Postdoctoral position, Computational Inverse Problems

The University of Oulu in Northern 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 are broad multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environment and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (

The Inverse Problems Group at the University of Oulu is announcing an open postdoc position. 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 in Inverse Problems Research (, funded by the Academy if Finland for the period 2018 – 2025.

Subject field and description

Computational Inverse Problems for Partial Differential Equations

Inverse problems for partial differential equations and their application is the center part of the inverse problems research group. This research is not restricted to deterministic problems and methods only, but also stochastic problems and methods are very welcome. Among these research topics a special role is assigned to the theoretical analysis of partial differential operators. Additionally, the study of inverse problems for nonlinear differential equations is also important very welcome.

The successful applicant will join the Inverse Problems Group aiming to develop computational methods for inverse problems. Despite the fact that the main focus of the Inverse Problems Research Group is on theoretical inverse problems and their computational implementation, a combination of this research with new methods from data science is appreciated.

It is considered as an advantage if the research of the applicant is related to the focus research areas of the Inverse Problems Group in Oulu. Exceptionally strong applicants in other areas of inverse problems will be considered too, provided they have the capacity to support existing research directions.

The position is for 2 years. The position starts on 01.01.2020 (or later depending on the negotiations with the nominated applicant). A six months trial period is applied in the beginning of the employment.


The new Postdoc will be responsible for developing research, teaching and supervision of the Research Unit. The teaching duties will not exceed 20 % of the working time.


A Ph.D. in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or equivalent. Some post-doctoral experience is of advantage, but the applicants should have attained a Ph.D. no more than six years before the end of the application period.

Grounds of assessment

Special emphasis will be given to research expertise within the subject field, demonstrated by an outstanding international publications record. Pedagogical expertise, including teaching experience, pedagogical training and the skill to create teaching material will be taking into account.

The candidates are expected to have experience from research environments from more than one University. Work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.

The candidates are expected to be able to renew their research activities as well as those of the research unit and to establish independent research directions. The long-term development potential as well as the ability to establish and develop research collaboration is significant. Any evidence of acquiring external research funding will also be significant.

The potential to develop and lead research activities is important.


The salary of a Postdoc 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.

Reviewer Assessment

A recruitment committee will take care of the evaluation process. The top candidates will be interviewed by the recruitment committee.


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),;

2) List of publications classified as follows:

A. Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Original journal articles, review articles, literature reviews, systematic reviews, sections and chapters in scientific books and conference proceedings etc.

B. Non-refereed scientific articles

Non-refereed journal articles, book sections and non-refereed conference proceedings etc.

C. Publications intended for professional communities

Articles in trade journals, articles in professional manuals or guides, textbook materials, professional conference proceedings, published development or research reports etc.

D. Patents and invention disclosures

3) Brief research and teaching action plan (max. two pages) with a special emphasis on how the plan benefits the research in the field

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 20th of October 2019.

Contact information

Professor Valery Serov, Leader of the Inverse Problems research group, tel. +358 50 350 6861, e-mail: valeri.serov(at)

Assistant Professor Andreas Hauptmann, Computational Mathematics, tel. +358 50 522 8551, e-mail: andreas.hauptmann(at)

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