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The Fibre and Particle Engineering research unit at the University of Oulu is opening a Doctoral Student position. The research is related to sustainable cements in arctic concreting.
The University of Oulu 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 (http://www.oulu.fi/university/). University of Oulu has state-of-the-art facilities that are amongst the most up-to-date and best equipped in Europe, with recently updated TEM-EDX, FESEM-EDS, XRD, DSC-MS and XRF.
The University of Oulu is located in the northern Finland. Finland is a global leader in eco-innovation and the development of novel cleantech solutions. There are 2,000 companies operating in the Finnish cleantech sector, generating up to 20% of Finland’s total exports (http://www.studyinfinland.fi/).
The open doctoral student position is located at the Fibre and Particle Engineering research unit, in the Faculty of Technology. Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit (http://www.oulu.fi/pyokuien/) carries out research in the field of advanced inorganic materials in circular economy as well as biomaterials and biochemicals. We are a diverse group of highly motivated researchers: Ten nationalities around the globe with diverse scientific background (in organic/inorganic chemistry, engineering, physics), and of which 30% are female. The research group of 44 members consists of 17 doctoral students, 24 postdoctoral researchers and three assisting personnel with several MSc and BSc thesis workers. In the area of inorganic materials and circular economy the emphasis of research is on processing of mine tailings, biomass fly ash, slag and other inorganic industrial residues and utilization of them in advanced inorganic materials and construction. Current projects include stabilization of harmful substances, CSAB cement production and geopolymerization of sulphidic mine tailings, slags and mineral wool waste. A promotional video of the inorganics team can be found here: https://youtu.be/kpR5Ic0TPBc.
Subject field and description of the position
The open position is related to sustainable cement in arctic concreting. A part of the work is done in Interreg Nord funded project called ARCTIC-ecocrete together with Luleå Technical University and Norut Narvik. The aim of ARCTIC-ecocrete project is to develop novel environmentally-friendly concrete mixtures utilizing local industrial residues (like ashes and slags) for winter concrete works. In your work, you will develop different cement-like material recipes, measure workability, hydration heat and hardened properties of materials (like compressive strength, XRD, FESEM-EDS, durability). You will utilize industrial residues in order to improve sustainability, and nanoparticles to improve cold climate durability.
We are looking for a motivated doctoral student who is interested in circular economy and scientific research. The position is for the whole duration of the thesis work (four years). Part of the thesis work is recommended to be completed as a brief international research exchange. The education requirements for a PhD degree studies are given by the University of Oulu graduate school UniOGS (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission).
Doctoral student will carry out research work under the guidance and supervision of two senior researchers, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, attend doctoral courses and complete her/his doctoral thesis within 4 years. Other duties may include teaching undergraduate courses and supervising undergraduate theses. In addition, she/he may be obligated to participate in administrative tasks of the Research Unit and University. Other duties are max. 5 % of the total 1624 working hours per year. Trial period is 6 months.
Starting date: 7th of January 2019 or according to agreement. The length of the position is four years (until 31st of December 2022).
Master’s degree in inorganic chemistry, mineralogy, process engineering, environmental engineering or equivalent. The applicant should be motivated and interested in circular economy. She/he should have good communication, analytical and problem solving skills and fluent English.
The monthly salary is around 2500 euros (before tax) depending on the qualifications, progressing to 2900 euros towards the end of your doctoral studies (according to university salary system, teaching and research personnel).
The application should be made to the electronic application system (link below) and please provide clearly the following information and appendices:
1) CV including education and relevant work/academic experience
2) Official record of transcripts and copy of degree certificate
3) Brief description of research interests, experience and motivation
4) If possible, contact information of two persons whom may be asked to give a statement of the candidate
Please fill out your application by Sunday November 25th, 2018 at 23.59 (UTC). The applications will not be returned. Best applicants are invited to a recruit day at the University of Oulu (max 1000 € of travelling costs will be covered).
For further information please contact:
Professor Mirja Illikainen: +358 (0) 40 588 5904; mirja.illikainen(at)oulu.fi or
Dr. Katja Ohenoja: +358 (0) 50 350 6071; katja.ohenoja(at)oulu.fiContinue reading