Postdoctoral Researcher or Senior Research Fellow or Lecturer: MAX IV and FIMAX coordination and synchrotron radiation based research

University of Oulu

  • Finland
  • £2,957.00 - £4,032.00
  • Academic - postdoc
  • Closing date 31 Dec 2018

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5-year position (Postdoctoral Researcher or Senior Research Fellow or Lecturer):

MAX IV and FIMAX coordination and synchrotron radiation based research

The University of Oulu is an international science university, which seeks and creates innovations, well-being and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The community comprises over 3,000 employees and 14,000 students in 8 faculties. It is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary universities not only in Finland, but also in the Northern Countries. The new strategy of the University of Oulu is directed at global challenges in 5 focus areas, see http://www.oulu.fi/university.

The position is in the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) in the Faculty of Science. NANOMO is a highly international research environment presently formed by 4 professors and around 40 other researchers. The focus is on molecular scale materials research and novel applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs and ERDF funds, the Academy of Finland and the China Scholarship council. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV facility and the Finnish MAX IV consortium - FIMAX, unit participates in the planning and construction of the FinEstBeaMS beamline, and contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project. The unit also actively collaborates with UVSOR-III SR facility in Okazaki, Japan through MoU between University of Oulu and Institute of Molecular Science.

The actions of NANOMO on synchrotron (SR) based research and the coordination of Finnish collaboration to MAX IV facility in Lund, Sweden, supports several focus areas of the University of Oulu; “Creating sustainability by materials and systems”, “Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health” and “Earth and near-space system and environmental change”.

The position is a fixed five-year position, starting 15th of November 2018 at the earliest, the exact starting date being negotiable. A six months trial period is applied in the beginning of employment.

Subject field and description of the position

The assistance in coordination of the Finnish national MAX IV relations and practical coordination of the FIMAX consortium are part of the defined duties of the position, taking up to 50 % of the total working time in the position. The remaining research part is expected to relate on the application of the novel synchrotron based imaging and characterization methods in one or several of the areas: fundamental clusters and nanostructures, atmospheric research, functional and advanced materials and biomedical research. The research may be either experimentally or theoretically oriented and is preferably linking to in-situ, operando and/or imaging possibilities available or to be devoped at novel SR facilities.

The appointed candidate is expected to actively participate in the international multidisciplinary and intersectorial collaboration network of NANOMO. As a part of the NANOMO unit, the duties also include supervising PhD students. Participation in teaching as a part of the physics curriculum, and in supervision of MSc and BSc theses is also expected.

Required Qualifications

-          PhD in physics or related area (for PostDoc level obtained within the past 10 years)

-          Experience and knowledge in synchrotron radiation techniques

-          Good communication skills in both written and spoken English

Fluent English, good communication and teamwork skills are required. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, thesis supervision, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field in question, scientific work abroad, and other international activities. Further, shown potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as a merit when choosing the scientist. The candidates are expected to have experience from research environments other than University of Oulu.

The salary is based on the levels 5 – 6 (postdoctoral researcher; range 3,300 – 4,500 €/month) and 6 – 7 (senior research fellow and lecturer; range 3,900 – 5,200 €/month) of the demand level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary part will be given for personal achievements and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary level for the position.


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form accompanied by the following English-language documents, preferably as a single pdf file:

1)      A brief curriculum vitae according to Finnish National Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK): http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

2)      List of publications acoording to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/

3)      A brief research and action plan

4)      Contact details of 2 to 4 persons available for recommendation

5)      The applicant is encouraged to include his/her own citation indices (total number of citations and h index)

The applicants are requested to indicate the preferred position i.e. PostDoctoral Researcher, Senior Research Fellow or Lecturer if relevant for applicant.

The deadline for the application is 28.10.2018 at 24:00 (Finnish local time).

Contact information

In order to receive the information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed in order to fill this post, applicants must inform the Faculty of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, their e-mail addresses, and their postal addresses.

For further information about the application and selection procedures, please contact: Professor, Head of Unit, Marko Huttula, Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, e-mail: Marko.Huttula(at)oulu.fi

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