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Post-doctoral Researcher in Space Climate and Climate Science

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland (http://www.oulu.fi/university).  We are an international science community working in close cooperation with research institutes, companies, and the public sector. Together we form a globally significant research hub, relentlessly pushing the boundaries of known for a more sustainable and intelligent future.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher for the Space Climate research group within the Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit of the University of Oulu. Space Climate research group is internationally one of the originators and the leading research groups of the field. It recently coordinated the national Centre of Excellence ReSoLVE (www.spaceclimate.fi/resolve) funded by the Academy of Finland. The lively Space Climate group (https://www.oulu.fi/spaceclimate/) consists of about 20 people (two professors, a few senior researchers, several post-doctoral researchers and graduate students as well as many assistant students working on their B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees). The group is very international having members from several nationalities from different parts of the globe. We have an open, encouraging and relaxed working environment and an excellent track record of completed PhD degrees within the past 5 years.

Subject field and description of the position

The post-doctoral position now opened is a part of the PROSPECT (PRediction Of SPace climate and its Effects on ClimaTe) project funded by the Academy of Finland. PROSPECT is a highly multidisciplinary project spanning solar and heliospheric, magnetospheric and atmospheric physics as well as climate science. The project aims to develop new methods of predicting long-term variation of solar-terrestrial environment and the effects of solar activity and solar wind driven energetic particle precipitation on Earth’s weather and climate variations.

The post-doctoral position involves studying the prospects of using the space climate predictions to improve long-term predictions of weather/climate variations in seasonal and decadal timescales. The research will mainly involve statistical modelling and analysis of climate and space-based data.

The position also involves collaboration with and supervision of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD students.

We offer an interesting and versatile position in a novel, multi-disciplinary project combining solar-terrestrial science with atmospheric/climate science, as well as the possibility to develop professionally in a supportive and enthusiastic environment. Furthermore, the University of Oulu offers the working benefits typical of a large organization with flexible working hours, excellent work-life balance and occupational healthcare services.

The position will be filled for two years starting on 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Required qualifications and assessment

A successful applicant must have completed a PhD in climate science, atmospheric physics, space physics, solar-terrestrial research, statistics or other related discipline. The applicant must demonstrate the capability to pursue independent research and write scientific papers with a good scientific profile and publication record.

Experience in statistical analysis of climate data and/or climate modelling is considered a strong advantage. Experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, C etc.) and scientific data analysis is also required. Especially experience in Matlab is considered an advantage. Fluent English, good communication and teamwork skills are also required. Furthermore, a demonstrated potential in acquiring external funding grants and teaching experience will be considered as a merit.

Salary

The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 on the demand level chart of the university teaching and research staff applied by Finnish universities. In addition a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Thus, in practice the salary will be roughly between 3000-4000 € per month depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by March 15, 2020, 23:59 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files:

  1. Curriculum vitae, compiled in accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae) (maximum 4 pages) and contact information of at least two professional references;
  2. List of publications classified according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/).
  3. Motivation letter describing prior knowledge and research interests and career plans (max 2 pages).
  4. PhD certificate: Scanned electronic copy of the PhD degree certificate. If the original documents are not in English or Finnish or Swedish, a translation into English or Finnish should be provided.

Short-listed applicants may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Further details are available from Dr. Timo Asikainen, e-mail: timo.asikainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

Post-doctoral Researcher in Synchrotron Based Steel Research

The University of Oulu is an international science university, which seeks and creates innovations, well-being and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The community comprises around 2,900 employees and 13,000 students. It is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary universities not only in Finland, but also in the Northern Countries. The new strategy of the University of Oulu is directed at global challenges in 5 focus areas, see http://www.oulu.fi/university.

The postdoctoral position is part of the University of Oulu profiling program “Genome of Steel: Physics for strong, tough and sustainable steel”, which is in the strategic focus area “Creating sustainability by materials and systems”. The position is in the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO, www.nanomo.fi) in the Faculty of Science and is connected to the unit’s participation in the Center for Advanced Steel Research (CASR) (http://www.oulu.fi/casr/).

NANOMO (www.oulu.fi/nanomo) is a highly international research environment presently formed by 4 prof./tenure track PI’s  and around 50 other researchers. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs and ERDF funds, the Academy of Finland and the China Scholarship Council. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV synchrotron facility and contributes to the EU-XFEL project.  The research topics include electronic structure research especially in clusters and nanoparticles, atmospheric research, functional materials (steel, CO2 negative materials, nanocatalytes for sustainability), biomedical research, mesoscopic quantum structures in materials, and physics didactics research.

