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 

Doctoral Researcher

to join us at the Systems Epidemiology section of the Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu & Biocenter Oulu.

About the job

We are a world leading research team in epidemiological studies of population-scale metabolomics datasets and related genetic analyses. Our mission is to improve the aetiological knowledge, characterization, detection, and prediction of cardiometabolic conditions such as obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, atherosclerosis, fatty liver and chronic kidney disease.

We are looking for an ambitious doctoral student who strives for scientific excellence; we will teach you how to use epidemiological techniques to answer fundamental questions about how metabolic disease risk manifests in human populations. We expect to publish in top journals in the field and we will utilise the globally unique Finnish data resources as well as large-scale datasets from across the globe via an extensive collaborative network of leading scientists in lipidomics, epidemiology, clinical trials, and biostatistics.

This position is for an individual to take part in large-scale metabolic and/or genetic research of human metabolism in epidemiological contexts. We would expect you to have inherent interest in scientific research and basic knowledge in

  • human metabolism and/or physiology
  • human genetics
  • epidemiology

Your responsibilities would include

  • doctoral studies
  • working as a team member in various projects
  • independent statistical analyses of various omics-data

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic small team in which 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. 
  • 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 system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

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

  • A Master’s degree in natural or medical sciences
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Good IT skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Good communication skills and capability for teamwork
  • Basic statistical skills
  • Use of the R software (or willingness to learn immediately)
  • Interest in high-quality science

We would also appreciate:

  • First author publications in leading scientific journals
  • Finnish language skills


The position is fixed-term from 1.3.2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 31.12.2027.

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. 2400-2800 € per month (before taxes).  

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

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 18.2.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter (max one A4 page)
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  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.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Mika Ala-Korpela (Systems Epidemiology section of the Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu & Biocenter Oulu) via email: mika.ala-korpela@oulu.fi

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.3.2024
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/41
  • Mika Ala-Korpela
Published 31.Jan.2024
Last application date 18.Feb.2024

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