The Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, Department of Chemistry

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student)/Project Researcher position in biomass combustion emission research at the Department Chemistry on the Kuopio campus. The position will be filled for a fixed two-year term as from 1 September 2024 (or starting date as agreed).

Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 10 June 2024.

Role and salary

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Doctoral Researcher/Project Researcher to work full-time in the field of biomass combustion emission research and development of novel emission control technologies for small-scale combustion. The position is a part of North-Karelia -based development project ‘PUHTIA’ aiming to speed up the industry-academy collaboration and technology transfer. The project is funded by faculty of North Karelia regional council and EU Just Transition Fund (JTF).

The work is carried out in the Fine Particle and Aerosol Technology laboratory and the Environmental Catalysis group of the University of Eastern Finland in close collaboration with industrial partners. The groups are among the top research teams in the world studying biomass combustions emissions and their air quality, health and climate impacts, as well as emission control technologies. The groups possess unique, state-of-the art infrastructures for combustion emission research.

Doctoral Researchers/Project Researchers main responsibilities will include:

  • measurements and characterizations of small-scale wood combustion aerosols,
  • testing and development of emission control technologies for small-scale combustion systems,
  • chemical analyses of combustion samples,
  • data processing, reporting and publishing results,
  • development of experimental setups for combustion emission research.

The position will be filled for a fixed two-year term as form 1 September 2024 (or as agreed) due to it pertaining to a Doctoral Researcher candidate’s own doctoral degree, and for the Project Researcher, it is due to a specific project task. The probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system for Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job-related salary element and a personal salary element. The job-related salary element is EUR 2,220-2,770 /month, based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff depending on the stage of the applicant's doctoral research and postgraduate studies. The personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. Depending on the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately EUR 2,580-2,710 /month at the beginning of employment.

Our requirements and expectations


  • a Master of Science degree, or suitable foreign education qualifying for equivalent university studies in the country concerned, in chemistry, physics, environmental/chemical technology, environmental science or in another relevant field,
  • the person to be appointed as a Doctoral Researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e., the selected candidate will have to apply and be eligible for the Faculty's Doctoral Programme LUMETO,
  • potential candidates should have a good command of written and spoken English,
  • excellent teamwork skills.

Students in the final stages of a degree that makes them eligible to apply (e.g., a Master’s degree) may also apply provided that they complete their degree and deliver a copy of their degree certificate to the faculty by 15 August 2024.

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • theoretical understanding and practical experience in combustion processes, aerosol science and emission measurements

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including:

  • opportunity for flexible multi-location work
  • extensive occupational health care
  • broad selection of staff training
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services
  • affordable sports services and tax-free bike benefit

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting and diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 10 June by 24:00 (midnight) Finnish time (UTC+3).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:

  • CV (www-page),
  • List of publications (www-page),
  • Copies of your academic degree certificates/diplomas, and copies of certificates/diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas,
  • A motivation letter (max. 2 pages),
  • Other documents you wish to include to demonstrate your merits for the position (maximum 3 pages).

If your diploma is not in English, Finnish or Swedish, an official English translation must be provided. All translations must be issued either by the awarding educational institution or an authorized translator. Each page of the official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be accurate translations of the original documents. Translations made by the applicants themselves are not accepted.


For further information on the position, please contact Professor Olli Sippula, e-mail and tel: +358 29 4453812.

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Secretary Iiris Korhonen, e-mail: and tel: +358 29 4458161.


Haemme väitöskirjatutkijaa/projektitutkijaa Itä-Suomen Yliopiston PUHTIA-tutkimusprojektiin. Tehtävä sijoittuu luonnontieteiden, metsätieteiden ja tekniikan tiedekuntaan kemian laitokselle Kuopion kampukselle. Tehtävä alkaa 1.9.2024 ja se täytetään kahden vuoden määräajaksi (1.9.2024 - 31.8.2026). Tässä tehtävässä tehtäväkohtainen palkanosa on vaativuustasoluokittelussa tasoilla 2-4. Lisäksi maksetaan henkilökohtaiseen suoriutumiseen perustuvaa palkanosaa, joka on 6-50 % tehtäväkohtaisesta palkanosasta. Tehtävässä edellytetään hyvää englannin kielen taitoa.

Lue tarkemmat tiedot tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet yllä olevasta englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta. Jätäthän hakemuksesi englanniksi. Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 10.6.2024.

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.9.2024
Salary General collective agreement for universities
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Kuopio
County Pohjois-Savo
Country Finland
Reference number 2715/01.01.03/2024
  • Olli Sippula, +358294453812
Published 15.May.2024
Last application date 10.Jun.2024

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