Research Fellow in Physics

University of Tartu


Research Fellow in Physics

Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Physics

The University of Tartu is the biggest and oldest centre of academic life in Estonia - we have over 4,000 employees and 14,000 students. The unique intellectual atmosphere and fine living and working environment that characterise Tartu have attracted prominent scientists and experts for almost 400 years. Join the university family!

Duties and responsibilities
  • Carrying out top-level experimental (luminescence spectroscopy) research and development work in the field of optical and scintillation materials.
  • Participation in scientific conferences and presentation of research results.
  • Networking and international cooperation based on and expanding the existing competence of UT.
  • Carrying out applied research in cooperation with the private or public sector.
  • Teaching according to UT requirements.
  • Supervising students and PhD candidates in the field of optical and scintillation materials, synthesis of materials using soft-chemistry methods.
  • Seeking for additional funding opportunities at the national and international level.
  • Popularization of the organizing information work aimed at the public and various target groups.

Required qualifications
PhD in Physics or an equivalent qualification.

Required experience
  • Internationally renowned research experience in the field of experimental (luminescence spectroscopy) studies of optical and scintillation materials including publications in high-level scientific journals, being as a lead author.
  • Proficiency in planning and managing research.
  • Ability to attract private and public funding.
  • Previous teaching and supervising experience at least at postgraduate level.

Required language skills
Proficiency in English an advanced level. According to the Language Act, academic staff with foreign citizenship working in Estonia must have acquired at least B1-level Estonian language skills after five years of work. This requirement will be added to the contract. The Centre for Professional Development offers foreigners and their family members the opportunity to participate in Estonian language courses.

Why join us?

Developing internationally competitive experimental research in the field of optical and scintillation materials by luminescence spectroscopy and other methods.

Supervising students and PhD candidates in the field optical and scintillation materials.

Opportunity to work with the top team of the UT Institute of Laboratories of Laser Spectroscopy and of Physics of Ionic Crystals.

  • Employment relationship for an indefinite period.
  • Gross monthly salary based on a 40-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience.
  • Annual leave 42 days.

Additional information on remuneration
Remuneration based on UT salary rules.
Number of vacancies

Documents required for applying
  1. A letter of application to the Rector.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A list of research publications (if necessary, enclosing copies or offprints of more important publications).
  4. A copy of a document (including its annexes) which shows the candidate to hold the required qualification (with authorized translation into Estonian, English or Russian if the credential is not in Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, French, Italian, Ukrainian and Belarussian languages). A candidate can be required to submit the original or a certified copy of the document (including its annexes) showing the candidate to hold the required qualification. If the candidate has acquired the higher education in question abroad, he or she may be required to submit an assessment issued by the Academic Recognition Information Centre (the Estonian ENIC/NARIC) of his or her qualification in respect of the qualification requirements for the position.
  5. Other materials considered relevant by the candidate (a list of such materials must be included in the application or annexed to it).

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Start date 01.11.2024
Place of work
W. Ostwaldi 1, Tartu

Application deadline

Apply here
Additional information:
Toomas Plank

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