Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities.

We are now seeking

a Doctoral Researcher

to join our multidisciplinary research team to work for a new Infotech Oulu project “SAFE BIOMONITORING BY BIOICT INTEGRATED WEARABLES”

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research group led by Prof. Juha Röning from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu and the Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group, BISG. The Co-PIs in this Infotech research project are Professors Seppo Vainio, Valerio Izzi, Sylvain Sebert, and Ville Pimenoff, who represent of the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oulu, Finland. You will work as a team with guidance from the abovementioned research leaders. The work will be data driven, in the biomedical field based on large source of biomolecular data (e.g. GTEX), genomics (FINNGEN) and longitudinal cohorts (LongITools.org). You will also have some teaching opportunities. The team is part of the two flagships (https://www.genecellnano.fi/ and https://www.oulu.fi/6gflagship/).

About the job

Synopsis of the doctoral students (DS)

In view of its dynamic behaviour in the presence of multiples stress, the human skin is widely used to test cellular and molecular responses to specific treatments. Mirroring the biological and physiological internal changes in healthy and disease environments via the skin is the new revolutionary approach. The paradigm is based on the skin ultrastructure, consisting of keratinocytes expressing sensory receptors and producing sweat that is a natural reservoir of extracellular vesicles carrying wide range of biomolecules. The signatures of these EVs in the skin and its keratinocytes in healthy and diseased individuals are still to be explored. Therefore, the successful candidate will investigate EVs signatures from keratinocytes, sweat and EVs extracted from sweat using free-labelling methodologies such as Time-gated RAMAN, transcriptome, and metabolomics. The successful candidate will make use of the collected data to develop an algorithm enabling the identification between healthy and diseased samples based on their skin signatures.

What we offer

  • We offer you a place in an exceptionally talented research group, working to solve globally significant research problems.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • The successful candidate will receive also benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality, affordable childcare services.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.


Qualification requirements for doctoral students

We are welcoming candidates with a strong background in cellular and molecular biology, and skills in data analysis and capacity to program and provide AI/Machine learning for analysis. We seek candidates with scientific curiosity and skills in fundamental research and programming using large data, and AI/machine learning. The successful candidate will join a pluri-disciplinary team and are therefore requested excellent communication skills in English (oral and writing).

  • A successful applicant must hold a master's degree in a field relevant to the specific position. Applicants close to finishing their master's degrees will be considered eligible to apply.
  • Fluent oral and written English skills, good communication and teamwork skills are required.
  • Experience in academic writing and presentation skills are required.
  • Research experience in a multidisciplinary and multinational environment will be taken as merits.
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School


The position is fixed term for 4 years starting 1.6.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

The salary of selected doctoral researcher will be initially set on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is between 2200 – 2700 € per month for an early-stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.

How to apply

Interested? If yes, please apply by 30th of April (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system. The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

3) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland, 

5) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

6) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered.

Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Juha Röning, juha.roning(at)oulu.fi

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.6.2023
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City University of Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/221
Published 12.Apr.2023
Last application date 30.Apr.2023

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