Postdoctoral researcher (Sustainable water resources management in the Arctic) via EURAXESS

University of Oulu

Oulu, , FI

University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with an Arctic Attitude”. More information:

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit ( research covers a broad area of expertise including hydrology, water resources engineering, energy and various aspects of environmental studies. Our research unit is a multinational and interdisciplinary group working in a modern, up-to-date research environment. The postdoctoral position is open in the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit (WE3) and it’s research group of Hydrosystems Engineering and Management to assess the Water-Food-Energy NEXUS for sustainable resources management in Arctic environment.

Work description

WE3 is opening a 2-year position for a Postdoctoral researcher for research on sustainable water resources management. We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral scientist dedicated to carry out multidisciplinary work related to water, energy and food NEXUS analysis as part of sustainable resources management in the Arctic environment. The work includes assessment of climate and land use change impacts on water resources and sustainable development of water, energy and natural resource management in the Arctic, considering especially the water environment and related ecosystem services. We look for a candidate with a strong ability to work with complex problems using quantitative approaches. The selected applicant will work on research tasks in Arctic Interactions (ArcI) and Global Change profile area of the University of Oulu. The work is supervised by associate professor Ali Torabi Haghighi as part of his Hydrosystems Engineering and Management research group.

The Arctic environment is faced with rapid transitions due to global warming and climate change. The significant global warming to date has caused a dramatic reduction in ice coverage, increased open water, thawing permafrost etc. In addition, climate change has increased the accessibility of Arctic regions for expansion of extraction industries and mining of considerable undiscovered resources. The associated anthropogenic impact on the Arctic environment would lead to unsustainable use of resources and thereby increased vulnerability of indigenous inhabitants and Arctic environments. The solution must include integrated natural resource management across different systems, scale pressures and coupled phenomena, like interlinkage of climate, land, energy and water use (CLEW) or the land-water-energy NEXUS. The research aims are to assess and understand the cause of impacts in the first step and precondition for sustainable resource management. The main target focus of this research plan is on assessment and quantification of changes in three main resources in arctic environments: water, energy and forests.

The position is funded by ‘Arctic Interactions and Global Change (ArcI)’ a scientific profile area of UOulu. ArcI promotes cross-faculty and multidisciplinary cooperation through recruitment and mobility programmes, seed money actions and science events. The ArcI postdoc programme will fund talented researchers from a variety of disciplines to strengthen the current community of Arctic researchers at UOulu. This open position will be linked especially to the ArcI theme 3: Sustainable systems, resource use and development. Further information about the ArcI can be found from the webpages:


  • PhD in water resources engineering, natural resources engineering, hydrology, physical geography or a related field of environmental sciences
  • Strong knowledge on remote sensing analysis and related computational approaches is an advantage
  • Broad understanding of climate change, land use change and sustainable water resources management is an advantage
  • Strong and demonstrated data analysis and numerical skills, modelling and knowledge from programming languages such as R, Python, MATLAB is an advantage
  • Fluency in both in oral and written English
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of Master and PhD thesis is an advantage
  • Ability to work both independently and with different research groups and teams
  • Good and consistent track-record of scientific publishing in top journals of the research field

Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria acknowledging the content of the job: scientific publications, previous work experience, activity in the scientific community, national and international mobility, and other academic merits.

Terms of employment

The duration of the position is 2 years, beginning on August 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). A six-month trial period will be applied to the position.

The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 – 6 of the demand level charts. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. The typical salary for a starting postdoctoral fellow is €3,400 per month but may be larger for exceptional candidates pending experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted online by April 30th, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The eligible applicants fitting best in the expected research profile may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

The application should be written in English and include the following documents:

  1. A 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, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here (max. 3 pages).
  2. A curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, available from
  3. A publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland:
  4. A copy of the applicant’s doctoral and Master of Science degree diplomas, or, if not available at the time of application, a statement from the applicant and their supervisor(s) regarding the expected completion date.
  5. A research plan (max. 6 pages).
  6. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

For further information, please contact:
Associate professor Ali Torabi Haghighi +358 40 449 2894, ali.torabihaghighi(at)
Hydrosystems Engineering and Management Research Group, WE3 Research Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu