Faculty of Technology, Sustainable Chemistry

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 highly competent and motivated

Doctoral researcher

to join us in Research unit of Sustainable Chemistry at the Faculty of Technology.

The Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry located in the Faculty of Technology has 60 employees. The unit performs extensive chemistry research in the fields of 1) bioeconomy, and 2) inorganic circular economy. In the field of bioeconomy, the unit conducts research related to the utilization of lignocellulosic side streams as raw materials for high value-added products. The research topics include chemical modification of side streams to adsorbents and catalysts, conversion of side streams to platform chemicals as well as the preparation of biomass-based polymeric materials. Circular economy area conducts diverse research for the utilization of inorganic side and waste streams. Research topics are related to water treatment, fertilizers and recovery of precious metals. High-quality research related to Li-ion and Na-ion batteries is focused on cathode active materials, sustainable anode materials including biomass-based graphite, solid-state electrolytes and recycling of spent batteries. Collaboration with companies is intensive.

About the job

As a doctoral researcher, you will work in international and national research projects funded by different funding instruments. Projects are related to the circular economy, especially for the recovery of valuable elements from industrial sidestreams. You will be part of multidisciplinary research group. Your working place is located in Kokkola in the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius. You will also work in close co-operation with companies. As a doctoral researcher you will apply study right from UniOGS (University of Oulu Graduate School).

What we offer?

Who are you?

We expect from you Master Degree in the field of Chemistry or Chemical engineering and special skills related to the hydrometallurgical processes  - especially leaching and precipitation. Your working tasks are related to the selective leaching and recovery of valuables like metals from industrial sidestreams. Earlier competence in the hydrometallurgical processes, selective leaching of elements like metals and the experience about precipitation as metal recovery technique is considered as an advantage for the applicant.  We expect good written and spoken English and basic IT skills.


The position is fixed-term for period 4 years.

The starting salary will be based on the level 2 for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid. Starting gross salary will be approx. 2600-2800 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Submit your application by 2.3.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Certificate / Diplomas

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Head of the Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry, professor Ulla Lassi, ulla.lassi@oulu.fi, +358 400 294 090 

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Kokkola
County Keski-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/58
Published 06.Feb.2024
Last application date 02.Mar.2024
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