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Postdoctoral Researcher, Integrated Hydrological Modelling for Water Retention and Optimal Crop Water Management in Agricultural Catchments

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/. University of Oulu has a wide academic base with 8 faculties and several research institutes.

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (www.oulu.fi/water) research covers a broad area of expertise including hydrology, water resources engineering and various aspects of environmental sciences. Our research unit is a multinational and interdisciplinary group of 50 researchers and doctoral students working in a modern, up-to-date research environment. The unit is a leading hub for understanding complex interactions related to land-water-energy management and finding ways for a more sustainable future. Relevant to the current positions, it has strong groups on northern hydrology, peatland hydrology, hydrosystems engineering, natural based systems, land use and climate change modelling and assessment. The unit focus on collaboration internationally with different disciplines and research groups.


Work description

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher with a strong ability to work with numerical modelling, data assimilation and ICT in hydrology and water management. The selected applicant will work in a strong team with various experts on hydrology, modelling, ICT and water management in Finland and with our project collaborators in Europe.

The planned research work includes development of advanced numerical hydrological modelling systems for control and assessment of plant water use, soil water, ground water, drain and ditch water level and runoff. The modelling utilizes high resolution data from array of ICT sensors which will be developed in the project. The model developed will be used to assess water management options and guide real-time control automation of drain and ditch level regulation and irrigation options and scheduling in small agricultural catchments. The study areas are near Oulu, Finland, and related to small agricultural catchments including small experimental fields with potato and grass cultivation on mineral and peat soils, respectively.

The position is a part of a large EU H2020 project WATERAGRI that has a specific focus on agricultural water management and nutrient recovery in small agricultural catchments. The position is linked to tasks related to “water regulation and retention in agricultural catchments” in order to increase crop yields and limit nutrient leaching and pollution from agricultures”.

“The WATERAGRI project is about researching the new frontiers in integrated water resources management of small agricultural catchments to improve both European agricultural production and the status of local ecosystems. Our consortium is committed to significantly improve agricultural water management.”

The specific subject areas of this position are related to research on:

–       Hydrological observations using different techniques (in-situ and remote sensing)

–       Integrated hydrological modelling using e.g. HydroGeoSphere and other models

–       Approaches for data assimilation and methods to improve model calibration and forecasts

–       Modelling of set-ups to control soil moisture, water retention and water impacts on surface and groundwater using drain and ditch controls

Requirements

–  Doctoral degree in hydrology, water resources or environmental engineering, or similar fields with good grades

–  Strong skills in numerical modelling, programming and numerical analysis

–  Experience with hydrological modelling, especially HydroGeoSphere or similar models

–  Fluency both in oral and written English

–  Good communication skills with a strong experience in scientific publishing

–  Experience in supervision, teamwork and teaching

–  Experience in project leadership is an advantage

–  Interest to work with hydrology, modelling, ICT and water management

–  Ability to work both independently and with different experts and research teams

Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria acknowledging the content of the job requirements: education, past research, modelling skills, publication record and previous work experience.


Terms of employment

The duration of the position is 3 years, beginning on September 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible). A six-month trial period will be applied to the position. Some teaching and supervision will be included in the work.

The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 – 6 of the demand level chart. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. The typical starting salary is €3,500 per month depending on qualifications.


How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by August 9th, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

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

  1. A motivation letter summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here (max. 2 pages)
  2. A curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), available from https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. A publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland                        https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/
  4. A copy of the applicant’s Master of Science degree and PhD 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
  5. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate



For further information, please contact:

Professor, unit leader Björn Klöve, bjorn.klove(at) oulu.fi

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Post expires on Sunday August 9th, 2020

Doctoral Student, ICT Solutions for Optimizing Agricultural Crop Water Use and Drainage Control

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/. University of Oulu has a wide academic base with 8 faculties and several research institutes.


The Doctoral Student position is joint project between two research units at the Faculty of Technology:

  • Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (www.oulu.fi/water) research covers a broad area of expertise including hydrology, water resources engineering and various aspects of environmental sciences. Our research unit is a multinational and interdisciplinary group of 50 researchers and doctoral candidates working in a modern, up-to-date research environment. The unit is a leading hub for understanding complex interactions related to land-water-energy management and finding ways for a more sustainable future. Relevant to the current positions, it has strong groups on hydrological modelling, hydrosystems engineering, land use and climate change modelling and assessment.
  • Intelligent Machines and Systems (IMS) Research Unit conducts research on mechatronics, machine diagnostics and systems & control engineering. Also, IoT-based solutions on various fields of engineering are covered. The IMS unit is made up of 15 researchers working together in several multidisciplinary projects. The unit works with remotely controlled well for automated drainage, water level and soil moisture regulation for water retention, drought control and yield optimization for potato production in particular.


