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Postdoctoral researcher in psychology

Faculty of Education

Position: Postdoctoral researcher in psychology

Time period: 1st February 2019 – 30th April 2020 (15 months)

The multidisciplinary research project “How Early Psychosocial Environment Affects Compassion: A 31-years Long Prospective Cohort Study on the Development of Dispositional Compassion” hires a Post doctoral researcher beginning in 1st February, 2019 (There is some room for negotiation regarding the starting date). The project examines childhood and adulthood factors affecting the development of compassion and whether genes moderate the effects of psychosocial factors to adulthood compassion. The project also investigates associations of compassion with well-being and health. The project uses population-based longitudinal data from the Young Finns Study. The data collection began in 1980 and included over 3500 Finnish children and adolescents from different parts of Finland. Several follow-ups have been conducted over 31 years.

The Postdoctoral researcher hired to the project will examine the research questions defined in the research plan using large multidisciplinary quantitative prospective data. The researcher analyzes the data with quantitative methods suited to the longitudinal data (e.g. regression analyses and multilevel modeling). The studies will be published in high quality international peer reviewed journals in English. The researcher will write the articles together with the project leader and with the project collaborators. There will also be possibilities to present the results in national and international scientific conferences.

The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to have suitable doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills relevant for the position. However, the position is focused on research and amount of teaching duties are minor. The work is conducted in collaboration with other group members and collaborators with the support of the project leader.

Good skills in English are required as well as experience in writing scientific articles in English and publishing in high quality international peer-reviewed journals in the area of psychology. Finnish language skills are seen as advantage but not as a requirement for the position. The researcher is required to master quantitative methods suited to longitudinal data analysis. Knowledge on the research themes of the project, such as dispositional compassion, personality and developmental psychology, including longitudinal development of personality over developmental transitions is also seen as a merit. In addition, knowledge related to stress, health psychology and behavioral genetics are seen as advantage.

The project has wide multidisciplinary and international collaborative networks, so ideal applicant is flexible and has excellent collaborative skills. The position is placed in the Psychology Research Team in the research unit of Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education at the Faculty of Education at University of Oulu. However, there is a possibility for telecommuting which enables working the majority of time elsewhere in Finland. That is, relocating to Oulu is not required. Currently, our group members are situated in Oulu and Helsinki and we have collaborators in all large university cities in Finland.

The salary is based on levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). For more information on the salary system at Finnish universities, please see http://www.sivistystyonantajat.fi/tiedostopankki/684/University_CA_period_2017___2018.pdf

A trial period of six months is applied to the position, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.

Apply online latest on 30th November, 2018. The applications should be written in English. Please include the following attachments in your application:

1. A brief curriculum vitae (max 4 pages) using the structure used by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
2. Complete list of publications (ten most important ones marked) compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/appendices-required/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/). Included should also be the total number of citations and h-index of the applicant based on Web of Science.
3. A short description of the most important research merits relevant for the open position (max 2 pages)
4. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant PhD degree(s). 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)
5. It is recommendable to attach contact details of 2 to 4 persons available for recommendation
6. Other documents the applicant sees relevant for the position

Further information: Professor of Psychology, Mirka Hintsanen, +358 50 569 5243, mirka.hintsanen(at)oulu.fi, http://www.oulu.fi/university/researcher/mirka-hintsanen

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Post expires on Friday November 30th, 2018

Doctoral student for Mobile Instrumentation and Wellbeing

Doctoral student for Mobile Instrumentation and Wellbeing
Doctoral student for Mobile Instrumentation and Wellbeing, 4-year position 2018-2022 in Infotech and Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu

The University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/english/) is one of the largest universities in Finland, with approximately 16 000

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. Infotech (http://www.oulu.fi/infotech/) offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures.  Under this framework, the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Doctoral Programme (ITEE-DP) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/dp/iteedp) offers doctoral training in Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Information Processing Science.

Applications are invited for a full-time doctoral student position for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.01.2019 in an Infotech research project headed by Adjunct Professor Denzil Ferreira in the Center for Ubiquitous Computing research unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Our work aims to explore technology-driven human behavior sensing and modeling, where we juxtapose methods from large-scale data analysis, sensor instrumentation, applied machine learning, mobile and ubiquitous computing to understand and study a variety of human behavioral and social phenomena in naturalistic settings.

