Faculty of Technology, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

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 a

Doctoral researcher in Catalysts design for C1 chemicals production reactions

to join us in the Environmental and Chemical Engineering Research unit at the Faculty of Technology.

Environmental and Chemical Engineering research unit combines the expertise of process and environmental engineering, control engineering and inorganic chemistry to reach new technological and material innovations towards cleaner and sustainable environment. The research unit is composed of about 50 scientists, and offers unique infrastructure and environment for the research.

About the job

The successful candidate is expected to conduct high-level scientific research related to heterogeneous catalyst design, manufacturing, characterizations, and testing those to produce C1-chemicals and other products from CO2 via the green reaction routes using e.g., reverse water gas shift reaction (RWGS). The main tasks are to find, define, and plan the green reaction routes from CO2 to green products using the developed homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, as well participation in results dissemination.

As a doctoral researcher you need to be able to master a knowledge on the subject area.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits here.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. 
  • Our Buddy Programme  and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • We have an 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 liveable 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?

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you: 

  • Master's degree in the relevant field such as: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Applied Chemistry.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Sufficient written and spoken Finnish skills are found as advantage.

See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

We also appreciate

  • Transdisciplinary research orientation, and capacity to collaborate in research and research dissemination activities
  • Earlier experience in sustainability assessment
  • Experience in collaboration with industry


The position is fixed-term for 28 months as of 1.6.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

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. 2500-2800 € per month (before taxes).  

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 05.05.2024 (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 your 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 described here.
  2. CV (max. 4 pages) following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications (if applicable)
  4. Certificates/Diplomas including Study transcript of records (M.Sc. level required)
  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

Docent Mika Huuhtanen, Faculty of Technology, Environmental and Chemical Engineering research unit, mika.huuhtanen@oulu.fi

Head of the research unit, Docent Esa Muurinen, Faculty of Technology, Environmental and Chemical Engineering research unit, esa.muurinen@oulu.fi

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.06.2024
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/204
  • Esa Ilmari Muurinen, +358407733803
Published 22.Apr.2024
Last application date 05.May.2024

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