Two Doctoral student positions: 1 in applied geophysics, 4 years; and 1 in numerical modeling and hydrology, 4 years

Employer University of Oulu
Location Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Job Description

2 Doctoral Student Positions, applied geophysics, and numerical modeling and hydrology

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information

The following jobs are open in the University of Oulu:

Two Doctoral student positions: 1 in applied geophysics, 4 years; and 1 in numerical modeling and hydrology, 4 years

1. Doctoral student position in applied geophysics (4 years)

The research will be performed at Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing research unit of the Oulu Mining School ( Oulu Mining School has its own pool of geophysical instrumentation that includes multichannel seismic equipment for passive and active seismic experiments. The main objective of the PhD research is to develop near-surface passive seismic interferometry techniques that can be used in different types of applied and engineering geophysics studies, like groundwater investigations, mapping of fault zones and tectonic contacts, soil properties investigations, site effects investigations etc. in cold climate conditions of the Arctic.

2. Doctoral student position in numerical modeling and hydrology (4 years)

The research will be performed at the Environmental and Chemical Engineering research unit of the Faculty of Technology of the University of Oulu ( in close cooperation with Oulu Mining School.

The PhD student will work on modeling of the hydrological condition of soils in the Arctic regions (water movement and freeze and thaw processes), and how this is associated with the soil mechanics resulting in ground’s movement and seismic waves, eventually affecting critical structures, such as mine water reservoirs. The work will include developing and using numerical models (CFD/soil mechanics). Based on the resulting understanding about the interactions, a risk analysis for the structure failure will be conducted. The PhD candidate is expected to utilize and combine different modeling methods to increase understanding on the ground and water volume movements to understand the forces and following risks in different critical structures.

The PhD student will be supervised by Doc. Esa Muurinen (principal supervisor) and Dr. Tiina M. Pääkkönen (co-supervisor) from the Environmental and Chemical Engineering research unit, and Doc. Jarkko Okkonen (co-supervisor) from the Oulu Mining School.

The temporary positions will start on 1.1.2018 and last until the end of 2021. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.

Responsibilities and Required Qualifications

The successful candidates are expected to have a MSc degree in environmental engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering or physical sciences (or equivalent degree). The MSc degree must be completed before the employment starts. It is expected that candidate for Position 1 has theoretical background and practical experience in applied geophysics and geophysical measurements in cold climate conditions. The candidate for Position 2 must have understanding about the physical phenomena related to fluid behavior, and interest on mathematical modeling of them. Experience on modeling (especially passive seismic interferometry methods for Position 1 and CFD for Position 2) and programming in C or another language is an advantage.

The candidates are expected to be committed to the doctoral studies and aiming at accomplishing the doctoral degree within the project. This includes accomplishing the doctoral thesis work and related studies, development of the needed models, analyzing and reporting the results, and writing the related journal publications in co-operation with other project members. The position requires fluent written and oral English skills as well as good communication and co-operation skills. Some teaching and supervision at Bachelor or Master level can be expected as part of the PhD education.


The salary will be based on 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 20th, 2017.

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 (see the requirements of the University of Oulu:
5) Recommendation letters (2)
6) Master’s degree certificate (if completed by the time of application)

Contact details

For further information about the application and selection procedures, please contact:

Position 1:
Prof. Elena Kozlovskaya [elena.kozlovskaya(at)] or
Jarkko Okkonen [jarkko.okkonen(at)]

Position 2:
Doc. Esa Muurinen [esa.muurinen(at) or
Dr. Tiina M. Pääkkönen [tiina.m.paakkonen(at)]

Application Closing: 20 Nov 2017

Contact Details
Prof. Elena Kozlovskaya
University of Oulu

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