The position is a fixed 18-month position, starting 1st of May 2020 at the earliest. The exact starting date is negotiable.

Subject field and description of the position

The position is on physics of steel through cutting-edge characterizations at international photon sources. The research is on effects of microstructural evolutions, phase transformations, and electronic structures of steel and related alloys.

Main responsibilities of the position comprise synchrotron determinations of structures subjected to thermomechanical treatment, and in situ characterizations of structural evolutions for ultra-high strength (UHS) steels. The focus is on nanoscale morphology and the electronic structure. Experimental data will be interpreted along with computational results to reveal physical mechanisms leading to phase transformations in ultra-high steels, highlighting future developments for UHS steels.

The formation and role of non-metallic inclusions and phase transformations in steels, their accurate prediction and controlling during processing are the key focuses of the research in the profiling theme. The position is to benefit the forefront experimental methodologies, especially spectroscopy available at local and national laboratories, novel synchrotron radiation, and free electron laser facilities.

The appointed candidate will work in the international multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration network between the CASR and NANOMO, the Nordic-Baltic Steel community and international research organizations.

Required Qualifications

– Ph.D in physics, engineering, materials science or related area, obtained within the past 10 years

– Experience in experimental materials science and synchrotron-based X-ray techniques

– Experience in instrumental development

– Good communication skills in both written and spoken English

Fluent English and good teamwork skills are required. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, thesis supervision, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field in question, scientific work abroad, and other international activities. Further, familiarity with automation for thermomechanical treatments, teaching experience and shown potential in acquiring supplementary funding will be taken as a merit when choosing the scientist.

As a part of the NANOMO unit, the duties also include supervising M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

The salary will be based on the levels 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).

Apply online latest on 28 March 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time).

Please include the following attachments in your application:

1) A letter of motivation and research plan (max. 3 pages)

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

3) A publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland  http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/appendices-required/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/

4) Names and contact information of two persons for possible references

For further information, please contact:
Associate professor (tenure): Wei Cao, tel. +358 (0)40 089 7982, email. wei.cao(at)oulu.fi

Or

Professor: Marko Huttula, email. marko.huttula(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Saturday March 28th, 2020

Postdoctoral researcher, Northern ecohydrology


High-resolution data analysis to link hydrological connectivity and isotope biogeochemistry
The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with an Arctic Attitude”. More information https://www.oulu.fi/university/.


The Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (www.oulu.fi/water) research covers a broad area of expertise including hydrology and environmental studies. Our research unit is a multinational group working in a modern, up-to-date research environment.


Work description
The Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (WE3), is opening a 2-year position for a Postdoctoral researcher for research on northern ecohydrology – linking catchment connectivity to high resolution measurements. We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral scientist dedicated to combining field research and multi-scale data analysis of the water cycle. The selected applicant will work on research tasks in a project funded by ArcI – Arctic Interactions and Global Change profile area of the University of Oulu. Work is led by assistant processor Hannu Marttila as part of his Northern Hydrology research group.


The research aims are to better understand variation in ecohydrological connectivity and biogeochemical processes in sub-arctic catchment. The work utilizes several on-going high-frequency measurements (fdom, water isotopes, eddy covariance, etc.) and high resolution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based datasets. The successful applicant will use the novel data to link ecohydrology and biogeochemistry with emerging research methods, such as spatially distributed high-frequency numerical modeling and wavelet analysis. The work is closely linked to the Pallas supersite in Northern Finland where a group of 8 – 10 researchers including 2 – 3 PhD students and a senior researcher work on ecohydrology. The work is done in close cooperation with Ecology and Genetics Research Unit at University of Oulu including UArctic’s Research Chair Professor Jeff Welker and his team of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finnish Environment institute (SYKE) and several other national and international co-operation partners are involved.


Further information about the ArcI and Pallas site can be found from the webpages:
https://www.oulu.fi/water/node/63340


https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/hs/2019/06/19/featured-catchment-series-pallas/
Requirements
• PhD in hydrology, environmental engineering, soil science, ecology, geography or a related field of environmental sciences
• Broad understanding of hydrological processes and biogeochemical processes is advantageous
• Strong and demonstrated data analysis and numerical skills, and knowledge from programming languages such as R, Python, Matlab, etc.
• Strong English language skills both in oral and written communication
• Ability to work both independently and with different research groups and teams
• Good track-record of scientific publishing in top journals of the research field
Salary


The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 of the demand level chart (postdoctoral researcher). In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. Typical salary for a starting postdoctoral fellow is 3,300 €.


