Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Driven Prediction and Interpretation of Spectra, Applications in Climate Research

University of Oulu Faculty of Science


Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Driven Prediction and Interpretation of Spectra, Applications in Climate Research

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, modern research and study environment and extensive cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Oulu is announcing an open postdoctoral position, which will be located at the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences ( which has an internationally strong position at the forefront of research in its focus areas. The Research Unit is a partner in Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging ( The appointee will work in close collaboration with Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) ( NANOMO is highly international physics unit coupled to the strategic focus areas Changing climate and northern environment and Creating sustainability through materials and systems of the University of Oulu. The research range from quantum systems and functional materials to sustainable materials and atmospheric systems. The unit is partner in the InStreams Research Hub ( and Centre of Advanced Steel Research ( NANOMO coordinates the Finnish collaboration with MAX IV synchrotron facility and contributes to EU-XFEL project.

This position is aimed at strengthening the participating research units as well as the Data Insight for High-Dimensional Dynamics (HiDyn, program funded by the Academy of Finland PROFI5. HiDyn is a program devoted to multidisciplinary data science and artificial intelligence. It will offer mathematical and methodological expertise to understand high-dimensional dynamic systems.

The postdoctoral position is for 3 years and is aimed to start on August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the position

The research project data driven prediction and interpretation of spectra, applications in climate research aims to develop novel data analysis tools for analysing spectroscopic and spectromicroscopic data acquired at large scale research facilities, such as the MAX IV Laboratory. More specifically, the candidate will work on developing new methods of extracting element and compound specific, as well as chemical functional group information about the samples from the spectroscopic and spectromicroscopic data sets. The samples can range from both biological and inorganic samples from various industries to atmospheric aerosols and nanoparticles.

The new Postdoc researcher is expected to continually write and publish scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals documenting the achievements of the work. Some participation in teaching is required.

The work will be supervised by the collaborative research group (Nønne Pristle, Samuli Urpelainen, Marko Huttula, Leena Ruha and Mikko Sillanpää).


A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Computational or Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or another field relevant to the position.

The candidate is expected to have computational orientation and knowledge in at least one of the related fields of the project. This includes Bayesian statistics, multivariate analysis tools such as clustering and principal component analysis and data driven methods in general. Knowledge of spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy techniques, especially electron spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and scanning transmission x-ray microscopy, and related fields, are considered as an advantage.

Special emphasis will be given to research expertise within the subject field, demonstrated by an international publications record. Some post-doctoral experience is of advantage, but the applicant should have attained a Ph.D. no more than ten years before the end of the application period. Experience on multidisciplinary research, work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.


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 50% of the basic salary. The full salary is approximately 3,400 – 4,300 euros per month.

How to apply

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 according to the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (

3) Brief motivation letter summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also information on personal research interests and career plans are valuable to provide here (max 2 pages).

4) Full name and e-mail addresses for at least two persons who are willing to give reference letters (if separately asked).

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 15th of May 2020.


Professori Mikko Sillanpää, mikko.sillanpaa (at), puh. 040-6734474

About the City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, with a population of over 200,000. Located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulu River delta, the city has good access from anywhere. Oulu is a very safe and family friendly community with one of the highest qualities of life in all of Nordic countries. As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce and the University has a strong role in the community.

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