Postdoctoral Researcher and Doctoral Student, CLEAN2STEEL - Towards Carbon-Neutral Steelmaking Through Hydrogen- Reduction and Application of Clean Steels

Updated: 24 days ago
Deadline: 01 Nov 2020

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We are now looking for

a Postdoctoral Researcher and a Doctoral Student

for CLEAN2STEEL - Towards carbon-neutral steelmaking through hydrogen- reduction and application of clean steels.

Description of the positions

  • The Postdoctoral Researcher will concentrate on characterization and behaviour of non-metallic inclusions during primary and secondary steelmaking. The characterisation of the proper-ties of non-metallic inclusions as function of their size and composition is important for ultra clean steel production. Furthermore, development of novel in situ analysing and monitoring methods to characterise process status for producing clean steel with controlled low levels of inclusions and impurities is under review
  • The Doctoral Student will concentrate on hydrogen reduction of iron ore pellets and iron ore concentrates. The effect of replacement of CO by H2 as reducing agent will be studied. Furthermore, experimental data will be used to develop single iron ore pellet reduction model to estimate reaction barriers and mechanisms in hydrogen containing atmosphere

Description of the research unit

The Process Metallurgy Research Unit is experienced in understanding reactions, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics and mass and heat transfer phenomena in high-temperature processes. The research work is focused on four areas: (1) reduction metallurgy, (2) refining metallurgy, (3) utilisation of waste materials (dusts, sludges and slags) produced in the metallurgical industry and (4) development of new measuring methods for high-temperature processes.  The research is largely technology-oriented with emphasis on fundamental research in the area of the materials characterisation.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral Researcher position: Doctoral degree in the field of metallurgy. The PhD degree must have been received no more than 10 years ago. The selected candidate is working in closed collaboration with industry and metallurgical educational background is required. Due to the participation of teaching and participation of master thesis supervision Finnish language is recommended in addition of English.  

Doctoral Student position: MSc in the field of metallurgy or chemical engineering. The selected candidate is working in closed collaboration with industry and metallurgical educational background is required. English language is recommended. The selected candidate will carry out her/his doctoral studies within the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in: .

What we offer

  • You will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area
  • You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can excel in your studies and research
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
  • 4-year position, beginning on January 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
  • A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): A Postdoctoral Researcher will be based on demand level 5 – 6 and a Doctoral Student level 2 – 4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is approx. 3400€ per month (before taxes) and for a Doctoral Student approx. 2350€ per month (before taxes). A trial period of six months will be applied.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by November 1st, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). 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 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)     A research plan, max. 3 pages (Postdoctoral Researcher position only)

5)     Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate (Postdoctoral Researcher position) or of the original Master's degree certificate (Doctoral Student position) and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

6)     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 portal will be considered.
Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

Timo Fabritius,

Professor, Head of Process Metallurgy Research Unit,

Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu

P.O. Box 4300, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland

tel +358 (40) 554 6683

email: timo.fabritius at

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