How to apply
Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted online by March 31st, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The eligible applicants fitting best in the expected research profile may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.


The following documents must be attached to the application:

  1. Cover letter (1 – 2 pages) describing the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position
  2. CV incl. list of publications; Follow the curriculum vitae model of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), available from https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s doctoral and master of science degree diplomas, or, if not available at the time of application, a statement from the applicant and their supervisor(s) regarding the expected completion date.
  4. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.
    The duration of the position is 2 years, beginning on 1st of June 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.

Further details are available from
Assistant professor Hannu Marttila (hannu.marttila(at)oulu.fi)


We are looking forward to your application!

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Post expires on Tuesday March 31st, 2020

Post-doctoral Researcher, Ultrafast Laplace NMR

The University of Oulu (https://www.oulu.fi/university/) in Northern Finland, with approximately 15 000 students and 3000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University are broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes.
 
The open postdoctoral position is in the broad field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), in the following specific topic:
 
Ultrafast multidimensional Laplace NMR (ERC Consolidator Grant project)
 
The position is located at the NMR Research Unit (http://cc.oulu.fi/~nmrwww), in the Faculty of Science. We are an internationally established, combined experimental and theoretical team of about 20 people, of which 50% with a PhD degree. We develop experimental, theoretical and computational research methods based on magnetic resonance phenomena and apply those methods to topical problems in molecular and materials sciences. Our particular strength is in the tight connection between state-of-the-art measurements and calculations. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in successful funding applications both at the Academy of Finland and in EU programs. We are a key user of the NMR laboratory facility of the University of Oulu, furnished with five high-field spectrometers (300-600 MHz) suited for an unusually broad variety of studies (wide range of nuclei, gas/liquid/solid, different sample sizes, imaging capabilities, diffusion probe, micro CryoProbe, remote detection, spin-exchange optical/parahydrogen-induced/SABRE hyperpolarization), two portable low-field instruments as well as nuclear magneto-optic instrumentation. CPU-intensive computational research is carried out mainly using the facilities of the national supercomputer centre (2300 TFlop/s total capacity). Local linux clusters belonging to the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure are used for high-throughput production calculations.  
 
Subject field and description of the position
The postdoctoral position is a part of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG) project Ultrafast Laplace NMR. The project aims to significantly shorten the experiment time of multidimensional relaxation and diffusion experiments and, at the same time, improve sensitivity by several orders of magnitude by modern hyperpolarization methods. This enables one to observe fast molecular processes in real time, and much lower concentrations become detectable. The method has many interesting applications in various disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. In addition, it has potential to contribute significantly to the development of advanced, cost-efficient, low-field and mobile NMR techniques.
The length of the position is two years. The starting date of the position is May 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the two-year contract.
 
Required qualifications and assessment
The successful applicant must have a completed PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field. The applicants must show a visible scientific profile. Significant experience in the method development of experimental NMR spectroscopy is to be documented. In addition, the project requires computer experience and mastery of at least one relevant programming language (e.g., Fortran, C++, Python, Mathematica, Matlab). Fluent English, good communication skills and good teamwork skills are required. Further, demonstrated potential in acquiring supplementary (extramural) funding, and teaching experience will be taken as a merit when choosing the scientist. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, thesis supervision, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field in question, scientific work abroad, and other international activities. As part of the NMR Research Unit, the duties also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Participation in teaching within the physics curriculum and acquiring research funding are naturally expected.
 
Salary
The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for university–level 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). The salary is thus in practice roughly 3500–4000 € per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.
 
Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application: 1) Brief curriculum vitae in English 2) List of publications in international peer-reviewed journals 3) Brief description of research merits 4) Brief (1-2 pages) research and action plan in English 5) Contact information of two persons whom may be asked to give a statement of the candidate 

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 29.2.2020.
 
The applications will not be returned.  
 
Interview
The top candidates for the posts may be interviewed and asked to present their plans for running the post successfully.  
 
For further information regarding the filling of this post: Professor Ville-Veikko Telkki, NMR Research Unit, University of Oulu, tel. +358-29-448 1309, email: ville-veikko.telkki(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Saturday February 29th, 2020