Faculty of Technology, Process Metallurgy

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We are now looking for

Doctoral Researcher in Process Metallurgy, Helios DC3

to join us in the Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the Faculty of Technology.

The Process Metallurgy Research Unit (MET) focuses on pyrometallurgical metal production and other high-temperature processes with the main emphasis on the production of iron, steel and ferroalloys. Research is executed in close cooperation with the metallurgical industry. MET also has a wide national and international network with leading research institutes and universities working in the field of metallurgy and related disciplines. At the moment, the key areas of research are circular economy and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in metal production by hydrogen reduction, electrified processes and biofuels. 

About the job

The HELIOS Doctoral Network will train 10 motivated and talented Doctoral Candidates (DCs) in breakthrough technologies for the hydrogen-based production of green steel, including both carbon steel and stainless steel. These DCs will be equipped with the necessary science capital and diverse transferable skills to pursue their careers in Europe and become the experts that our society needs to achieve the climate-neutral production of steel by 2050.

The position in question is DC3: Future EAF Steelmaking With Different Iron-Bearing Raw Materials. DC3 focuses on the development of an advanced dynamic model for the electric arc furnace (EAF) process, a key process in scrap-based steelmaking. As a doctoral researcher, you will be instrumental in enhancing our understanding of EAF furnace operations through the application of mass and energy balances, as well as the incorporation of modules for scrap melting, gas phase reactions, metal-slag reactions, and slag foaming. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply machine-learning algorithms to optimize the model parameters using offline information and validate the predicted melting rate using novel online measurements.

What we offer?

  • You will be a part of one of the leading research institutes in Process Metallurgy in Europe.
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor so that you can excel in your studies and research.
  • 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?

We expect from you: 

  • Master’s degree in Metallurgy, Process Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • The degree must be completed with good grades, latest by the start of the employment.
  • Good proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken).
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as a part of a team and independently.

We also appreciate

  • Knowledge of pyrometallurgical processes.
  • Experience in mathematical modelling, thermodynamic calculations and/or flowsheet simulations.
  • Experience in using programming languages (preferably Python) or programming environments such as MATLAB.
  • Good knowledge of transport phenomena and chemical equilibria.


The position is fixed-term for 3 years as of 01.03.2024 or earlier if possible.

The salary is based on the MSCA-approved scheme. The salary amount is €3174,22 per month (basic gross salary, before taxation and compulsory deductions for contributions to social insurance schemes according to national law). In addition, the candidate may be eligible for a mobility allowance (600 €/month, no coefficient) and a family allowance (600 €/month, no coefficient).

A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 10.12.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Curriculum vitae in Europass format.
  2. A motivation letter summarizing the applicant’s 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 provided here.
  3. Diploma and transcripts of records. Scanned copy of the original Master's and Bachelor's degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English. In case the degree is still in process, please give an official notification from the supervisor or faculty to address the estimated date of graduation.
  4. Recommendation letters, if available.
  5. Language proficiency certificates, if available.

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 Ville-Valtteri Visuri (e-mail: ville-valtteri.visuri@oulu.fi; tel. +358 50 4125642).

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 2023/575
  • Ville-Valtteri Visuri, +358504125642
Published 14.Nov.2023
Last application date 10.Dec.2023

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