Doctoral Researcher, Civil Engineering

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 31 May 2022

We at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

Civil Engineering Research Unit

We are now looking for several


to strengthen our expertise, especially in the field of digitalization, building information modeling (BIM), automation and robotics in infrastructure construction and mining operations.

Description of the task and requirements

In your role, you work on a daily basis in the research team on ongoing research projects, in which we also collaborate a lot with companies in the field. In addition to participating in research projects, you will start planning a doctoral program and a dissertation together.

You may be the person we are looking for if you have a master’s degree in engineering and at least a few years of industry experience, preferably in research and development assignments related to digitalization, information modeling or automation. In particular, we hope for a curious mind, goal-oriented and long-term ability to work, and adequate English language skills. Experience in the areas of digitalization of construction and mining, building information modeling, automation and robotics is valued.

We offer the opportunity to be doing work whose impact on society is reflected both locally and globally. Join the ranks of top experts in the field where the University of Oulu is a world leader. We also offer a comfortable working environment and the support of an experienced team, modern tools, flexible total working hours and sports, culture and wellness benefits


A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system for teaching and research personnel: level 2-4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2400€ per month. A trial period of six months is applied in the position.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by May 31st , 2022. The application should be written in English and include the following:

1)     A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here

2)     Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

3)     List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland:  

4)     Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original master`s degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

5)     Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

The positions are fixed term for 4 years and starting as agreed. We will interview suitable candidates already during the application period.

For further information, please contact Professor Rauno Heikkilä ( and/or Doctor of Technology Tanja Kolli (

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