Senior Research Fellow in NMR theory and computation University of Oulu, Faculty of Science Finland

University Researcher, NMR theory and computation

The University of Oulu is an international science community with 16,000 students and about 3,000 employees. The University's strengths include extensive multidisciplinary and contemporary research and learning environments, as well as close working relationships with international educational and research institutions.


The following task is available at the University of Oulu:


Senior Research Fellow in NMR theory and computation


The open senior research fellow position focuses on the theory and computation of the observables of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The position is 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, including a recently awarded ERC Consolidator Grant. 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 hyperpolarisation), as well as nuclear magneto-optic instrumentation. CPU-intensive computational research is carried out mainly using the facilities of the national supercomputer centre (2,300 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 position is focused on theoretical and computational methods related to NMR spectroscopy observables, with applications in materials research. The applicant is expected to contribute on the on-going theoretical and experimental methods development projects in the NMR Research Unit, such as ultrafast Laplace NMR, nuclear magneto-optic spectroscopy (NMOS), and hyperpolarization methods, theory of paramagnetic NMR, as well as rovibrational, solvation (matrix) and relativistic effects in NMR observables. As part of the NMR Research Unit, the duties of the Fellow also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc and PhD students, as well as of postdoctoral researchers. Participation in teaching within the physics curriculum, including basic courses given in Finnish, acquiring research funding, and responsibility for maintaining and developing the computational infrastructure of the Unit, are expected.


The position will be filled permanently. The starting date is December 1, 2018. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.


Required qualifications and assessment


The successful applicant must have a completed PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field. The applicants must show a visible scientific profile. Significant experience in the methodology and applications of NMR theory and computation is to be documented. Capability of teaching in Finnish is required from the outset. A four-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.


Fluent Finnish and English, good communication skills and good teamwork skills are required. Further, demonstrated potential in acquiring supplementary (extramural) funding and teaching experience will be taken as a merit when choosing the scientist. 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, international scientific experience, and other international activities.




The salary will be based on the levels 6 – 7 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 3,300 – 5,600 € per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


Application procedure


The following documents must be attached to the application:

1) Brief curriculum in English

2) List of publications in international peer-reviewed journals

3) Brief description of research merits

4) Brief (1 – 2 pages) research and action plan in English

5) Contact information of two persons who may be asked to give a statement of the candidate


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 31.1.2018.




The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their plans for running the post successfully.


For further information regarding the filling of this post:


Professor Juha Vaara, Head of the NMR Research Unit, University of Oulu, tel. +358 40 196 6658, email: juha.vaara (at)

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