Two Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) positions (Computational Modelling) in the Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio Campus

We are seeking two highly motivated and talented PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to work full-time on an Academy of Finland funded research project focused on ‘computational modelling in spectroscopy’. The project will be conducted in the Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage (BBC) research group, at the Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, under the supervision of Academy Research Fellow Isaac Afara and other senior members of the research team. The BBC group is a global leader in the biophysics of bone and cartilage, and consists of >40 researchers applying experimental, computational and clinical approaches for understanding and development of innovative techniques for diagnosis of joint diseases.

The project aims to provide a basic understanding of light interaction in connective tissues that could improve optical assessment of connective tissue in arthroscopic surgery. The primary tasks of the Ph.D. students will include laboratory experiments on soft tissues (e.g., articular cartilage), computational modeling of photon transport and interaction in connective tissues using Monte Carlo simulation, diffusion approximation, finite element, and finite difference time domain (FDTD) methods. The Ph.D. students will also be responsible for the preparation of personal grant applications, and other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Experience and Skills

  • M.Sc. in any of the aforementioned fields, preferably within the last 2 years
  • Working knowledge on approaches for solving ODEs and PDEs
  • Strong programming skills in MATLAB, Python, C++, etc. (the more the better)
  • Basic knowledge in optics and/or spectroscopy
  • Fluency in spoken and (especially) written English for technical communication
  • For further information on the positions, please contact: Academy Research Fellow Isaac Afara,, tel. +358 50 350 1905 (email is preferable). For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen email:, tel. +358 44 716 3422. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.




    Contact: +358 29 4451111 (Switch), email: bbc-l [at]