The position is supervised by Adj. Prof. Denzil Ferreira, Prof. Hadid and Prof. Zhao and is focused on modeling anomalous human behavior via ubiquitous instrumentation sensing. The goal is to explore the contextual vectors that may lead to depressive behavior. We’re working with UCLA Depression Grand Challenge and the European Alliance Against Depression with the largest scale of depression patients (100,000+) and linking with 2 Infotech top projects: Prof. Zhao’s micro-expressions and Prof. Hadid’s vision-based physiological health assessment methods. Traditionally, emotional and affective data is qualitative or subjective (e.g., questionnaires, diaries). Micro-expressions could provide invaluable and timely objective data on current emotional state. Physiological health measurements augment emotional states with wellbeing and affective states. Both are correlated (e.g., we may be sick and therefore more tired or stressed), thus fully bridging with these Infotech top projects.

Requirements for a doctoral student

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 Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction or Mobile Computing. Experience in machine-learning, computer vision, and Android development are encouraged. Degree must have been completed with good grades by 31.10.2018 (or latest before the job contract starts). 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 Information Technology and Electrical Engineering 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 the selected doctoral student will be set on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration will be given for personal achievement and performance (max. 46.3%). The total salary for these levels (before tax) currently ranges from about 1985 to 3621 Euros/month for full-time employment.

Application

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 30th November, 2018, 23:59 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files:

  1. Complete CV containing contact information of at least two referees (Max. size limit of the attachment: 5 Mbytes)
  2. Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) describing prior knowledge and research interests and career plans (1-2 pages; max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).
  3. 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 Prof. Denzil Ferreira, e-mail: denzil.ferreira (at) oulu.fi

–        Concerning the general requirements and application procedures: Coordinator Mirjami Jutila, e-mail: mirjami.jutila (at) oulu.fi

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Post expires on Friday November 30th, 2018

Post-doc position about evolution in urban environments

Post-doc position about evolution in urban environments
Post-doc position about evolution in urban environments, Department of Ecology and Genetics, University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/english/), Finland

Project description: Cities grow globally at an accelerating pace. Environmental change due to urbanization is expected to increasingly affect the evolution of extant species, potentially in a climate-dependent way. Yet, the evolutionary consequences of urbanization remain poorly understood, which is a significant problem in evolutionary biology. A few specific and conspicuous examples, however, demonstrate that urbanization-induced evolution takes place, industrial melanism in moths being the classical example of urban adaptation. This project will use a macro-scale approach to comprehensively examine urban adaptation and its climate-dependency by using Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) as study system. The project focuses on four aspects of evolution in urban environments: (1) life history adaptations to urban environments, (2) adaptations to light pollution, (3) physiological adaptations to the urban thermal environment, and (4) the evolution of industrial melanism and origins of urban adaptations.

The project is financed by Academy of Finland. Principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Sami Kivelä (University of Oulu, Finland). The project includes collaboration with Dr. Marko Mutanen and Dr. Panu Välimäki (University of Oulu), Prof. Toomas Tammaru (University of Tartu, Estonia), Dr. Karl Gotthard and Dr. Philipp Lehmann (Stockholm University, Sweden), Dr. Peter Huemer (Tiroler Landesmuseen, Austria), and Dr. Tomáš Kadlec (Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic).

Duties: The recruited post-doc will participate in studies addressing all the research themes of the project. The responsibilities include field work (sampling moths from urban and rural/natural habitats across Europe), running laboratory experiments, morphological measurements of moth specimens, analysing data and reporting results in collaboration with the research group members. The post-doc must take full responsibility of either field work or running laboratory experiments on the occasions when these two tasks overlap in the project. Because the study species are nocturnal, field work will largely take place in the night time. When running laboratory experiments, working is necessary also on weekends and public holidays. The recruited post-doc is expected to teach at the department at most 5% of working time.

Qualification and selection criteria: Applicants must have a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics or related areas. The chosen applicant must have a PhD degree before the start of the contract. The recruited post-doc is expected to be highly motivated, enterprising, has excellent English communication skills, and preferably has previous experience on experimental work on insects. Experience and knowledge of lepidopterology, life history evolution, behavioural ecology, statistics, using the R environment, population genetics, or genomics is considered as an advantage.

Duration and terms of employment: The ideal start date is the 1st of April 2019 (there is some room for negotiation), and funding of the position currently exists until the 31st of August 2021 (i.e. 29 months). Depending on further funding decisions, there will be an option to extend the contract until 31st of August 2023.

Salary will be based on Finnish University Salary System and depends on the competence of the applicant. Most likely the (gross) salary will be 2900 – 3500 euros/month. A six-month trial period is applied in the beginning of employment. Health care is provided by the employer.

