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Two doctoral student positions in Breast cancer genetics and functional modelling team

The University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/english/) is one of the largest universities in Finland, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/) provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu, and field-specific doctoral training is provided by its multidisciplinary doctoral programmes. Biocenter Oulu (BCO) (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/) offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures.  Under this framework, the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (HBS-DP) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/dp/hbsdp) offers doctoral training in clinical medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, molecular medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical technology.

Applications are invited for two full-time doctoral student positions for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.01.2020 in a Biocenter Oulu research project headed by Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs and Professor Robert Winqvist in the Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine.

The project aims to identify novel genetic defects predisposing to breast cancer and to resolve the molecular mechanisms behind this. Large patient cohorts collected form the genetically isolated Northern Finnish population are used for genetic analysis with the latest sequencing technologies. For functional modelling various genomics and transcriptomics approaches are used combined with gene editing, biochemical assays and cell culture based disease modelling (https://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/winqvist).

Two positions are filled and are supervised by Adjunct Prof. Katri Pylkäs and Prof. Robert Winqvist. The methodologies used in the research project include high-throughput sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, cell culture and molecular biology assays. Prior knowledge of at least one of these methodologies is considered as an advantage.

Requirements
To successfully occupy the position of a doctoral student, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) preferably in genetics, genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or molecular biology. The degree must have been completed with good grades by the application deadline 16.9.2019. Ability to pursue independent research and excellent writing and fluency in English is expected. The doctoral student position is intended for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who, according to the ”European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, is defined as a researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research activity, including the period of research training. Applicants will be either starting their doctoral training, or will have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled. The selected candidate will carry out his/her doctoral studies in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Salary
The salary of selected doctoral students will be initially set on level 2, and later on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2200 – 2700 € per month for an early stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.

Since this call is for starting doctoral researchers, the positions are filled for a four-year period, beginning on 1st of January 2020. A six-month trial period is applied in the positions.

Application
Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 16.9.2019, 24:00 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files:

Complete CV
contact information of at least two referees (max. size limit of the attachment: 5 Mbytes).

Motivation letter
(maximum 1 page) describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (1-2 pages; max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).

Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish (max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).

Other relevant information
The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Contact
Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs, e-mail: katri.pylkas (at) oulu.fi Professor Robert Winqvist, e-mail: robert.winqvist (at) oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday September 16th, 2019

Doctoral Student in FETopen MindGAP project

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14000 students and approximately 3000 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 
The FET open project MindGAP is aiming to characterize CNS originating Extracellular Vesicles from the blood of cancer patients undergoing therapy. The project involves EV isolation from biofluids and primary human cell culture, Characterization of EV surface molecule, RNA analysis (ddPCR and Next Generation Sequencing) and collaboration with other members of the consortium, in Portugal and Oulu. We are looking for a candidate with strong molecular and cellular biology background and interest for Extracellular Vesicles. Experience with liquid biopsy, Extracellular Vesicles RNA/ DNA, surface protein isolation, bioinformatics/ neurobiology is an advantage.

The duration of the position is from September 1st 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, ending in March 31st 2023. 

Required Qualifications and assessment 
The successful applicant must hold an MSc degree in life sciences (Biology/ Biochemistry). Candidates whose master thesis will be submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Good oral and written English skills, good communication and teamwork skills are required. 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 2) CV, including publications and the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees  4) Copies of relevant official degree 

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by June 30st, 2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered. 

Interview 
Most suitable 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 Genevieve Bart, Adj. Professor, e-mail: genevieve.bart(at)oulu.fi  Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi      

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Post expires on Sunday June 30th, 2019

Post Doctoral and Doctoral Student positions in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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 positions are located in the Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT), Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland (http://www.mipt-oulu.fi/). Currently MIPT consists of 11 research groups and it offers high-quality training in medical imaging, physics and technology. The Research unit is located at University of Oulu Kontinkangas campus.

Subject field
Cardiovascular diseases are the biggest cause of death worldwide, and almost half these deaths are due to ischemic cardiac disease. Fibrosis is a part of almost all cardiac diseases and fibrotic tissue is present in normal cardiac structures. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an important diagnostic and research tool for cardiac studies. We have developed and applied novel MRI contrasts without contrast agents to detect cardiac fibrosis.

Requirements and the description of the position
The successful applicant must hold a recent PhD degree (postdoctoral fellow) and a recent MSc degree (doctoral student) in suitable field including biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering, or other related field. Candidates whose PhD thesis has been submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Experience in cardiac MRI, working with patients, experimental MRI and programming are considered as advantages. 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. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the scientific community and familiarity with the research field.  As part of the FoM, the duties may also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students. Participation in teaching within the faculty curriculum and in acquiring research funding is expected (postdoctoral fellow). The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate.

The duration of the position is for two years.The starting date is Sep 1st, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. 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) level 5 (postdoctoral fellow) or levels 2-4 (doctoral student). In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance. Typical salary for starting post doctoral fellow is 3300 € and for starting Ph.D. student 2300 €.

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(s)

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by Aug 1st, 2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Interview
The top candidates for the posts may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience. For further information regarding the filling of this post: Dr. Timo Liimatainen, Project Leader, University Researcher, e-mail: timo.liimatainen(at)oulu.fi. Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi  

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Post expires on Thursday August 1st, 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher, Digitally Fabricated Interaction Devices for VR-based Rehabilitation

The University of Oulu in Finland, with approximately 16,000 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 postdoctoral researcher position with three-year appointment is available in the confluence of digital fabrication and virtual reality 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 research will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Steven M. LaValle from the Perception Engineering research group. The position is partly funded by an EU Horizon 2020 project focused on the design and application of bespoke virtual reality controllers employed in virtual reality environments for disability rehabilitation. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to collaborative research efforts to explore the hardware and software aspects of controllers for virtual reality through the use of digital fabrication techniques and technology. Targeted applications of interest include virtual reality hardware (controllers and HMDs) and environments, additive manufacturing, haptic devices, gaming, intuitive interfaces, and the rehabilitation and promotion of well-being through virtual reality technology.

The earliest possible starting date is October 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the three-year contract.

Required qualifications and assessment
The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering, additive manufacturing, or a related field. Candidates, whose PhD thesis has been submitted for review by July 31, 2019, are eligible to apply. In addition to core background in digital fabrication and/or virtual reality, experience in the following areas will be considered favorably: assistive technology devices, virtual prototyping, 3D scanning and modelling in biomedical context, material science, product development, HCI, and design engineering. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, acquiring research funding, and teaching are considered merits.

When assessing the qualifications, aspects to be considered include expertise on the research field and methodology, scientific publications, supervision experience, and activity in the scientific community.

Salary and benefits
The salary will be based on demand level 5-6 of the salary chart of 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). In practice, the salary will be roughly 3500 – 4500 € / month, depending on qualifications, performance, and experience. 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 (to be submitted in English):
1) Cover / motivation letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum two (2) pages). 
2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae).
3) List of publications formatted according to the template of the Academy of Finland (https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/), so that the six (6) publications most relevant to the position are clearly marked.
4) Contact information of two-three (2-3) persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by July 31, 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, Finland, georgi.georgiev(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Wednesday July 31st, 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