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.  

We are now looking for talented, innovative, and driven

Postdoctoral Researcher

for a 2-year position.

You will join the Cementitious binders and materials recycling group at the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, which is a successful and world-leading research group in the field of utilization of industrial side streams and low-CO2 cements. 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 Europe and the Research Council of Finland programmes.

About the job

The position is part of Research Council of Finland project Advanced modification and characterization of the mineral residue surface-liquid interface (MINSURF). The project is related to the development of new low-CO2 cements and utilization of inorganic silicate side streams. Your research will focus on the dissolution chemistry of silicate materials and on the interaction between organic ligands and silicate surfaces. Your task will be to carry out multidisciplinary research with state-of-the art analytical techniques, including laboratory work, inorganic material analyses, and development of new experimental setups for glass and mineral dissolution investigations.

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
  • Strong experience in cement, glass and mineral dissolution investigations
  • Experience in surface analysis techniques
  • Experience in synchrotron-based techniques
  • Doctoral degree in Materials science, Chemistry, Physics, or from other relevant field
  • Excellent level of English as working language in spoken and written

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

We also appreciate

  • Finnish language skills
  • Experience in thermodynamic modelling
  • Experience in glass preparation

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.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits here.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


The position is fixed-term for 2 years as of 1.8.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary will be based on the level 5-6 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. 3600-4200 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 15.6.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Academic certificates and transcripts (in English)
  2. Detailed CV with list of scientific publications
  3. Motivation letter (in English)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  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 Assoc. Prof. Juho Yliniemi, juho.yliniemi@oulu.fi.

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.8.2024
Salary 3600-4200 €
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/236
  • Juho Yliniemi
Published 14.May.2024
Last application date 15.Jun.2024

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