Doctoral Student, Circular Economy

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

We are looking for a talented and innovative Doctoral Student for a 4-year position.

This exciting position aims to develop new sustainable cements with the help of organic ligands. The project is unique as it aims to capitalize on the knowledge and experimental methods developed in other fields of science such as biochemistry, geo- and aqueous chemistry, medical science and hydrometallurgy and use that understanding to transform mineral wastes into valuable cements. You will use cutting-edge analytical, experimental, and numerical techniques to develop an in-depth understanding of the reactions involved in inorganic mineral dissolution, aqueous species chemistry and precipitation of cementitious phases. Outcomes promise to be of high impact in both fundamental and applied science.

The research is multidisciplinary, but chemistry-focused so applicants should have a strong background in inorganic or organic chemistry – preferably about speciation of organometallic complexes. Experience with XRD, SEM-EDS, NMR, Raman and FTIR techniques in addition to dissolution tests and thermodynamic modelling software are appreciated.

You will carry out research work within the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit (FPE) under the guidance and supervision of Professor Mirja Illikainen and Assistant professor (tenure track) Juho Yliniemi, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, attend doctoral courses and complete your thesis within 4 years. Other duties include teaching undergraduate courses (approx. 5 % of the annual working time). In addition, you may be obligated to participate in minor administrative tasks of the Research Unit and University.

FPE carries out research in the field of advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. The multicultural research group consists of 50 people: 3 professors, 15 doctors and 24 doctoral students.

Qualification requirements
- a team player with good analytical and problem-solving skills
- excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English
- M.Sc. or equivalent degree in materials science, chemistry, physical chemistry, or physics, with very good/excellent grades
- the selected candidate will carry out her/his doctoral studies within the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in:

What we offer
- you will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area
in addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
- an interesting and versatile position and the possibility to develop professionally with the help of an experienced and enthusiastic team
- development opportunities of a big organisation with flexible working hours, excellent work-life balance and occupational healthcare services
- a 4-year position, beginning on April 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
- a salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): Doctoral Student level will be based on demand level 2 – 4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Typical starting salary for for a Doctoral Student is approx. 2,350 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of six months will be applied.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by March 7th, 2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) 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.
2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
3) list of publications (if any) based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
4) certificates/diplomas: scanned copy of the original Master's degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English
5) contact information of 2 senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through portal will be considered.

Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information
Assist. Prof. (tenure track) Juho Yliniemi, juho.yliniemi(at)
Prof. Mirja Illikainen, mirja.illikainen(at)

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