Faculty of Science

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

9 Doctoral Researchers

as part of the Doctoral Education Pilot for Mathematics of Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (DREAM) at the University of Oulu.

DREAM will educate in total 100 doctors located at 7 Finnish universities in a diverse and multidisciplinary setting, encompassing applied mathematics, physics, engineering, and applied sciences. The doctoral researchers are trained by the experts on fields related to the Flagship of Advanced Mathematics for Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (FAME) in close interaction with companies and other sectors of the society.

This call at the University of Oulu consists of positions in the following Research Units with the respective fields of the degree outlined:

You can read more about the participation units by following the links above.

The research projects and your duties

We are searching for excellent candidates to fit the profiles of the participating units and their intended research projects. Each applicant will need to indicate a primary and an optional secondary position that they apply to from the projects offered in this call listed below. A detailed description of the projects can be found in the announcement: DREAM projects

  • RU Mathematical Sciences: Scalability of learned reconstructions for cone-beam computed tomography and applications in medicine.
    Supervisor: Andreas Hauptmann
  • RU Mathematical Sciences: Advanced image reconstruction for low-field magnetic resonance imaging.
    Supervisor: Andreas Hauptmann
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: One-stop shop MRI: AI-assisted combined clinical and quantitative MRI for comprehensive tissue characterization.
    Supervisor: Miika Nieminen
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: Future multi-spectral CT: reconstruction, artefact reduction and tissue quantification algorithm development with diagnostic scanners.
    Supervisor: Miika Nieminen
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: Accelerate and enhance image quality in cardiac MRI.
    Supervisor: Timo Liimatainen
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: Methods to predict and search radiation dose outliers in medical imaging.
    Supervisor: Matti Hanni
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: Enabling high-resolution hierarchical imaging of musculoskeletal tissues.
    Supervisor: Mikko Finnilä
  • RU Space Physics and Astronomy: Space weather influence on ionospheric dynamics.
    Supervisor: Heikki Vanhamäki
  • NMR Research Unit: Novel NMR methods for analyzing chemical structure and composition of rubber compounds.
    Supervisor: Ville-Veikko Telkki

As doctoral researcher in the DREAM consortium your duties include:

  • You will focus primarily on your doctoral studies and your research project.
  • You will participate in training events of DREAM.
  • Collaboration with industrial and societal partners relevant to the project.

What we offer

  • The support of the DREAM doctoral pilot and experienced researchers in the FAME flagship to achieve your research goals.
  • The opportunity for secondments with industrial and societal partners to gain practical experience.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • 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.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education and healthcare system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

You have or are expecting to finish your Master’s degree by 30. June 2024 in a relevant field to the projects, with very good or excellent grades. You are fluent in written and spoken English, and are comfortable to communicate in interdisciplinary teams. For further requirements, see the the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Further we are searching for excellent candidates with project-specific qualifications:

  • RU Mathematical Sciences: A MSc in Applied or Computational Mathematics, or related fields. Good programming skills are necessary. The ideal candidate also has a background in Inverse Problems, Physics and/or Medical Physics, possible knowledge of data science is a plus.
  • RU Health Sciences and Technology: Applicants have MSc (or equivalent) in medical physics, biomedical engineering, imaging, or mathematics or have studied these topics as part of your degree. Successful applicants are interested in medical imaging, image reconstruction, experimental imaging, X-ray physics where applicable, and/or data analysis. Knowledge on machine learning and AI is a plus.  
  • RU Research Unit of Space Physics and Astronomy: MSc in Space Physics or a related field. Good programming skills (Matlab and/or Python) are necessary. It is considered an advantage if the candidate has experience in using large data sets related to ionospheric research, such as ground magnetometer data and/or LEO satellite data. Background knowledge about machine learning applications is a plus.
  • NMR Research Unit: A MSc (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field. Experience in experimental NMR spectroscopy is a plus.


The positions are fixed-term for 3 years as of 01. August 2024.

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 20. April 2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. A brief description of your expertise relevant to the chosen project (1 page).
  3. CV (max 2 pages).
  4. Certificates/Diplomas (or a letter of your supervisor with expected graduation data).
  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 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 

Associate Professor, Andreas Hauptmann
Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences

Professor, Miika Nieminen
Research Unit of Health Sciences and Technology

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.08.2024
Salary 2300-2600
Number of positions 9
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/115
  • Andreas Selmar Hauptmann
Published 21.Mar.2024
Last application date 20.Apr.2024

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