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Doctoral student position in Illumination Engineering

A fully funded PhD student position is available at the lighting research group, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University.

We are looking for a talented doctoral student to develop and apply sustainable and adaptable smart lighting on living environments. This involves the participatory data collection and analysis from the uses and users of urban space utilizing a variety of digital tools.

Our target is that the candidate will acquire the doctoral degree in four years. This fulltime position is immediately available. The salary is based on the university salary scheme. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.


The applicant should have MSc degree or equivalent in a relevant field (eg. electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer science), or be a M.Sc. student in a final phase of their studies. The candidate should have strong analytical and writing skills in English, and experience or genuine interest in illumination engineering.  The candidate should have basic knowledge on illumination engineering, lighting design, 3D modelling, statistical analysis and be eager to execute experimental field work.

The successful candidate should be highly motivated, creative and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team.

How to apply
Please send your application as a single PDF file latest by 31st January 2020 (applications are evaluated immediately as they are received and decision could be made even before 31st January if the right candidate is found), through the recruitment system via Apply now! link below. The application should include:

  1. a free-form application/motivation letter;
  2. a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details);
  3. names and contact information (email) of at least two references;
  4. transcript of records (courses and grades);
  5. degree certificate (if available, translation into English if needed);
  6. a list of publications (if available);
  7. link to electronic copy of Master's thesis (if available);

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Pramod Bhusal or Paulo Pinho by e-mail [email protected] . In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, [email protected] 

Aalto University

Aalto University is the foremost university in Finland in Engineering, Design and Business. Less than a 15-minute metro ride away from center of Helsinki, capital of Finland, Aalto offers access to rich cultural and social life to help maintain healthy work-life balance. If you like to travel, Helsinki is well connected to the world through a major international airport.

AALTO (Aalto University) has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and more than 400 professors. The School of Electrical Engineering fosters basic research as well as the development of the latest technologies, providing top-quality engineering education. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of AALTO’s School of Electrical Engineering. Hosting a multitude of international and world-leading researchers, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation provides a truly inspirational ecosystem, where scientists and engineers from different fields interact and work together by crossing traditional boundaries to solve the most challenging scientific and technological problems, provide an excellent education and produce greater wellbeing for society in general.

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