Doctoral Researcher in Northern Ecohydrology

University of Oulu

Oulu, Finland 🇫🇮

Faculty of Technology, Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities. 

We are now looking for one full-time

Doctoral Researcher in Northern Ecohydrology

to join the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (WE3), University of Oulu, for research on “northern ecohydrology – linking catchment connectivity to high resolution measurements”. 

We are looking for a talented and motivated candidate dedicated to combining field research and multi-scale data analysis of the water and biogeochemical cycles, especially transport of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The doctoral researcher will join a international research team working in Oulanka Research Station, in northern Finland. Theme is part of on-going Academy of Finland funded projects in collaboration with several national and international collaborators. Research activities are part of national Freshwater Competence Centre (FWCC).

Work is led by Associate Professor Hannu Marttila as part of Hydrology and Water Quality research group, and supervised together with Associate Professor Pertti Ala-aho and Professor Bjørn Kløve. Work is done in close collaboration with Professor Torben Christensen and Oulanka Research Station manager Dr. Riku Paavola.  

Project description

The research aims are to better understand variation in ecohydrological connectivity and biogeochemical processes (DOC) in boreal catchment and fen peatland. The work utilizes several on-going high-frequency measurements (eg. spectrolyser) and high resolution spatial estimated using modelling and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based datasets. The successful applicant will use the novel data sets to link ecohydrology and biogeochemistry with emerging research and data analysis methods.

Further information about the Oulanka Research Station and Freshwater Competence Center (FWCC) can be found from the webpages:

  • https://www.oulu.fi/en/university/oulanka-research-station
  • https://www.freshwatercompetencecentre.com/

Requirements and qualifications

Assessment of the applicant’s qualifications will be based on the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in hydrology, environmental engineering, soil science, ecology, geography or a related field of environmental sciences
  • Good understanding of hydrological processes and biogeochemical processes is advantageous
  • Good and demonstrated data analysis and numerical skills, and knowledge from programming languages such as R, Python, Matlab, etc.
  • Good English language skills both in oral and written communication
  • Ability to work both independently and with different research groups and teams
  • Driver’s license is advance

The Master’s Degree must have been completed with good grades (at least 60% of maximum grade, or 3/5, in both the taught studies and the Master’s thesis). The doctoral researcher position is intended for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who, according to the ”European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, is defined as a researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research activity, including the period of research training. Applicants will either be starting their doctoral training or have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled.

You will carry out your doctoral studies in the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School and you must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in UniOGS.

What we offer

  • We offer you a place in a highly talented research group, working to solve globally significant research problems in the field of hydrology, biogeochemistry and water resources management.
  • University´s wide variety of support services is at your disposal, allowing you to focus on your studies and research.
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, support for sports services and endless opportunities to develop your skills and competencies.
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • The employed person will be insured by the university. The Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example, possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.

Salary and key terms

The salary of selected doctoral researcher will be initially set on level 2, and later on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2200 – 2600 € (before taxes) per month for an early-stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and the progress of the doctoral thesis.

The position is fixed term for two years with the possibility for it to be extended for another 2 years (4 years maximum) if project funding allows, starting earliest on 1st of April 2023. A trial period of 6 months is applied to the position.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the online system by 28.2.2023, 23:59 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files (please note that the online system has a maximum size limit of attachments):

1. Complete CV containing contact information of at least two referees and a list of journal and conference publications (if any). A recommended CV template can be found on the webpage of Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae).

2. Motivation letter describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (1-2 pages)

3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees (MSc and BSc or equivalent). 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.

Applications sent by email will not be considered. The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

For further information

Associate Professor Hannu Marttila

hannu.marttila@oulu.fi

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering research unit

Associate Professor Pertti Ala-aho

pertti.ala-aho@oulu.fi

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering research unit

Professor Bjørn Kløve

bjorn.klove@oulu.fi

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering research unit

Type of employmentTemporary position
Contract typeFull time
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100 %
CityOulu/Oulanka
CountyPohjois-Pohjanmaa
CountryFinland
Reference number2023/83
ContactHannu Marttila, +358294484393
Published03.Feb.2023
Last application date28.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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DEGREE REQUIRED

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