Work description

We are looking for a Doctoral Student with a strong ability to work with ICT, mechatronics and programming. The applications are related to hydrology, agriculture and water management. The selected applicant will work in a team with various experts on mechatronics, hydrology, modelling and water management.

The work includes development of novel IoT-based setups for hydrological monitoring to optimize water level control and soil water regimes to limit runoff and maximize crop production. The work focuses on IoT-solutions with strong links to hydrological model developed and water management. The study areas are near Oulu and related to experimental fields with potato cultivation in particular.

The position is linked to a large EU H2020 project WATERAGRI that has a specific focus on agricultural water management and nutrient recovery in small agricultural catchments. The position is linked to tasks related to “development of automatic ICT solutions for water monitoring and regulation in agricultural catchments” in order to increase water retention, crop yields and limit nutrient leaching and pollution from agricultures”.

The specific subject areas of this position are related to research on:

–       Novel IoT-solutions for on-line and remote monitoring of soil moisture using different techniques (in-situ and remote sensing)

–       Monitoring techniques for soil moisture, water levels and hydrological responses during the crop growing season

–       Novel IoT monitoring of snow and soil frost conditions during the onset of growing season

–       Data driven modelling and control, including machine learning and visualization

–       Integrated systems for monitoring, communication and presentation of data for stakeholders e.g. via Apps

–       Set-ups to for automated drainage and irrigation controls

Requirements

–  MSc in mechanical engineering, ICT or similar fields with good grades

–  Strong skills in computation, programming and numerical analysis

–  Interest to work interdisciplinary to improve monitoring systems in hydrology and water management options for smart and sustainable agriculture

–  Fluency in both in oral and written English

–  Ability to work both independently in projects with different experts and research teams

Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria acknowledging the content of the job: education and previous work experience.


Terms of employment

The duration of the position is 2 years, beginning on September 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible). A six-month trial period will be applied to the position.

The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 2 – 4 of the demand level chart. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. The typical starting salary for a doctoral student is €2,300 per month.


How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by August 9, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

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

  1. A motivation letter summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here (max. 2 pages)
  2. A curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), available from https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. A publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland                       https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/
  4. A copy of the applicant’s 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
  5. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate


For further information, please contact:

Professor, unit leader Björn Klöve, bjorn.klove(at)oulu.fi
Dr., unit leader Toni Liedes, toni.liedes(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Sunday August 9th, 2020

Doctoral Student, Hydrological Process as Water Quality Controls and Limits in Peatland Agriculture

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/. University of Oulu has a wide academic base with 8 faculties and several research institutes.

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (www.oulu.fi/water) research covers a broad area of expertise including hydrology, water resources engineering and various aspects of environmental sciences. Our research unit is a multinational and interdisciplinary group of 50 researchers and doctoral students working in a modern, up-to-date research environment. The unit is a leading hub for understanding complex interactions related to land-water-energy management and finding ways for a more sustainable future. Relevant to the current positions, it has strong groups on northern hydrology, peatland hydrology, hydrosystems engineering, water supply engineering, natural based systems, land use and climate change modelling and assessment.


Work description

We are looking for a Doctoral Student with an interest to understand hydrology, drainage, nutrient processes in soils, nutrient runoff mechanisms and ways to control water quality with technical and agronomical measures. The selected applicant will work in a team with various experts on hydrology, environmental sciences, water quality and geochemistry, greenhouse gas emissions, modelling and water management. 

The work includes studies on hydrological processes using environmental tracers, analysis of water quality data, and testing of different solutions to reduce nutrient leaching and runoff including methods such as ditch level regulation and controlled runoff. The study areas are near Oulu and related to experimental fields with grass cultivation on peat soils operated in collaboration with Natural Resources Institute (Luke).

The position is linked to several on-going and new projects such as Nordic Center of Excellence BIOWATER and a large European Union H2020 project WATERAGRI that has a specific focus on agricultural water management and nutrient recovery from waste streams in small agricultural catchments. The position is linked to tasks related to “hydrology and nutrient leaching from agricultural catchments”.