Inquiries: For further information, please contact Sami Kivelä (sami.kivela[at]oulu.fi)

How to apply: Submit your application online latest on Thursday 15th of November 2018 at 24:00 (EET). The application must be submitted using the electronic application form together with:

1) motivation letter where the reasons for interest in this position is clearly indicated (max. 1 page)
2) a full CV formatted according to the guidelines of the Finnish Board of Research Integrity (TENK; see http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
3) list of publications formatted according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (see http://aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/guidelines-for-complete-list-of-publications/)
4) contact information of at least 2 referees and
5) relevant certificates/diplomas

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Post expires on Thursday November 15th, 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD student, Insect Genomic Systematics Group

Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD student, Insect Genomic Systematics Group
The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 14,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment, as well as good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information: http://www.oulu.fi/english/.

The following full-time jobs are open in the Insect Genomic Systematics Group (https://insgensyst.wordpress.com/) at the University of Oulu, Finland:

1.     Postdoctoral Researcher

2.     PhD student

Project description: Taxonomy, and its central concept ‘species’ in particular, underpin all biological research and are important in numerous other ways for humanity. Despite its crucial role, taxonomy has long been suffering from a complication termed the ‘taxonomic impediment’. At the core of this impediment has been our inability to efficiently document the vast biodiversity of Earth with the available resources and methods. At the same time, the majority of Earth’s biodiversity awaits discovery. Emergent new and powerful methods in DNA sequencing technology have enabled the acquisition of breathtaking amounts of genomic data from organisms in straightforward and fast ways. In this project, genomic methods, particularly anchored hybrid enrichment (AHE), will be applied to develop novel approaches to define species boundaries under different evolutionary circumstances and with taxonomically challenging groups of species. The aim is to point the way ahead towards an entirely DNA-based taxonomy, and fostering the integration of taxonomic principles and practices into the genomic era. The primary model taxa will be Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and, to a lesser extent, Symphyta (sawflies). Sympatric, allopatric, parapatric, and asexual taxa will be considered, because the geographic relationship between species and mode of reproduction have great theoretical and practical effects on species delimitation. Influence of sexual pheromones, chromosomal re-arrangements, ecological differentiation and gene flow on species delimitation will also be considered. The research will be conducted with extensive national and international collaboration. The project is financed by Academy of Finland. Principal Investigator of the project is Marko Mutanen (University of Oulu, Finland).

Duties: The postdoctoral researcher will participate in material collection (incl. fieldwork), laboratory analyses, data analyses (incl. bioinformatics), manuscript preparation and supervision of the PhD student. She/he is also expected to teach at the department at most 5 % of working time. While studies will be conducted in a team, capability for independent working is expected. The PhD student will participate in 3 – 4 separate research studies. She/he will participate and is expected to gain good skills in fieldwork, laboratory analyses, data analyses, bioinformatics and scientific writing. She/he will be a leading author in at least two research papers. She/he will be supervised by the team leader and other senior core team members.

Qualification and selection criteria: The postdoctoral researcher must have a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics or related area. The PhD degree must have been reached before the start of the contract. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be highly motivated, committed to the project, and to have excellent English communication (writing and speaking) skills. Previous experience and knowledge of the study organisms, taxonomy, systematics, phylogenetics, genomic methods or bioinformatics is considered as an advantage. The PhD student must reach the MSc degree in biology (or similar) before the start of the contract. She/he is highly motivated and committed to finish her/his PhD studies during the funding period, and has good English communication skills. All above-mentioned experience and relevant skills are considered as an advantage.

Duration and terms of employment: The postdoctoral researcher: The earliest possible starting date is 1st of January, 2019. Optimally, the position is filled not later than 1st of March, 2019. The duration of the contract is 3 years (a short continuation to this is possible). 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 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The gross salary will be 3,100 – 3,600 euros/month. The PhD student will start earliest on 1st of January 2019, and not later than 1st of March 2019. The maximal duration is 3 years and 8 months. The last possible end date of the contract is 31st August 2022, so the delayed start will shorten the funding period. 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 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The gross salary will be about 2,300 – 2,500 euros/month. The six-month trial periods are applied in the beginning of employments. Healthcare is provided by the employer.

Inquiries: For further information, please contact Marko Mutanen (marko.mutanen[at]oulu.fi; telephone: +358 40 824 6749).

How to apply: Submit your application online latest on Thursday 1st of November 2018 at 24:00 (EET). The application must be submitted using the electronic application form with the following documents:

(1)   Motivation letter where the reasons for interest in this position are clearly indicated (max. 1 page). In the motivation letter, indicate clearly which position (PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) you apply.

(2)   CV formatted according to the guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK; see http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)

(3)   List of publications formatted according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (see http://aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/guidelines-for-complete-list-of-publications/)

(4)   Contact information of at least two referees (recommended but not mandatory) and copy of the MSc or PhD degree as applicable.

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