Staff Scientist (Imaging) / Tutkimusympäristöasiantuntija (Kuvantaminen)

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Imaging is a transdisciplinary discipline of high importance and strong industrial and societal relevance, which has been the focus of excellent fundamental and applied research and education at Tampere University (TAU). It encompasses and bridges the physics of light and other electromagnetic waves, optical materials and structures, sensors transforming light into electrical and digital signals, comprehensive signal processing methods to enable computational image formation, restoration, and automated analysis and interpretation. Our approach to modern imaging is heavily based on new physical principles, sophisticated mathematical models, as well as powerful computing platforms that enable real-time processing of an ever-greater amount of data. 

The profiling activities in the area have been coordinated within the TAU Imaging Research Platform, which has received funding by the Academy of Finland with the following goals: 

  1. Strengthen imaging as a fundamental and applied research field in TAU
  2. Develop a research platform that offers advanced imaging as a service across the university, and to effectively engage all individuals and units that make use of imaging and thus supercharge image-based scientific investigation at TAU
  3. Leverage and support existing research infrastructure
  4. Develop research-based education and training in imaging to sustain academic excellence and competitiveness of the local imaging industry

In pursuing these goals, the Unit of Computing Sciences is now looking for a Staff Scientist (Senior Researcher) to coordinate the Platform’s activities. 

Job description

Staff Scientists are academic personnel who are responsible for specialist activities related to research. They provide support to teaching and research staff at Tampere University.

The responsibilities of Staff Scientists typically involve the development of specific research structures such as infrastructures and research equipment, and trans-group and trans-faculty initiatives. Their individual job descriptions are defined in relation to the University’s strategic needs and include teaching, research and the provision of services. In the case of the TAU Imaging Platform, the main responsibility of a Staff Scientist is to prioritize project proposals and coordinate a group of cross-disciplinary postdoctoral researchers for developing advanced imaging as a cross-disciplinary service for the TAU research community. Furthermore, the Imaging Coordinator is expected to stipulate and communicate the long-term goals of TAU Imaging Research Platform across the TAU community, and to carry out independent research in imaging. 

Specifically, the functions of the Staff Scientist are:

  • Organizing the day-to-day operations at the platform
  • Prioritizing project proposals under the scope of TAU Imaging Platform
  • Overseeing the progress of research projects set within the platform
  • Formulating and organizing the portfolio of imaging-related services including imaging algorithms and methods, and corresponding software
  • Organizing the work of postdoctoral researchers and their teams toward producing imaging software freely available to the academic community for nonprofit research, and that companies will be able to license for commercial use 
  • Assisting research communities and helping them to utilize the portfolio of imaging-related services
  • Writing scientific and research project proposals relevant to imaging
  • Working toward attracting talented students: formulating MSc thesis topics, organizing seminars and workshops
  • Maintaining the relationship with other relevant TAU profiling areas
  • Establishing and maintaining international relationships.


  • Doctoral degree in Signal Processing, Computing, IT or Electronics
  • Experience in managing research projects
  • Experience in writing research project proposals
  • Experience in working with companies’ R&D units
  • Wide knowledge on state-of-the-art and emerging imaging technologies
  • Good scientific writing, presentation and communication skills in English

We offer

The position is fixed-term 6 years with the option to become permanent upon attainment of mutually agreed professional targets. Appointment is expected to commence as soon as possible, as mutually agreed. Trial period of six months applies for all new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff the position of Staff Scientist is placed on the job demands levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance-based salary. The minimum starting salary will range between 3800-4500 EUR/month. Higher salaries may be agreed dependent upon experience and/or performance.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by the online application form (link below). Closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 (23.59 EEST, UTC +2). Applications and all accompanying documentation must be written in English. Applications should include (preferably in combined PDF format):

  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) explaining how your research interests, skills, and experience are relevant to the position. The letter of motivation should include also a brief statement about your research, innovation, and publication philosophy, and may also indicate names and contact details of two referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation.
  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines (please indicate or highlight the five publications deemed most relevant for the position, and for each of these provide a short paragraph explaining the contribution that makes the publication significant)

For any further information, please contact Prof. Alessandro Foi, or Prof. Atanas Gotchev, 

Application period starts: 2021-05-28 11:00Application period ends: 2021-06-18 23:59