The specific subject areas of this position are related to research on:

–        Hydrological and water quality monitoring in agricultural fields and catchments

–        Hydrological analysis of snow, soil moisture, water level and runoff using environmental tracers (e.g. stable isotopes)

–        Rainfall-runoff and nutrient leaching modelling, assessment and control

–        Integrated assessment of methods and ways to best limit nutrient leaching in agriculture and field cultivation considering also potential impacts on greenhouse gas emission (with collaborators)

Requirements

–  MSc in water resources engineering, environmental engineering, geosciences or similar fields with good grades

–  Interest to understand processes and methods to retain water and limit leaching

–  Experience with field work is an advantage

–  Fluency both in oral and written English

–  Ability to work both independently and with different experts and research teams

Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria acknowledging the content of the job: education and previous work experience.


Terms of employment

The duration of the position is 2 years, beginning on September 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible). A six-month trial period will be applied to the position.

The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 2 – 4 of the demand level chart. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. The typical starting salary for a PhD is €2,300 per month.


How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by August 9, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

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

  1. A motivation letter summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here (max. 3 pages)
  2. A curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), available from https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. A publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/
  4. A copy of the applicant’s 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
  5. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate



For further information, please contact:

Assistant Professor Hannu Marttila, hannu.marttila(at)oulu.fi
WE3 Research Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu

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Post expires on Sunday August 9th, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, Learned Image Reconstruction from Multi-Modality Data

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, modern research and study environment and extensive cooperation with international educational and research institutes. For more information, please visit https://www.oulu.fi/university/.


The Inverse Problems Group
at the University of Oulu is announcing an open Postdoctoral Researcher position on Learned image reconstruction from multi-modality data. The position is located at the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences, which has an internationally strong position at the forefront of research in its focus areas. The Inverse Problems Group within the Research Unit is a member of the Finnish Center of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland: CoE in Inverse Modelling and Imaging (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/centre-of-excellence-of-inverse-modelling-and-imaging).

The position is for 18 months and it is part of the Tandem Forest Values research programme, which is funded by the Academy of Finland. The position is aimed to start October 2020.


Subject field and description

The position is part of a bilateral collaboration with researchers at LUT University (Lappeenranta, Finland) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). The overall goal is to develop theory and algorithms for image guided optimization of the sawline in processing of forest logs. The position includes research into theory and development of algorithms for 3D reconstruction from multi-modality measurements, such as X-ray and optical surface scans. The reconstruction step is done in the larger framework of learned image reconstruction, understood as the combination of data driven methods (deep neural networks) and handcrafted physics models. The large-scale nature of the reconstruction problem coupled with the time-critical nature of the use requires algorithms that not only execute fast but also minimize memory footprint.

The research will be pursued at the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Oulu in close collaboration with researchers at LUT University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Within the project, you will have access to expertise in forestry and unique processing data from the sawline. You will also benefit from the strong research environments within the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging.


Duties

The new postdoc will be responsible for developing research, teaching and supervision of the Research Unit. Teaching duties will be approx. 20% of the working time.


Eligibility

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in mathematical sciences, signal processing, computer science, or computational physics/engineering that has been awarded (or planned to be awarded) before the commencement of the position. The candidate should have a strong background from machine learning or signal/image processing, preferably in the context of image processing or tomographic image reconstruction. The candidate should also have experience from software development in scientific computing using Python and/or C/C++ in the context of machine learning. Finally, a successful applicant must be strongly motivated and have the capability to work independently as well as in collaboration with members of the research group.


Grounds of assessment

Special emphasis will be given to research expertise within the subject field, demonstrated by an international publications record. Pedagogical expertise, including teaching experience, pedagogical training and the skill to create teaching material will be considered. Work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.


Salary

The salary will be based on levels 5 – 6, of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance with a maximum of 50% of the basic salary. The full salary is approximately 3,400 – 4,300 euros per month.


Application

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 7th of August 2020. Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language documents:

1) Brief curriculum vitae, compiled in accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

2) List of publications

3) Brief motivation letter summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why the applicant is interested in about this position

Further information

Assistant Professor Andreas Hauptmann, andreas.hauptmann (at) oulu.fi

About Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, with a population of over 200,000. Located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulu River delta, the city has good access from anywhere. Oulu is a very safe and family friendly community with one of the highest qualities of life in all of Nordic countries. As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce and the University has a strong role in the community.

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Post expires on Friday August 7th, 2020

Multiple short-term doctoral student positions in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme

The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovations for the future through its multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with various research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that is changing the world. The University of Oulu has 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees.

Multiple funded short-term doctoral student positions in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme available for application

University of Oulu is now hiring highly motivated candidates for doctoral student positions in the doctoral programmes of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS). There are multiple short-term (3-6 months) positions available in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (DP-HBS)

Successful candidates must commit to researcher training within Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme with full-time work and to completing their degree within four years.

