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We are now looking for a

Doctoral Researcher in Molecular Magnetism

at Faculty of Science, University of Oulu.

About the job

The position is part of the research project Spin-Delocalized Lanthanide Single-Molecule Magnets funded by the Research Council of Finland and involves aspects of computational chemistry, molecular physics and theoretical inorganic chemistry. As a doctoral researcher you will be part of a multidisciplinary research group and work on studying and designing new types of single-molecule magnets utilizing computational and theoretical methods. In addition, the project will involve the development of computational methodology utilizing high-level quantum chemical methods as well as the development of theoretical models. The specific focus of the project will depend on the specific research interests of the doctoral researcher. 

The position is located at the NMR Research Unit within the Faculty of Science and the degree program in physics. The research unit consists of a multidisciplinary team of physicists and chemists working on experimental, theoretical and computational research on nuclear magnetic resonance as well as on computational and theoretical molecular magnetism. The research spans a wide field of topics at the intersection of physics and chemistry. The unit currently employs 24 people of whom about half have come from outside of Finland. The working language of the research unit is English.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.

  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits here.

  • Development and career options of the big organization.

  • We have a HR Excellence in Research -quality label which is a recognition awarded by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and careers.

  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.

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  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu

Who are you?

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you

  • A master’s degree in chemistry, physics or an equivalent field (applications are also accepted from candidates who have not yet finished their master’s degree but who are close to completion and can set a definite date for graduation)

  • Knowledge in one of the following topics: molecular magnetism, computational chemistry or theoretical inorganic chemistry

  • Fluent written and spoken English

  • See also the requirements of University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)

Experience in any of the following is beneficial but not mandatory:

  • Experience in using quantum-chemical software

  • Experience in operating in Linux environments

  • Understanding of coordination chemistry and the chemistry and/or electronic structure of lanthanide complexes

  • Programming and/or scripting skills

  • Ability to work at the intersection of chemistry and physics

Position and salary

A doctoral researcher selected for the position will by default be offered a four-year (48-month) fixed-term full-time employment contract by the University of Oulu. The selected applicants are expected to start their project between 1st of October 2024 and 1st of January 2025. A six-month trial period is applied in the position.

The salary of the selected doctoral researcher will be paid monthly. The salary will be based on the levels 2–4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The starting gross salary (before taxes) will be roughly 2500–2800 € per month for the full-time employment. Later the salary follows the YPJ salary system of Finnish Universities.

The employment contracts are based on a total working time of 1 612 hours per year, which gives the doctoral researchers freedom to plan their working hours.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 18th of August 2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system. Only applications submitted via the recruitment system within the application period will be considered.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing the applicant’s professional experience and expertise, and describing applicant’s research interests and motivation related to the research project. Also, information on other personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here.

  2. Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) of the applicant, including a list of any peer-reviewed scientific publications (with full reference details).

  3. Certificates/diplomas scanned copy of the original relevant master’s degree certificates and transcript of records if already available and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.

  4. A valid certificate of language proficiency if available.

  5. Contact information of two persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an online interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

We welcome applicants from different backgrounds, such as people of different ages, different genders and members of different language, cultural or minority groups.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact University Researcher Akseli Mansikkamäki,

Please note that there may be a delay in responses due to summer holidays.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment At the lastest 1 January 2025
Salary The starting gross salary (before taxes) will be roughly 2500–2800 € per month
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/312
Published 01.Jul.2024
Last application date 18.Aug.2024
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