Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Microelectronics

The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary, international research university, with about 3,600 employees who produce new knowledge based on high-standards research and provide research based education to build a more sustainable, smarter, and more humane world. The University of Oulu community has about 17,000 people in total. Our northern scientific community operates globally and creates conditions for the emergence of innovations.  

We are now looking for

Doctoral researcher on first-principles simulations of complex alloys

to join us in Microelectronics Research Unit at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC) at the University of Oulu is a key player in materials research for electronics, sensors, and actuators. Our computational electronic materials team focuses on the computational studies of nanoscale components and materials. At the same time, the unit has vast experience in experimental research on electronics, telecommunications, and energy harvesting devices.

About the job

As a doctoral researcher You will:

  • Work on first-principles simulations of structure and vibrational properties, Raman spectra in particular, of complex multi-component alloys such as 2D material high-entropy alloys and photoferroelectric perovskites.
  • Develop machine-learning models for the structure and properties of the materials trained using first-principles simulations, and also contribute to the relevant method development carried out in our group.
  • Work with the local and international collaborators on comparing the simulated results with experiments to unravel the properties of these novel material systems and pave way for new and exciting applications.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic multidisciplinary team where you can grow as an expert.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • 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.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • 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?

We expect from you:

  • Master's degree and track record in solid-state physics or chemistry, or in materials science
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Good programming skills
  • Previous experience with atomistic simulations codes such as VASP or Quantum-Espresso
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 1.1.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2300-2600 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 30.11.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. Certificates/Diplomas
  4. 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 on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

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

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Assistant Professor Hannu-Pekka Komsa (hannu-pekka.komsa@oulu.fi), Microelectronics Research Unit, University of Oulu.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/559
Published 03.Nov.2023
Last application date 30.Nov.2023

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