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 recruiting a

Doctoral Researcher

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

About the job

The Process Metallurgy Research Unit 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 2020 programs.

The HELIOS Doctoral Network will train 10 motivated and talented Doctoral Candidates (DCs) in breakthrough technologies for the hydrogen-based production of green steel, including both carbon steel and stainless steel. These DCs will be equipped with the necessary science capital and diverse transferable skills to pursue their careers in Europe and become the experts that our society needs to achieve the climate-neutral production of steel by 2050. The position in question is DC9: Advanced Characterisation Of Hydrogen Plasma And The Related Reduction Phenomena

In DC9, we offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and talented individual to contribute to the optical emission spectroscopic (OES) research on hydrogen plasma smelting reduction (HPSR) of various oxides, such as iron ore. As a doctoral researcher, you will have a key role in characterizing the state of the plasma in different process steps by the means of OES and image analysis. With the training in experimental planning and conducting HPSR experiments, you will be given the tools to develop OES-based process optimization for the HPSR together with the experts in industrial OES applications.

What we offer?

  • You will be a part of one of the leading research institutes in Process Metallurgy in Europe
  • 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, latest by the start of the employment.
  • 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

  • Knowledge of metallurgical processes.
  • Experience in optical emission spectroscopy and/or image analysis
  • Experience in using programming languages (preferably Python, C++ or C#) or programming environments (e.g. MATLAB).
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and/or machine learning to interpret large data sets.


The position is fixed-term for 3 years as of 01.03.2024 or earlier if possible.

The salary is based on the MSCA-approved scheme. The salary amount is €3174,22 per month (basic gross salary, before taxation and compulsory deductions for contributions to social insurance schemes according to national law). In addition, the candidate may be eligible for a mobility allowance (600 €/month, no coefficient) and a family allowance (600 €/month, no coefficient).

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

How to apply?

Submit your application by 03.09.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Curriculum vitae in Europass format.
  2. A motivation letter 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.
  3. Diploma and transcripts of records. Scanned copy of the original M.Sc. and B.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. Recommendation letters, if available.
  5. Language proficiency certificates, if available.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Timo Fabritius (e-mail: timo.fabritius@oulu.fi; tel. +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 2023/315
Published 27.Jun.2023
Last application date 03.Sep.2023

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