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Doctoral Student in Development of Biosensors for Glioma Treatment


The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees it is a vibrant international scientific community. 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 Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/university/.

The position is located in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and post-graduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine. The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. The research lines are carried out by 14 research groups. The Faculty has collectively about 200 employees and about half of them are from abroad.

Subject field and the description of the position
Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant primary brain tumor with a median survival time of little bit more than one year. High complexity of GBM requires development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches combining molecular oncology, cell biology, nanobiology, and bioingeneering. The project aims to develop such approaches by generating implantable 3D cell organoids. Various in vivo and in vitro assays, OMICS studies, molecular cloning and analysis of secreted extracellular vesicles will be applied in the current project. The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. Candidates with expertise on neurobiology and solid knowledge and working experience with cell biology and/or molecular biology will be preferred.

The duration of the position is initially for 2 years with the possibility to be extended for 2 more years. The starting date is July 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Required Qualifications and assessment
The successful applicant must hold a recent MSc degree in life sciences. Candidates whose master thesis will be submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as merits.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.

Salary
The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) levels 2-4. In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance.

Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English) 1) Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages) 2) CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees 3) Full publication list 4) Copies of relevant official degree

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by May 15st, 2019.

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Interview
The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience. For further information regarding the filling of this post: Dr Seppo Vainio, Professor, e-mail: seppo.vainio(at)oulu.fi Dr Anatoliy Samoylenko, Adj. Professor, e-mail: anatoliy.samoylenko(at)oulu.fi Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi    

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Post expires on Wednesday May 15th, 2019

Post-doctoral Researcher, Phase-separated glass for CO2-sequestering cement

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 14,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (http://www.oulu.fi/university/). The university is located in the city of Oulu, one of the World’s 13 ‘brain belts’.

The open postdoc position is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on synthesis and characterization of nanostructured silicate glasses. The postdoc will work closely with a team of researchers focusing on utilization of the synthesized glasses in cementitious systems and NMR characterization of the glasses.

The position is located at the Sustainable Inorganic Binders Research Group (SIB), in the Faculty of Technology. SIB in Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit(http://www.oulu.fi/pyokuien/) carries out research in the field of advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. The multicultural research group consists of 20 people, of which 10 with a PhD degree. The emphasis of research is on developing processes to enable circular economy, for example by using inorganic industrial residuals in concrete and advanced materials, or developing carbon-absorbing materials for the low-carbon society.

Subject field and description of the position

Cement is one of the major emitters of CO2, predicted to account for 25 % of anthropogenic CO2 emissions by 2025. To address this, we aim at developing new cementitious materials with negative CO2 emissions. Approach is based on developing highly reactive glasses based on silicate minerals. Generally, glasses made from silicate minerals have poor reactivity. However, in our earlier work, we have found that reactivity of glasses can be significantly increased by introducing phase separation during glass formation. Unlike in conventional cement, silicate-based glasses can be manufactured without CO2 emissions. Furthermore, as the subsequent cement hardens partially by carbonation, the net CO2 emissions can be negative, leading to CO2 sequestration.

The length of the positions is one year, from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.

Required qualifications and assessment

We are looking for a creative postdoctoral researcher for the project. The successful applicant must have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics or a related field, with very good/excellent grades, by the application deadline. Fluent English, as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required.

When assessing the applicants’ qualifications, issues to be considered will include the grades obtained during MSc and PhD studies, prizes received, scientific publications and presentations, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field in question and international activities.

The postdoc will carry out research work within SIB under the guidance and supervision of one or more of the senior researchers and publish research results in leading international scientific journals. Other duties include teaching undergraduate courses and supervising undergraduate and MSc theses. In addition, she/he may be obligated to participate in administrative tasks of the Research Unit and University.

Starting date: possible to start May 1, 2019 or as agreed.

Salary
The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on level 5 – 6 on the demand level chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish Universities. 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. The salary thus being roughly 3,500 – 3,800 euros per month.

Application Procedure

In your written application, please provide clearly the following information and appendices:

1)   Brief curriculum vitae in English (including list of publications)

2)   Scanned copies of degree certificates (MSc and PhD)

3)   Extract of the study record(s)

4)   Brief description of research interests, experience and motivation, in English

5)   Your availability (starting time)

6)   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 March 30th 2019. The applications will not be returned.

