and simulation, human-computer interaction, and massive parallel data processing. More information about the network and all open positions can be found on our web page www.tomocon.eu.

Within TOMOCON we seek excellent open-minded and team-spirited doctoral students who will get unique international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral training in scientific and transferable skills by distinguished leaders from academia and industry. Within the TOMOCON network, we offer the following doctoral student position at UEF:


Microwave tomography for control of microwave drying processes

Reference number: TOMOCON-ESR15


Microwave heating is an attractive technology for drying porous materials for example in food and pharmaceutical industries. Microwave tomography, on the other hand, provides a potential framework for estimating volumetric moisture content of porous materials during the microwave drying process. The doctoral student shall develop both the forward and inverse problem solvers for microwave tomography. The obtained tomographic image is used to estimate the volumetric moisture content of the target and this information is further applied in online optimal control of the microwave drying process. The work comprises fundamental scientific analyses, software development, and technical demonstration, together with groups at universities in Liberec (Czech Republic) and Karlsruhe (Germany) and an industry partner. The doctoral student will spend secondments of eight months in total for technical and scientific training at Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and Vötsch Industrietechnik GmbH (Germany). The PhD degree will be awarded by University of Eastern Finland, Finland.




  • Completed suitable higher university degree (in engineering or natural science, preferably in physics or mathematics) or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for doctoral studies

  • Programming skills with Matlab, C/C++ or Python

  • Experience in inverse problems, mathematical modeling and related numerical methods will be considered as an advantage

  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary scientific work (shown by a motivation letter)

  • Good proficiency in English language


Starting Date: 1st March 2018

Contract: Full-time contract for 36 months

Salary: Gross salary per month: 2,986 EUR

Mobility allowance per month: 500 EUR

Family allowance per month (if eligible): 416 EUR

Information: Senior researcher, Dr., Timo Lähivaara

Email: timo.lahivaara@uef.fi

Application: Please submit your application with appendices (CV, a motivation letter, copies of the degree certificates) using the electronic application form (http://www.uef.fi/en/uef/en-open-positions) with the position reference “Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) in Applied Physics, TOMOCON-ESR15”


DEADLINE 25.10.2017 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time)


Eligibility: The candidate recruited in the TOMOCON project must be Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) and undertake transnational mobility (secondments, trainings, conferences). The candidate must be in the first four years from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate (e.g. master degree). It will be counted backward from the date of recruitment (in this case 01.03.2018). No doctoral degree has been awarded during these four years. The candidate can be of any nationality. The candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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