Faculty of Technology, Fibre and Particle Engineering

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.  

Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit carries out research in the field of advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. The multicultural research group consists of 50 people; 3 professors, 15 doctors and 24 doctoral researchers. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in attracting competitive funding including Horizon 2020 EU and the Academy of Finland programmes.

We are now looking for talented, innovative and driven

Doctoral Researcher

for a 4-year position.

Work description

This position is a part of European Doctoral Training Network project CONTRABASS (DC Project 2 – “carbonation of magnesium silicates and synergy with calcium silicates”). Cement is one of the biggest polluters and responsible for 8% of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions. At the same time, cement offers an optimal carbon capture and storage (CCU) opportunity due to massive volumes and favourable chemistry.

Your research will concentrate on developing advanced cement-like materials, focusing on chemical reactions, microstructure and material properties. Your task will be to carry out multidisciplinary research with state-of-the art methods, including laboratory work, inorganic material analyses, as well as computer modelling. 

You will carry out research work within a research team and publish research results in leading international scientific journals.

What we expect

  • We are looking for a team player with solid research skills.
  • You must have a Master's degree in engineering, materials science, chemistry, physical chemistry or in a closely related field. Please note that your degree should be obtained within the last 5 years, latest by the start of the employment.
  • We expect you to have knowledge in laboratory and material analysis technique(s) (X-ray and vibrational spectroscopy and microscopy)
  • Experience with cement chemistry and computational modelling is advantage.
  • You should have good communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  • The applicant should comply with the mobility rules: the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date.

Scientific publications, thesis supervision, activity in the scientific community and practical familiarity with the field in question will be used as selection criteria.

What we offer

  • You will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area.
  • 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 free occupational healthcare, wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture, and well-being, and endless opportunities to develop your skills and competencies. 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 an 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, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.


The position is fixed-term for 4 years, starting 1.1.2024 or as agreed.

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. 2300-2600 € per month (before taxes).  

A six-month trial period will be applied to the position.

How to apply?

Please apply by 30.11.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system and by sending the application by email to contrabass.msca@gmail.com with the subject "Contrabass Application DC2". The DC project of interest must also be clearly stated in the Motivation Letter. Send the requested information in separated pdf files. 

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

  1. Academic certificates and transcripts (in English)
  2. Detailed CV
  3. Motivation letter (in English)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. If not native language, English certificate

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 Paivo Kinnunen, paivo.kinnunen@oulu.fi, +358 50 564 6642.  

Text edited 8.1.2023: application deadline extended to November 30th, 2023. 

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 2023/399
  • Päivö Kinnunen, +358505646642
Published 07.Sep.2023
Last application date 30.Nov.2023

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