Ph.D. Student, Applied mathematics or physics

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 16 Jun 2019

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We are an international science community working in close cooperation with research institutes, companies, and the public sector.  Together we form a globally significant research hub, relentlessly pushing the boundaries of known for a more sustainable and intelligent future.

The University of Oulu is looking for a Ph.D. Student for applied mathematics/physics research in the Faculty of Technology. Also, candidates looking for a master thesis project will be considered. The position offers the possibility to do an industrial internship in Wärtsilä. Julia programming language will be used; thus any programming background is an advantage. Candidates should have a basic understanding of numerical methods and a can-do attitude.

This is a 3-year research position in the fatigue research group (Materials and Mechanical Engineering). The research results will be published in academic journals. Currently, we have funding for three years, but depending on the candidate the thesis might take a year or two longer. Your tasks will focus on non-proportional multiaxial fatigue criterion development. The research group is working on novel multiaxial fatigue testing methods, Bayesian inference and optimal test designs, and micromechanics simulation based fatigue prediction methodologies that you will be part of. Main research questions are related to the utilization and homogenization of the micromechanical fatigue predictions and providing the models for further predictions for use in, e.g., Digital Twins associated predictive maintenance. We aim to approach the criterion development with novel test-driven mindset.

Salary and benefits

The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 50 % 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 2,300 € 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 16.6.2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered. The following documents must be attached to the application as one pdf file (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 ( ). The CV should also contain a 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.

The position is filled as of 1.7.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Further details are available from professor Tero Frondelius, tero.frondelius(at)

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