Early Stage Researcher - ESR, Doctoral Studentship in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network ‘Plenoptic Imaging‘ / Väitöskirjatutkija (Marie Sklodowska-Curie)

Tampere University of Technology
December 20, 2022
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Plenoptic Imaging (PLENOPTIMA) is a four-year (2021–2024) H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that develops a cross- disciplinary approach to plenoptic imaging, which includes new optical materials and sensing principles, signal processing methods, new computing architectures, and vision science modelling. With this aim, PLENOPTIMA joins five of the strongest research groups in nanophotonics, imaging and machine learning in Europe with twelve innovative companies, research institutes, and a pre-competitive business ecosystem developing and marketing plenoptic imaging devices and services.

Job Description

Tampere University (Finland) offers a position for an early-stage researcher (ESR). The ESR job position requires conducting research on an individual project at a doctoral student level and studying toward completing a doctoral degree. We are looking for candidates who have a suitable background and motivation to work on highly innovative projects and be trained in competitive yet collaborative research and study environment. The ESR founded by the project, will be working on specified projects and will be registered in a Joint degree doctoral programme at academic institutions in Finland and Germany as described below.

ESR3: On-chip Photonic Deep Neural Network Components for Fast Image Processing

Objectives: Photonic implementations of deep neural networks with the high- speed linear operation and low-loss high-bandwidth connectivity within the network. Develop components for an integrated end-to-end photonic deep neural network (PDNN) that performs sub-nanosecond image processing tasks. Develop the system optically performed linear computation and non-linear activation function. Develop a PDNN architecture that can be scaled to networks with a large number of layers, and a large number of inputs and demonstrate its application to plenoptic image processing tasks.

Expected Results: Direct, clock-less processing of optical data that eliminates analogue-to-digital conversion and the requirement for a large memory module, allowing faster and more energy-efficient neural networks for the next generations of plenoptic imaging systems.

Planned secondments: Secondments to other network partners for up to 9 months have been planned. The secondments include suitable model parameters and feasible optimization constraints that optimal image processing.

Joint PhD degree with Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).

The research will be supported by an extensive training program consisting of training schools, workshops, and webinars.

Mobility between network partners is supported by research visits and secondments. In this way, the employed researchers will be integrated in the network with the aim to help them to interact with their fellows and within different research, development and innovation environments.


  • We are looking for a talented, creative and highly motivated researcher.
  • The applicant must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in the fields of electrical engineering, communications engineering, physics, optics and photonics, information technology, computer science, or a closely related field, completed with good grades.
  • The position includes transnational mobility (i.e., moving from one country to another)
  • The applicant shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree that would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  • H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organization, the researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or 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.
  • We offer

    We offer highly innovative training (2021-2024) that will help you to build a solid fundamental of the area and will put you in an extremely good position in your future career endeavours in a rapidly growing sector.

    The salary will be set in accordance with MSCA ESR rates.

    We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

    Tampere is one of the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries and offers a dynamic living environment. Tampere region is one of the three most rapidly growing urban areas in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland's information society. Tampere hosts the Tampere Imaging Ecosystem, one of the top 5 imaging clusters worldwide. For more information on Tampere and Finland, please visit:

  • https: // visittampere.fi/en/
  • https: // www. visitfinland.com/
  • https: // www. infofinland.fi/en/frontpage
  • How to apply

    Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is the 1st of December 2022 (23:59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

    Please attach only the following documents to your application:

  • A letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template and including a list of publications and the contact details of two referees
  • Copy of your MSc+BSc degree certificates including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement
  • For more information, please contact:

    Assoc. Prof. Humeyra Caglayan (https: // research.tuni.fi/metaplasmonics/)

    Prof Atanas Gotchev (https: // research.tuni.fi/3dmedia/ )

    Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www. tuni.fi

    Tampereen yliopistossa on haettavana väitöskirjatutkijan (Early Stage Reseracher, ESR - ‘Plenoptic Imaging‘ ) tehtävä.

    Tehtävä edellyttää tutkimuksen tekemistä ja opintoja kohti tohtorin tutkinnon suorittamista. Etsimme ehdokkaita, joilla on sopiva tausta ja motivaatio työskennellä korkealuokkaisten innovatiivisen projektin parissa. Väitöskirjatutkija (ESR) työskentelee tietyn hankkeen parissa ja rekisteröidään yhteis- tai kaksoistutkinto-tohtoriohjelmiin Suomen ja Saksan akateemisissa instituutioissa.


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    Application period starts: 2022-11-17 13:00Application period ends: 2022-12-01 23:59

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