Doctoral Student in Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy University of Oulu, Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) Finland

Doctoral student, soft X-ray spectroscopy

Doctoral student position (4 years)




The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with approximately 14 000 students and 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide, multidisciplinary interests, a modern research and study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.


The position is hosted at the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO). The research is performed in highly international research environment with focus on molecular scale materials research and novel applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The fundamental research relates to atmospheric chemistry, bio- and life sciences as well as novel nanomaterials for catalysis and energy. The research funding is obtained through European Union Horizon2020 program, Academy of Finland, China Scholarship Council and other external sources. The unit coordinates the Finnish national participation at the new MAX IV synchrotron facility in Sweden and contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project.


The position is for a motivated doctoral student to participate in the spectroscopic research of clusters and nanoparticles. The work in the supervision of Prof. Marko Huttula and Academy Research Fellow Doc. Minna Patanen includes developing sample generation and introduction systems as well as analyzer instrumentation at the NANOMO lab and also requires participation to research at synchrotron radiation facilities around the world. Especially the research, which the team carries out and participates to, at the Finnish Estonian Beamline for Atmospheric and Materials Sciences, may be part of the doctoral training.


The successful candidate has a master degree (or soon to finish) in physics, chemistry or a related field. The degree must be completed before the employment starts. Knowledge of synchrotron radiation and photoelectron (or ion) spectroscopy is expected. Experience on the field is taken as a strong merit when filling the post. Additionally, knowledge of nanoparticle physics and chemistry and data analysis is appreciated. Fluent English, communication skills and team work ability are required.


The salary will be based on the levels 2 – 4 of the demand level chart for 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). For more information on the salary system of the Finnish universities, please see


Apply online latest by April 30, 2018. The required documents include:


- Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, including a list of any peer-reviewed scientific publications (with full reference details). A recommended CV template can be found on the webpage of Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.
- A short letter including research and teaching merits, research interests and motivation (2 page)
- Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees and, if applicable, a valid certificate of language proficiency (see above). If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish. All of these documents must be compiled into a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
- Contact information of at least two persons from whom references may be asked


The position is filled as soon as possible after the closing of the call, latest at 1st of September 2018. A trial period is applied for the first four months, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.


For further information, please contact:
Prof. Marko Huttula, marko.huttula (at)
Doc. Minna Patanen, minna.patanen (at)

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