2012 - 2016

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Helsinki

Specialization in Computational Physics and Materials Physics


2010 - 2012

Master of Science in Physics
University of Helsinki

Advanced Studies in Physics (Specialization option in computational physics), minor in Computer Science


2007 - 2010

Bachelor of Science in Physics

University of Helsinki

Major in Physics and minors in Theoretical physics and Methodological Sciences







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  • Finnish - Native

  • English - Full professional proficiency

  • Swedish - Limited working proficiency

  • Spanish - Elementary proficiency

  • French - Elementary proficiency


Professional info


I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. I have been using X-ray methods to characterize the nanoscale structure of cellulose and other natural materials. I strive to critically evaluate the X-ray scattering methods I am using and to compliment them with X-ray microtomography and computational and analytical models. I am also looking for work opportunities both in Finland and abroad in the field of experimental physics. I hope to be able to combine experimental work, scientific research and programming in my future profession.

Work experience


Post-doctoral researcher
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.

January 2017 - 

Study of how the sound quality of electric guitars is affected by the choice of the wood material, with a focus on structural characterization of wood using X-ray methods.

Doctoral student
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.

March 2012 - December 2016

Study of nanoscale structure of cellulose in plant cell wall using X-ray and computational methods.


Research assistant
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.

June 2011 - March 2012

Research of natural materials using X-ray scattering methods and completion of Master’s thesis.


Research assistant
Advanced Magnetic Imaging Centre, Aalto University School of Science.

May 2010 - August 2010

Writing a Matlab routine for improving the resolution of function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

by coordinate system transformation. Quality control measurements using the 3.0T fMRI scanner.


Part-time research assistant / Trainee.
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki

March 2009 - October 2009

Scanning white light interferometry measurements for forensic science applications including collaboration with the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation. Bachelor's thesis.

Patrik Ahvenainen


Division of Materials Physics

Department of Physics

P.O.B. 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a)

FI-00014 University of Helsinki




Tel: +358 2941 50632



Working knowledge

Matlab, Python, C/C++, Fortran

Basic knowledge

Java, Scala, JavaScript


2010 - present

2010 - present