Postdoc position in Inverse Problems Research Group University of Oulu, Mathematical Sciences Research Unit Finland

Tutkijatohtori, Spectral and Scattering Problems for Differential Oparators

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Postdoc position in Inverse Problems Research Group at the University of Oulu (Finland) with emphasis on Spectral and Scattering Problems for Differential Operators


The Inverse Problems Group at the University of Oulu is announcing an open postdoc position. The position is located at the Mathematical Sciences Research Unit, 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


Spectral and Scattering Problems for Differential Operators


The spectral properties of operators and their applications to the numerous direct and inverse problems is the central part of the research at the Inverse Problems Group. This research is not restricted to the deterministic problems only, the stochastic problems and methods are also very welcome. Among these problems a special role is assigned to elliptic differential operators as the most commonly used in the applications. The study of the inverse problems for nonlinear partial differential equations is also very important and very welcome.


The successful applicant will join the Inverse Problems Group aiming at developing the methods for the inverse scattering and inverse boundary value problems for linear elliptic differential equations as well as for nonlinear equations with possible (in particular) applications in nonlinear optics. Despite the fact that the main focus of Inverse Problems Group is the theoretical inverse problems, the creation of new numerical methods for these types of the problems is assumed and 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 with possible prolongation depending on the performance during these 2 years. The position is filled as of 01.06.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.




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, as well as post-doctoral experience is required. The applicants should have attained a Ph.D. no more than ten 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 other than the University of Oulu. 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, including knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on gender equality.




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 46.3 % of the basic salary. The full salary is approximately 3,300 – 4,100 euros per month.


The top candidates will be interviewed.




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 electronic application form by 24th of January, 2018.


Contact information


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

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