Faculty of Technology, Fibre and Particle 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 the field of dissolution-precipitation chemistry of inorganic side streams and cements to join us in Fibre and Particle Engineering Research unit at the Faculty of Technology.

You will join the Cementitious binders and materials recycling-group at the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, which is a successful and world-leading research group in the field of utilization of industrial side streams and low-CO2 cements. The multicultural research group consists of 50 people; 3 professors, 15 doctors and 24 doctoral researchers. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in attracting competitive funding including Horizon Europe and the Research Council of Finland programmes.

About the job

The position is part of Research Council of Finland project Advanced modification and characterization of the mineral residue surface-liquid interface (MINSURF). The project is related to the development of new low-CO2 cements and utilization of inorganic silicate side streams.

Your research will concentrate on dissolution-precipitation chemistry of silicate materials, metal-ligand complex formation reactions, and thermodynamic modelling. Your task will be to carry out multidisciplinary research with state-of-the art analytical techniques, including laboratory work, inorganic material analyses, and development of new experimental setups for dissolution-precipitation and surface chemistry investigations related to cements.

You will carry out research work within a research team and publish research results in leading international scientific journals.

What we expect

  • We are looking for a team player with solid research skills
  • Motivated and able to work in the laboratory
  • Master’s degree in Geochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Surface chemistry, Mineralogy, Materials science, Physics, or from other relevant field
  • Well-developed communication skills, self-organisation and time management, and good command of the English language (spoken and written)

We also appreciate

  • Finnish language skills
  • Experience with cements, silicate glass dissolution experiments, surface chemistry, or thermodynamic modelling

What we offer?

  • You will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area.
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can excel in your research.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits here.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • 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.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • Our  Buddy Programme  and and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy.  Read more about living in Oulu.


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 1.8.2024 or as agreed.

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). 

A six-month trial period will be applied to the position.

How to apply

Interested? If yes, please apply by 18.6.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Academic certificates and transcripts (in English)
  2. Detailed CV
  3. Motivation letter (in English)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5.  If available, English certificate

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 Associate Professor Juho Yliniemi, juho.yliniemi@oulu.fi.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.8.2024, or as agreed.
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/257
Published 22.May.2024
Last application date 18.Jun.2024

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