Interview
The potential candidates for the positions may be called for interview.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:

Senior Research Fellow Päivö Kinnunen, principal investigator of the project, Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, tel. +358 50 564 6642, email: paivo.kinnunen(at)oulu.fi

Professor Mirja Illikainen, leader of the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, University of Oulu, tel. +358 29 448 2394, email: mirja.illikainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Saturday March 30th, 2019

Doctoral Student, Design Research in Digital Fabrication


The University of Oulu in Finland, with approximately 15,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university, with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environments, and broad international cooperation (http://www.oulu.fi/university/).

Position description

A four-year doctoral student position is available at the confluence of design research and digital fabrication in the Design Research in Digital Fabrication research group of Associate Professor Georgi V. Georgiev at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to collaborative research efforts to explore the foundations of human ideation and creative performance through the use of digital fabrication techniques and technology. Targeted applications of interest include design creativity, digital prototyping, personal fabrication, design computing and cognition, artificial intelligence for creativity, conceptual design, interaction design, and human and social aspects of digital fabrication. The doctoral student is also expected to contribute to the teaching of BSc. and MSc. level courses on design research and digital fabrication.

The doctoral student will have access to the state-of-the-art Fab Lab Oulu (https://www.oulu.fi/fablab/) and a professional workshop with tools and expertise for building more complex devices. The doctoral student has a personal travel budget to attend at least one international conference every year. The doctoral student will join an international and multidisciplinary research community of researchers from multiple faculties and disciplines that collaborates on creating new digital solutions in sensing and interactions.

The earliest possible starting date is May 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the four-year contract. After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School’s (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Required qualifications
The successful applicant must hold a MSc. degree in computer science, HCI, design research or a related field that will be completed by June 30, 2019. The successful applicant should have basic programming skills. In addition to expertise and skills in design research and digital fabrication, knowledge on following areas will considered favourably: electronics, embedded systems, maker learning and pedagogics, prototyping, NLP. Fluency in written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.  

Salary and benefits
The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2-4 in the salary chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (6-50% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal experience, achievements and performance. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2450 € per month and it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

Application procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application as PDF files (to be submitted in English): Motivation letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum 2 pages). Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages). A complete list of publications where the three (3) publications most relevant to the position are clearly marked. Scanned copies of degree certificates. Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by April 15, 2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered.

For further information on the position and application procedure contact via email:
Associate Professor Georgi V. Georgiev
Center for Ubiquitous Computing,
University of Oulu,
georgi.georgiev(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019

PhD Student poistion in Structural Biology


The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees it is a vibrant international scientific community. 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 Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/university/.

An open PhD student position is available in the field of structural biology of extracellular matrix proteins in the research group of Prof Lloyd Ruddock (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/ruddock). Focus of the project is structural and functional studies of basement membrane proteins. The project includes structural biology and protein-protein interaction studies.

The position is located at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM) (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine.

The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. Research at the Faculty is carried out in 14 research groups. The Faculty has ~200 employees, and approximately half of them are from abroad. The research group has well-established international collaborative networks and frequent access to synchrotron radiation.

Subject field and description of the position
Basement membranes (BM) are complex networks, comprising many essential and often large multi-domain proteins. BM are involved in embryo development, tissue homeostasis and in a wide range of disease states including tumour angiogenesis, fibrosis, nervous system injury etc. BM proteins are poorly studied at the structural level. This lack of structural data inhibits not only our understanding of the normal physiology of BM, but also our understanding of the pathology of a wide range of disease states and our ability monitor disease progression and to make rationale interventions to halt or reverse symptoms of the disease, including cell-based therapy. The research focus for the position will be structural and functional studies of BM proteins. The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. The position is funded by the Academy of Finland.

The duration of the PhD studies is 4 years and the funded position ends on August 31, 2022.

After this, funding will be jointly applied to extend the contract.

The starting date is May 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Required Qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold an MSc degree in Biochemistry, or a related field. Candidates who have completed required courses and whose MSc thesis will be submitted by May 1st 2019 will also be eligible (thesis submission must be confirmed by the faculty/department). The thesis must be graded before the work contract can start. The applicant must fulfill the criteria for admission to UniOGS: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. As part of the FBMM, duties may also include supervising scientific research of BSc, and MSc students. Participation in teaching within the faculty curriculum is expected.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.

Salary
The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) levels 2-4. In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance. The salary is in practice roughly 2,300 – 3,300 € / month, depending on qualifications, performance, and progress of the PhD studies.

Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English): 1) Curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of at least 2 referees 2) Brief description of research merits, experience and motivation 3) Copies of the MSc certificate and transcript

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application system by 11.3.2019.

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Interview
The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience. For further information regarding the filling of this post: Prof Lloyd Ruddock, group leader, email: lloyd.ruddock(at)oulu.fi Tiina Hurskainen, HR manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday March 11th, 2019