Two postdoctoral positions in ERC-funded Ultrafast Laplace NMR and Academy of Finland-funded projects (2 – 3 years) University of Oulu, Faculty of Science Finland

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Two postdoctoral positions in ERC-funded Ultrafast Laplace NMR and Academy of Finland-funded projects (2 – 3 years)


The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16,000 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, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (


The open postdoctoral positions are in the broad field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), in one of the following specific topics:


  1. Ultrafast multidimensional Laplace NMR (ERC Consolidator Grant project)
  2. Theory and computation of NMR parameters (Academy of Finland-funded project)


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.Local linux clusters belonging to the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure are used for high-throughput production calculations.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 first position (position 1) is a part of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG) project Ultrafast Laplace NMR.


The second position (position 2) is a part of the Academy of Finland project in the field of theory and computation of NMR parameters.


The research directions of the two positions are briefly described in the following:

  1. Ultrafast Laplace NMR 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.
  2. In theory and computation of NMR parameters, we develop and apply molecular modelling (quantum chemistry and molecular simulation) techniques to realistically assign, analyze and predict NMR spectral parameters (e.g., nuclear shielding, spin-spin coupling, quadrupole coupling and relaxation times) of complex materials, including electronically open-shell systems and nuclear magneto-optic observables.


The length of position 1 is two years, with an option for extension up to one additional year.


The length of position 2 is two years.


The starting date of both positions is April 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.


A four-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the two-year contract. Furthermore, for postition 1, the extension of up to 1 year will be effective if the goals defined in the beginning of the project for the initial two-year period are successfully implemented.


Required Qualifications and assessment


It is mandatory that the candidate indicates which of the two positions, 1 or 2, their application should be considered for.


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 method development of experimental NMR spectroscopy is to be documented for position 1. Proficiency in the development and/or advanced application of computational methods in NMR theory is a prerequisite for a strong application in position 2. Both projects require computer experience and mastery of at least one relevant programming language (e.g., Fortran, C++, Python, Mathematica, Matlab).


Fluent 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, scientific work abroad, and other international activities.


As part of the NMR Research Unit, the duties also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Participation in teaching within the physics curriculum and acquiring research funding are naturally expected.




The salary will be based on the levels 5 – 6 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 3,500 – 4,000 € 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 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 top candidates for the posts may be interviewed and asked to present their plans for running the post successfully.


For further information regarding the filling of this post:


Position 1: Adjunct Professor Ville-Veikko Telkki, Experimental NMR Group, University of Oulu, tel. + 358-29-448 1309, email: ville-veikko.telkki (at)


Position 2: Professor Juha Vaara, head of the NMR Research Unit, NMR theory group, University of Oulu, tel. +358-40-196 6658, email: juha.vaara(at)


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