Faculty of Technology, Process Metallurgy

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 looking for

Doctoral researcher

to join us in Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the Faculty of Technology.

The Process Metallurgy Research Unit (MET) focuses on pyrometallurgical metal production and other high-temperature processes with the main emphasis on the production of iron, steel and ferroalloys. Research is executed in close cooperation with the metallurgical industry. MET also has a wide national and international network with leading research institutes and universities working in the field of metallurgy and related disciplines. At the moment, the key areas of research are circular economy and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in metal production by hydrogen reduction, electrified processes and biofuels. The main external funding sources include Business Finland, the Academy of Finland, RFCS funds and Horizon Europe programs.

About the job

Fossil-free steelmaking is based on hydrogen reduction of iron and melting of reduced iron in electric arc furnace (EAF). H2-DRI, i.e. direct reduced iron produced by using hydrogen as a reductant, will have an important role as a raw material in fossil-free steelmaking along with scrap. Process Metallurgy Research Unit is looking for a doctoral researcher for the hydrogen reduction of iron ore and melting behavior of H2-DRI in EAF steelmaking. The goal is to increase understanding of hydrogen reduction of iron ores and the effect of C content on DRI melting in EAF process. The applicant is expected to have an interest in high temperature experiments and an educational background in process metallurgy, chemical engineering, chemistry or physics. Experience with programming and balance calculation software is an advantage.

What we offer?

  • You will be a part of one of the leading research institutes in Process Metallurgy in Europe.
  • You will have an excellent possibility to advance the development of new CO2-free production technology in collaboration with leading research institutes.
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor so that you can excel in your studies and research.
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and wellness benefits ePassi, covering sport, culture, and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

We expect from you: 

  • Master’s degree in Process Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics. The degree must be completed with good grades by the start of the employment at the latest.
  • Good proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken).
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as a part of a team and independently.

We also appreciate:

  • Documented knowledge of steelmaking and metallurgical processes.
  • Documented experience in mathematical modelling, thermodynamic calculations and/or experimental high temperature studies.
  • Good knowledge of transport phenomena and chemical equilibria in metallurgical processes.


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 01.10.2023, but the starting time is flexible.

The salary will be based on 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 (a maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary at level 2 will be approx. 2300-2600 € per month (before taxes), but the salary level increases to levels 3 and 4 as the doctoral thesis work progresses.

A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 11.08.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing the applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why the applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests and career plans should be provided here
  2. Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: a scanned copy of the original M.Sc. degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English. In case the degree is still in process, please give an official notification from the supervisor or faculty to address the estimated date of graduation.
  4. List of publications, if relevant.

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.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Timo Fabritius (timo.fabritius@oulu.fi; +358 40 554 6683).

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/313
Published 27.Jun.2023
Last application date 11.Aug.2023

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