Doctoral Researcher in Power Electronics / Väitöskirjatutkija, Tehoelektroniikka

We are seeking a new enthusiastic, highly motivated PhD student in the area of power electronics. We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active, and truly international research community. Our research group ”Power Electronic Systems” at the Unit of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences of the Tampere University focuses on the development of modulation and control techniques for power electronic systems. We work at the intersection of power electronics, optimal control, mathematical programming, and embedded systems. Our vision is to develop software solutions that fully utilize the capability of the power electronic hardware by operating the system close to its physical limits, with main applications being variable speed drives and grid-connected converters.

Job description

The position is supported by the Academy of Finland. The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge in the field of power electronics with high societal and technological impact. The goals are:

  1. Development of optimal modulation methods for low- and medium-voltage variable speed drive systems, i.e., power converters driving an electrical machine as well as power converters connected to the grid.  
  2. Development of software tools that will facilitate the previous goal.   

As a Doctoral Researcher you will first develop and test the modulation methods in a simulation environment such as Matlab. In a second step, the methods will be implemented in a hardware-in-the-loop simulator. Finally, they will be run on lab prototypes. The results will be disseminated, among others, in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, and doctoral network events.

The tasks of all Doctoral Researchers may include teaching duties that amount to approximately 5% of their annual working hours unless there are justified reasons to the contrary.


You need to have (or have before the start of the position) an applicable higher university degree in electrical engineering, or a related discipline in science or engineering. A strong interest in mathematics and/or optimization is very important. Moreover, experience in at least one of the following is highly appreciated: power electronics (power converters, variable speed drive systems), modulation methods (space vector modulation, optimized pulse patterns), embedded programming, and microprocessors. You also need to have an enquiring mind, enjoy problem-solving, and be able to think independently while also being able to work in a team. A very good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required. 

Successful candidates must be pursuing or should be accepted to study towards a doctoral degree in computing and electrical engineering. Please visit here for more information on eligibility requirements.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary, and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition, and learner-centredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of three (3) years, commencing in November 2022 or as soon after that as possible. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2 – 4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2500 EUR/month and it will increase during the studies depending on the progress (up to about 3500 EUR/month).

The University has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. The faculty supports the doctoral students by offering training and peer support. The University offers 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. For more information on Tampere, please visit here.

Finland has been assessed to be among the best countries in the world with respect to many quality-of-life indicators, including being the overall #1 country in human wellbeing. Finland is among the leading countries in ICT & Digitalization, from 5G networks to financial technology, artificial intelligence, and AR/VR innovations to IoT, digital education and health solutions. Finland’s booming gaming industry is led by companies like Supercell (Clash of Clans) and Rovio (Angry Birds). More information about studying and working in Finland can be obtained from the links.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is the 31st of August 2022 (23:59 EEST / 20:59 UTC). 

Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Applications should include the following documents: 

  • A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 1 A4 page);
  • A research statement (max two pages long);
  • Your latest CV (with a list of publications, if applicable);
  • Names and contact information of two references (can be included in your CV);
  • Transcript of records (master's degree studies)

For further information, please contact:

Associate Professor Petros Karamanakos, petros.karamanakos (at) 


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:

Power Electronic Systems -tutkimusryhmä hakee väitöskirjatutkijaa. Tutkimusryhmä sijoittuu Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunnan Sähkötekniikan yksikköön. 


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Väitöskirjatutkijalla on oltava tai hänen tulee hakea oikeutta suorittaa tohtorintutkinto Tampereen yliopistossa. Tutustuthan erikseen ohjeisiin, miten haetaan tohtorikoulutukseen:

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Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 31.8.2022 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2022-06-29 14:00Application period ends: 2022-08-31 23:59