Faculty of Medicine, Population Health

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 a

Postdoctoral Researcher

to join us in the Research Unit of Population Health at the Faculty of Medicine to work for our stimulating pluridisciplinary research consortium Future School of Comprehensive Well-Being (SchoolWell).

SchoolWell includes researchers in diverse fields including social and life course epidemiology, biomedical data science, sport and health sciences, behavioural sciences, and education. Together, we aim at exploring complexity and development of students’ comprehensive well-being and means to enhance it at school. The consortium is funded under the Strategic Research Council (Academy of Finland) programme Children and young people – healthy, thriving and capable makers of the future (YOUNG).

About the job

The position is available from 1st of January 2024 to 31st of December 2025.

You will be using various types of data, focusing on national register data to identify drivers of inequality and to detect equality gaps in students’ comprehensive well-being, including mental, physical and socio-pedagogical dimensions of well-being. You will participate in implementing SchoolWell intervention, including data collection.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of SchoolWell consortium where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits here.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who are you?

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

  • Doctoral degree in the field related to the study theme. Doctoral researchers near completion can also apply. The degree must be obtained no more than 10 years ago.
  • High motivation towards data science in both experimental and observational designs. Experience in register data is a merit. 
  • Ability for independent scientific work.

The successful candidate will join an international multi-disciplinary research team and is therefore requested good communication skills in English (oral and writing).


The position is fixed-term for 2 years as of 1st of January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary will be based on the levels 5–6 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. 3100–4000 € per month (before taxes).  

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

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 24th of November 2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. CV, following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  2. Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here.
  3. List of publications (max. 4 pages) following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland 
  4. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English. 
  5. Contact information of 2 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, different genders and members of different language, cultural or minority groups. 

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Marko Kantomaa (marko.kantomaa(at)oulu.fi) or Dr. Mika Niemelä (mika.niemela(at)oulu.fi), Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/550
Published 31.Oct.2023
Last application date 24.Nov.2023

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