DP-HBS gathers clinical medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, molecular medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical technology and biology under the umbrella of a multidisciplinary training programme. As one of the four multidisciplinary doctoral programmes of the University of Oulu Graduate School, DP-HBS is a fundamental part of the University of Oulu strategic research focus area “Molecular and environmental basis of life-long health” and it will strengthen the systematic and already strong research training and collaboration in this field. DP-HBS operates in close connection with Medical Research Center Oulu (MRC Oulu) and Biocenter Oulu (BCO), and the research environment of the doctoral students spans over several faculties, predominantly the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. The number of doctoral students in DP-HBS is over 600. There are max 10 full-time, two to three -year positions available in DP-HBS for 2021-2023 (see the corresponding call). Within the HBS programme, it is possible also to apply for a shorter period of time than three years, including 3-6 months positions for 2021 (this call).

Please note that you can only apply either long-term (2-3 year) or short-term (3-6 months) position, but not both.

Requirements

An eligible candidate has a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree in a field relevant to the applied field. The degree must have been completed before the selection with at least good grades. The priority will be given to professionals in the field of Health and Biosciences and with a degree of Licentiate of Medicine, Licentiate of Dentistry or Master of Health Sciences. Selected candidates must meet all the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

In student selection, priority will be given to such doctoral students whose supervisor is not receiving strategic spearhead or emerging funding related to doctoral training from the University of Oulu during the applicable term, i.e. 2021 onwards. 

The major subject of the doctoral student is expected to be in the Doctoral Degree Programme of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry or Biology.

Prior to submitting, applicants are expected to have or find a prospective main supervisor in an eligible research unit. Applicants are advised to seek potential supervisors in the faculty web pages or the research focus area web pages. The proposed main supervisor must clearly be identified in the application form (full name, title, position, faculty and research unit at the University of Oulu). A letter from the proposed supervisor willing to commit for supervision must be attached into the applicant’s set of documents (see below).

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the commitment letter does not bind the proposed supervisor to any commitment, if the applicant is not selected into the doctoral student position applied here and for which the letter of support was provided.

Salary and key terms

The salary level of selected doctoral students will vary on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities according to the progress of the PhD thesis. 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.

The positions are filled at the earliest on 1 January 2021.

How to apply

Submit your application in English through the online system by 16 August 2020. Please include the following attachments as five separate pdf files (please note that the online system has a maximum size limit for attachments):

  1. CV: Including a list of all peer-reviewed scientific publications with full reference details.
  2. Motivation letter: Describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plan (max 1 page).
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into Finnish or English.
  4. Research plan approved by the supervisor: Please follow the structure given in the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/research-plan-structure/structure-of-research-plan-academy-research-fellow-funding/) However, for the current purpose, the texts under the given section headings need not cover all bullet points in the guidelines, and the maximum length of the (draft) plan’s body of text must not exceed 3 pages with 10-12 point font size and with at least 1,5 cm margins. A fourth page can be used for the list of references only. Thus, the max total length of the plan including the references is 4 pages. Exceeding the page limit will either result in disqualification or removal of the extra pages from the document.
  5. Letter of provisional commitment from the supervisor (max 1 page): This is a brief letter (with date and signature) where an eligible supervisor (either a professor or a docent level researcher who is employed by the University of Oulu) states his/her willingness to act as the supervisor for the applicant. The commitment letter must clearly indicate the University of Oulu’s Research unit, to which the supervisor is affiliated. As the funding provided via this call does not cover all salary related costs the commitment letter must also clearly indicate that the research unit will hire the candidate for full-time work and it will cover all salary-based costs from its, own budget.

Applications received after the deadline, incomplete applications, and/or applications with attachments that exceed the specified limits, will not be considered.

Application and evaluation process

Evaluation and ranking of the applications will take place in multiple stages. First, ineligible or incomplete applications are rejected. Second, eligible and complete applications are evaluated and ranked by the external evaluation panel. Third, applications with highest scores from the second round will be further evaluated and ranked by the corresponding Doctoral Training Committee. Finally, University of Oulu Graduate School deans will consolidate the evaluation results and make the final decision for the positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

Further information

For information about eligibility and degree requirements, see the Graduate School website: https://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/

About the evaluation process: DP-HBS coordinator Mirja Peltola (firstname.lastname@oulu.fi).

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Post expires on Sunday August 16th, 2020

Multiple doctoral student positions in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme

The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovations for the future through its multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with various research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that is changing the world. The University of Oulu has 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees.

