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The University of Oulu in 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 multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environments, and broad international cooperation (http://www.oulu.fi/university/).
A four-year doctoral student position is available in the confluence of bionanomaterials and bioelectronics in a newly accepted Academy of Finland project headed by the Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gabriela Lorite Yrjänä at the Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering. The project will exploit the capabilities of carbon nanotubes and other nanobiomaterials to create smart scaffolds in order to enhance cell growth. The research are spans from materials synthesis to in vitro testing, as well as chemical, physical and biological characterization of the materials.
The earliest possible starting date is 01 September, 2018, but no later than 01 October, 2018. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the four-year contract. After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School's (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.
The position is to be filled by a highly motivated student. The candidate must hold a Master’s degree in advanced biomaterials, nanobiomaterials, biomedical sciences or tissue engineering. Degree must have been completed with very good grades by 01.09.2018 (or latest before the job contract starts). Laboratory experience on materials synthesis and/or cell culturing are essential requirements for the position. Experience in biomaterials synthesis, surface chemistry/functionalization, and characterization techniques (such as Raman, SEM, AFM, XPS, fluorescence microscopy) are considered as advantages. Ability to pursue independent research and excellent writing and fluency in English is expected, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.
Salary and benefits
The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2-4 in the salary chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 46.3% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal achievements and performance. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2450 € per month and it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.
Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 20.08.2018, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered. The following documents must be attached to the application as pdf files (to be submitted in English):
1. Motivation letter describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (max 1 page).
2. Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae). The CV should also contain:
2a. Contact information of at least two referees.
2b. List of publications
3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. 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.
Other relevant information
The eligible applicants with best fit for the research profile expected in the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview (via Skype). All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.
Gabriela Lorite Yrjänä, PhD
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher
Coordinator of MIRACLE project (H2020/EU)