Faculty of Science, Nano and Molecular Systems

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

Postdoctoral Researcher (3 years)

in 2D-semiconductor-based heterojunction synthesis and characterizations.

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on the synthesis and characterizations of heterogenous photocatalysts built on 2D semiconductor matrices. The targeted synthetic materials are based on natural species and invented 2D semiconductors. The applied synthetic routes will be emphasized on but not limited to dry methods (e.g. pyrolysis or deposition), wet chemistry (e.g. hydrothermal techniques) and combination of both. The photocatalysts will be refined and characterized by the candidate through various experimental techniques commonly used in materials sciences. The work will be performed as a part of an international and multidisciplinary research team dedicated both to experiment and theory. The tasks of the postdoctoral researcher also include publishing results in leading international scientific journals, assisting in supervision of doctoral researchers, and participating in education activities and writing of funding applications.

Description of the research environment

The work is carried out in the Functional Materials Group (FunMaters) of Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) at University of Oulu. The group consists of one full professor, three postdoctoral researchers, four doctoral researchers and one visiting scholar. The group also has the EIT Raw Materials funding together with the ERC CATCH project. The research of the group covers a wide domain in materials physics, with special emphasis on photocatalysis, bio-inspired surface treatment, and advanced metals.

The NANOMO research unit focuses on molecular scale materials physics and novel applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The research topics include electronic structure research in nanomaterials, functional materials (e.g. steel, carbon negative materials, and nanocatalysts), biomedical research, mesoscopic quantum structures in materials, and physics didactics. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs, EU EIT-RawMaterials, and Academy of Finland etc. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV Laboratory synchrotron radiation facility and the latest national profiling fund of H2Future.

Requirements for the post

  • Doctoral degree in materials science, condensed matter physics, chemical engineering, or other relevant field. Please note that the degree must have been obtained within the last 10 years, latest by the start of the employment
  • Experience in photocatalysis for water purification and/or hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Very good proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as a part of team and independently

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

The candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications, suitability for the research topic, and potential as researchers. The following merits are seen as a strong advantage:

  • Documented knowledge in electro-(photo)catalysis, and immobilization of nanomaterials
  • Demonstrated experience in synthetic growth and characterization of (nano)crystals, data analysis and reporting
  • Documented knowledge in condensed matter physics, electronic structure of materials, microelectronics, and chemical reaction dynamics.
  • Experience in leadership and in managing a subgroup consisting of graduate and/or doctoral researchers

What we offer

  • You will be a part of a highly talented research group supported by the European Research Council Consolidator grant.
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can excel in your research
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
  • A 3 year postdoctoral position and salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): Postdoctoral researcher demand level is 5-6. In addition, a personal salary component based on work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Typical salary for a postdoctoral researcher is 3500-4200 € per month (before taxes).
  • The position is expected to start from 01.05.2023.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant appendices, must be submitted using the electronic application form by March 1st, 2023 at 23:59 (EET). The application shall be written in English and include the following:

1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) 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 described here.

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)

3) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (see List of publications - Academy of Finland (aka.fi))

4) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate 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 defense.

5) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the electronic portal will be considered.

Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

Research and academic issues please consult

Professor Wei Cao, the PI of the project CATCH



Administrative issues please consult

Professor Marko Huttula, Head of the Unit




Adj. Prof. Samuli Urpelainen



City of Oulu

The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre in northern Scandinavia and one of the fastest growing regions in Finland. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, cleanness, vivid cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Find out more about Oulu: https://www.oulu.fi/university/living-in-oulu

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.05.2023
Salary 3500 - 4200 € per month
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/78
Published 01.Feb.2023
Last application date 01.Mar.2023

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