Doctoral student position in water resources research (4 years)

University of Oulu

Finland 🇫🇮

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Unit ( announces a doctoral student position for researchers on “cold climate hydrology and groundwater-surface water interaction”.

The PhD student will work on understanding the surface and groundwater systems interaction in different northern systems with seasonal snow and frozen soil: how this interaction can best be observed at different scales (from springs to hyporheic zones in streams to aquifers, to small and medium sized catchments and streams) and modelled using conceptual hydrological models and/or fully integrated numerical groundwater-surface water models. The candidate is expected to carry out i) field work in winter and summer condition at a research site in Northern Finland, Lapland (Pallas-Yllästunturi national park) and elsewhere, ii) laboratory work in Oulu on soil physics and water stable isotope analysis, iii) hydrological modelling to link and understand spatial and temporal processes.

The research unit consist of 25 experts in hydrological modelling, isotope hydrology and water resources engineering. The PhD student will be supervised by professor Bjørn Kløve as the main supervisor and co-supervised by professor Jeffrey Welker, associate professor Hannu Marttila and assistant professor Pertti Ala-aho. The PhD student will join a group with 15 PhD students and 8 post-doctoral researchers in hydrology and water resources research.

Responsibilities and Required Qualifications The successful candidate is expected to have a M.Sc. degree in hydrology, water resources engineering, environmental engineering or environmental sciences (or equivalent degree). The M.Sc. degree must be completed before the employment starts. Experience with hydrological modelling and programming in MATLAB, R or another software development tool is an advantage. The position requires fluent written and oral English skills and good communication skills. Some teaching and supervision at Bachelor or Master level can be expected as part of the PhD education.

Salary The salary will be based on the levels 1 – 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). The salary is thus being in practice roughly 1,900 – 2,500 € per month, depending on the appointee’s qualification and experience.

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by November 15th, 2017.

The project is expected to start in the early 2018, exact date to be decided with the successful candidate. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.

The following documents must be attached to the application: 1) A curriculum vitae in English 2) A list of possible scientific contributions (publications, talks, posters etc.) including possible teaching merits 3) A brief (1 page) description of motivation and suitability to the post 4) Documentation of English language skills 5) Recommendation letters (2) 6) Master’s degree certificate (if completed by time of application)

Contact details For further information about the application and selection procedures, please contact: professor Bjørn Kløve [bjorn.klove(at)] or Dr. Pertti Ala-Aho [pertti.ala-aho(at)]