Postdoctoral Position in Synchrotron Radiation Based Materials Physics with Focus on Steel Research

University of Oulu


Postdoctoral Position in Synchrotron Radiation Based Materials Physics with Focus on Steel Research


3-year postdoctoral position:


Synchrotron radiation based materials physics with focus on steel research


The University of Oulu is an international science university, which seeks and creates innovations, well-being and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The community comprises over 3000 employees and 14000 students in 8 faculties. It is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary universities not only in Finland, but also in the Northern Countries. The new strategy of the University of Oulu is directed at global challenges in 5 focus areas, see


The postdoctoral position is a part of the University of Oulu profiling program “Genome of Steel: Physics for strong, tough and sustainable steel”, which falls within the focus area “Creating sustainability by materials and systems”. The position is in the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) in the Faculty of Science and is connected to the unit’s participation in the Center for Advanced Steel Research (CASR) (


NANOMO is a highly international research environment presently formed by four professors and around 40 other researchers. The focus is on molecular scale materials research and novel applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs and ERDF funds, the Academy of Finland and the China Scholarship council. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV facility, participates in the planning and construction of the FinEstBeaMS beamline, and contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project.


The position is a fixed three-year position, starting 1st of August 2018 at the earliest, the exact starting date being negotiable. A trial period of six months is applied in the position.


Subject field and description of the position


The formation and role of non-metallic inclusions and phase transformations in steels, their accurate prediction and controlling during processing are the key focuses of the research in the Genome of Steel profiling theme. The position is to benefit forefront experimental methodologies, especially spectroscopy available at local and national laboratories, synchrotron radiation, and free electron laser facilities. The research is expected to focus on effects of microstructural details on the mechanical properties of steel and related materials.


The main responsibilities of the position comprise instrumental developments, experimental determinations of phase transformation subjected to thermomechanical treatment, and in situ characterizations of structural evolutions in steels. The experimental data will be interpreted along with computational results to reveal physical mechanisms leading to phase transformations in ultra-high steels, yet, highlighting future developments for UHS.


The appointed candidate is expected to participate in the international multidisciplinary and intersectorial collaboration network between the CASR and NANOMO, the Nordic-Baltic Steel community and international research organizations.


As a part of the NANOMO unit, the duties also include supervising PhD students. Participation in teaching as a part of the physics curriculum, and in supervision of M.Sc. and B.Sc. theses is also expected.


Required Qualifications

-          Ph.D in physics or related area, obtained within the past 10 years

-          Experience in experimental materials physics and synchrotron radiation techniques

-          Good communication skills in both written and spoken English


Fluent English, good communication and teamwork skills are required. 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. Further, shown potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as a merit when choosing the scientist. The candidates are expected to have experience from research environments other than University of Oulu.



The salary is based on the levels 5 – 6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary part will be given for personal achievements and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary level for the position. In practice being around 3,200 – 3,700 euros per month for Post.Doc.



Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form accompanied by the following English-language documents, preferably as a single pdf file:

1)      A brief curriculum vitae according to Finnish Advisory board on Research Integrity (TENK):

2)      List of publications according to the Academy of Finland:

3)      A brief research and action plan with a special emphasis on how the plan benefits the research in the field and links to the research at NANOMO unit

4)      Contact details of 2 to 4 persons available for recommendation

5)      The applicant is encouraged to include his/her own citation indices (total number of citations and h index)

The deadline for the application is 15th of July 2018. Please, use the electornic application system. E-mail applications are not considered.


Contact information

In order to receive the information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed in order to fill this post, applicants must inform the Faculty of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, their e-mail addresses, and their postal addresses.


For further information about the application and selection procedures, please contact:

Professor, Head of Unit, Marko Huttula, Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, e-mail: Marko.Huttula(at)

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