Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Opto-Electronics and Measurement Techniques

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

Doctoral Researcher in the area of Biomedical Photonics at The University of Oulu

The position is supported by the doctoral pilot programme Innovative Doctoral Education Ecosystem for Photonics (I-DEEP), which is coordinated by Tampere University and gathers all Finnish universities with research activities in light-based technologies. The I-DEEP consortium is part of the Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN), a leading international photonics research hub dedicated to light-based technologies.

The University of Oulu opens a 3-year position starting 1.1.2025.

The thesis topic for this call is:

Novel platform for microvascular disease monitoring and advanced hemodynamics imaging using VCSEL-based technology. Contact person: Associate Professor Aliaksandr Bykau.

Qualification requirements

The chosen doctoral researcher will also be expected to apply for doctoral study rights at the University of Oulu Graduate School. Eligibility for study rights will be evaluated during the job application process. We are looking for an excellent candidate who must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Must hold a master's or equivalent degree (e.g., licentiate) in relevant fields. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply, provided their Master’s or equivalent degree is finished by August 31st, 2024.
  2. Must have achieved a good grade in their degree (i.e., at least 60 % of the maximum grade in both taught courses and the master's thesis)
  3. Must be able to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficient to follow doctoral studies.

We view it as a benefit if you are a highly motivated candidate with good communication, teamwork skills, capability for independent work, and organizational skills.

What we offer?

  • You will join a highly experienced research group with modern research facilities, working on strategically and globally significant research areas of imaging, digitalization, and sustainability.
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor and from the university´s wide variety of support services so that you can excel in your studies and research/work.
  • A competitive salary is paid monthly, which includes paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • 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 an HR Excellence in Research a quality label, a recognition awarded by the European Commission for developing researchers’ working conditions and careers.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.


Doctoral researchers’ salaries follow the Finnish university salary system (for teaching and research personnel): A Doctoral researcher level 2 – 4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). The typical starting salary for a Doctoral researcher is approximately 2500-2800€ per month (before taxes). The position will have a six-month trial period.

The position is filled for a fixed three-year period. The degree must have been completed within three years. The employment contracts are based on a total working time of 1 612 hours per year, which gives the doctoral researchers freedom to plan their working hours.

How to apply?

Application and all relevant enclosures should be submitted using the electronic application form by 25.08.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. Certificates/Diplomas Scanned copy of the original relevant Master’s degree certificates and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.
  2. 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, experience, and career plans is valuable to provide here. The letter should also include potential specific interests in (pilot, unit).
  3. Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, including a list of any peer-reviewed scientific publications (with full reference details). A recommended CV template can be found on the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity
  4. Research plan (max. 4 pages) Please propose your view for the specified research topic. The research plan should contain information about the background and significance of the research (you can use Impact Helper tool), a description of the intended objectives and methods, and a preliminary schedule.

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Applications received after the call deadline will not be considered.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Associate Professor Aliaksandr Bykau, email: alexander.bykov@oulu.fi

Please note that due to the summer holidays there may be delays in responses.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.01.2025
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/310
  • Aliaksandr Bykau
Published 28.Jun.2024
Last application date 25.Aug.2024
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