Multiple funded doctoral student positions in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme available for application

University of Oulu is now hiring highly motivated candidates for doctoral student positions in the doctoral programmes of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS). There are multiple positions available in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (DP-HBS)

Successful candidates must commit to researcher training within Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme with full-time work and to completing their degree within four years.

DP-HBS gathers clinical medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, molecular medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical technology and biology under the umbrella of a multidisciplinary training programme. As one of the four multidisciplinary doctoral programmes of the University of Oulu Graduate School, DP-HBS is a fundamental part of the University of Oulu strategic research focus area “Molecular and environmental basis of life-long health” and it will strengthen the systematic and already strong research training and collaboration in this field. DP-HBS operates in close connection with Medical Research Center Oulu (MRC Oulu) and Biocenter Oulu (BCO), and the research environment of the doctoral students spans over several faculties, predominantly the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. The number of doctoral students in DP-HBS is over 600. There are max 10 full-time, two to three -year positions available in DP-HBS for 2021-2023 (this call). Depending on the stage of the candidate’s dissertation project, the employment contract can be made for 2-3 years. Within the HBS programme, it is possible to apply also for a shorter period of time than three years, including 3-6 months positions for 2021 (the number of these short-term positions has not been pre-defined) (see the corresponding call).

Please note that you can only apply either long-term (2-3 year) or short-term (3-6 months) position, but not both.

Requirements

An eligible candidate has a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree in a field relevant to the applied field. The degree must have been completed before the selection with at least good grades. Selected candidates must meet all the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in:  

http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

In student selection, priority will be given to such doctoral students whose supervisor is not receiving strategic spearhead or emerging funding related to doctoral training from the University of Oulu during the applicable term, i.e. 2021 onwards.

The major subject of the doctoral student is expected to be in the Doctoral Degree Programme of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry or Biology.

Prior to submitting, applicants are expected to have or find a prospective main supervisor in an eligible research unit. Applicants are advised to seek potential supervisors in the faculty web pages or the research focus area web pages. The proposed main supervisor must clearly be identified in the application form (full name, title, position, faculty and research unit at the University of Oulu). A letter from the proposed supervisor willing to commit for supervision must be attached into the applicant’s set of documents (see below).

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the commitment letter does not bind the proposed supervisor to any commitment, if the applicant is not selected into the doctoral student position applied here and for which the letter of support was provided.

Salary and key terms

The salary level of selected doctoral students will vary on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities according to the progress of the PhD thesis. 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.

The positions are filled for a two to three -year period, beginning at the earliest on 1 January 2021. A six-month trial period is applied in the positions.

How to apply

Submit your application in English through the online system by 16 August 2020. Please include the following attachments as five separate pdf files (please note that the online system has a maximum size limit for attachments):

  1. CV: Including a list of all peer-reviewed scientific publications with full reference details.
  2. Motivation letter: Describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plan (max 1 page).
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into Finnish or English.
  4. Research plan approved by the supervisor: Please follow the structure given in the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/research-plan-structure/structure-of-research-plan-academy-research-fellow-funding/) However, for the current purpose, the texts under the given section headings need not cover all bullet points in the guidelines, and the maximum length of the (draft) plan’s body of text must not exceed 3 pages with 10-12 point font size and with at least 1,5 cm margins. A fourth page can be used for the list of references only. Thus, the max total length of the plan including the references is 4 pages. Exceeding the page limit will either result in disqualification or removal of the extra pages from the document.
  5. Letter of provisional commitment from the supervisor (max 1 page): This is a brief letter (with date and signature) where an eligible supervisor (either a professor or a docent level researcher who is employed by the University of Oulu) states his/her willingness to act as the supervisor for the applicant. The commitment letter must clearly indicate the University of Oulu’s Research unit, to which the supervisor is affiliated. As the funding provided via this call does not cover all salary related costs the commitment letter must also clearly indicate that the research unit will hire the candidate for full-time work and it will cover all salary-based costs from its, own budget.

Applications received after the deadline, incomplete applications, and/or applications with attachments that exceed the specified limits, will not be considered.

Application and evaluation process

Evaluation and ranking of the applications will take place in multiple stages. First, ineligible or incomplete applications are rejected. Second, eligible and complete applications are evaluated and ranked by the external evaluation panel. Third, applications with highest scores from the second round will be further evaluated and ranked by the corresponding Doctoral Training Committee. Finally, University of Oulu Graduate School deans will consolidate the evaluation results and make the final decision for the positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

Further information

For information about eligibility and degree requirements, see the Graduate School website: https://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/

About the evaluation process: DP-HBS coordinator Mirja Peltola (firstname.lastname@oulu.fi).

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