Two doctoral student positions in ERC-funded project “Ultrafast Laplace NMR” (4 years) University of Oulu, Faculty of Science

2 postgraduate assignments, Ultrafast Laplace NMR (4 years)

Two doctoral student positions in ERC-funded project “Ultrafast Laplace NMR” (4 years)


The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16000 students and 3000 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, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (


The open doctoral student positions are in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), in the ERC Consolidator Grant project Ultrafast Laplace NMR.


The positions are located at the NMR Research Unit (, in the Faculty of Science. We are an internationally established, combined experimental and theoretical team of about 20 people, of which 50 % with a PhD degree. We develop experimental, theoretical and computational research methods based on magnetic resonance phenomena and apply those methods to topical problems in molecular and materials sciences. Our particular strength is in the tight connection between state-of-the-art measurements and calculations. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in successful funding applications both at the Academy of Finland and in EU programmes. We are a key user of the NMR laboratory facility of the University of Oulu, furnished with six spectrometers (300 – 600 MHz) suited for an unusually broad variety of studies (wide range of nuclei, gas/liquid/solid, different sample sizes, imaging capabilities, diffusion probe, micro CryoProbe, remote detection, spin-exchange optical/parahydrogen-induced/SABRE hyperpolarization), as well as nuclear magneto-optic instrumentation. CPU-intensive computational research is carried out mainly using the facilities of the national supercomputer centre (2300 TFlop/s total capacity). Local Linux clusters belonging to the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure are used for high-throughput production calculations.


Subject field and description of the position


The positions are a part of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG) project Ultrafast Laplace NMR. The project aims to significantly shorten the experiment time of multidimensional relaxation and diffusion experiments and, at the same time, improve sensitivity by several orders of magnitude by modern hyperpolarization methods. This enables one to observe fast molecular processes in real time, and much lower concentrations become detectable. The method has many interesting applications in various disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry and medicine. In addition, it has potential to contribute significantly to the development of advanced, cost-efficient, low-field and mobile NMR techniques.


The length of the positions is four years, from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022.


A four-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the four-year contract.


Required qualifications and assessment


The successful applicant must have completed MSc (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field, with very good/excellent grades, by the application deadline. Experience in experimental NMR spectroscopy is to be documented.


Fluent English, as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required.


It is required that the students are eligible for and acquire PhD study rights in physics in the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme ( of the University of Oulu Graduate School (, within the trial period. The detailed requirements for the admission can be found here:


When assessing the applicants’ qualifications, issues to be considered will include the grades obtained during BSc and MSc studies, suitability of the earlier studies for embarking on a PhD degree programme in physics, prizes received during undergraduate studies, scientific publications and presentations, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field in question and international activities.


The doctoral student will carry out research work within the NMR Research Unit under the guidance and supervision of one or more of the senior researchers, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, attend doctoral courses and complete her/his doctoral thesis within 4 years. Other duties include teaching undergraduate courses (5 % of the total of 1624 working hours per year) and supervising undergraduate theses. In addition, she/he may be obligated to participate in administrative tasks of the Research Unit and University.




The salary will be based on the levels 2 – 4 of the demand level chart for university-level 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 salary is thus in practice roughly 2300 – 2900 € per month (before taxes), depending on the appointee’s personal work performance and progress in her/his PhD studies.


Application Procedure


In your written application please provide clearly the following information and appendices:

1) Brief curriculum vitae in English (including list of publications)

2) Scanned copies of undergraduate degree certificates (BSc and MSc)

3) Extract of the study record(s)

4) Brief description of research interests, experience and motivation, in English

5) Your availability (starting time)

6) Contact information of two persons whom may be asked to give a statement of the candidate


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 15.2.2018. The applications will not be returned.




The potential candidates for the positions may be called for interview.


For further information regarding the filling of this post:


Adjunct professor Ville-Veikko Telkki, leader of the Experimental NMR group, University of Oulu, tel. +358-29-448 1309, email: ville-veikko.telkki(at)

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