PhD Student in Cancer Research


Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) is dedicated to pursuing world-class research and delivering high-quality education in the fields of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, medicine and health technology. We conduct internationally acclaimed basic and applied research.

Prostate Cancer Research Center (PCRC) is a global leader in prostate cancer scientific research. The PCRC has over 60 employees or affiliates devoted to excellence in translating basic science research to improve health care. Our highly international, collegial team includes experts in medicine, molecular biology, cellular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, image analysis and software engineering. We are now looking for a  Doctoral Researcher in biomedical robotics.


The doctoral researcher will be working in a project on personalized cancer medicine. The goal of the student is to build a novel robotic device for pathology diagnostics. The doctoral researcher is expected to participate in designing the device, building the mechanical and electrical systems, and participate in developing the automation software for the device. The researchers will be working as a part of a large team, which includes clinical pathologists, medical researchers, business specialists and robotics researchers. If you want to join a multidisciplinary team working on this modern and timely topic, please make a contact.


  • You have M. Sc. degree or will graduate soon (e.g. draft of thesis existing)
  • You have studies in one or more of the following fields: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, automation, robotics
  • Hands-on experience and ability to build things
  • Ability to work in a research project


The position is from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021. The starting date is negotiable. Extension of two years is possible, if the project is successful. Doctoral researchers are expected to graduate in four years. The candidate will be working on both Hervanta campus and Kauppi campus, Tampere, Finland.

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 a Doctoral researcher is placed on the job demands levels 2-4. In addition, employees receive performance based salary.

Tampere University offers many benefits to its employees, e.g. occupational health services, flexible working hours, high-quality sport services and affordable lunch opportunities on campus. International HR services offer their help with e.g. official issues in settling in Finland and Tampere. Tampere region is one of the fastest growing city areas in Finland. Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and a traditional centre of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech expertise and extensive knowhow in various fields. Tampere is also the most popular city in Finland for higher education studies.

For more information about living and working in Tampere and Tampere University. 


Trial period of six (6) months applies.


Applications must be submitted through the University’s online application form either in Finnish or in English. The closing date for applications is May 15, 2019 (at 23:59 EET) . Applications should include:

  • A single-page cover letter including your motivation to join the project
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Transcript of study records
  • Portfolio: examples of mechanical or electronic devices you have built in the past

Please include attachments as PDFs.

For further information on the position please contact Assistant Professor Veikko Sariola, Email: veikko.sariola(at), Tel. +358 503 625 732