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Postdoctoral Researcher and Doctoral Student Positions in Sustainability and Circular Economy

Postdoctoral Researcher and Doctoral Student Positions in Sustainability and Circular Economy: Material Applications, Advanced Characterization, Value Chains, and Responsible Business 

Do you want to contribute to the sustainable use of earth´s diminishing resources by exploring more efficient utilisation of side streams and products?

We are now looking for enthusiastic and motivated researchers from various research fields to join our Inorganic Side Streams (InStreams) research programme at the University of Oulu. InStreams has strong commitment to a focus in sustainable materials and systems, and a wide academic base for interdisciplinary inorganic materials research and engineering, readily combined with sustainable value chains and business.The vision is to actively contribute to the move towards clean production ecosystems of the future by identifying and solving key problems with the help of high-quality research.


Open positions | NOTE: recruitment ended on August 9th, 2020

High volume applications of inorganic side streams (Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, Faculty of Technology). Multidisciplinary research concentrating on advanced cement-like materials, with negative carbon footprint, utilizing state-of-the art methods.


Advanced characterization of inorganic materials (Nano and Molecular Systems Research Uunit, Faculty of Science). Multidisciplinary work utilizing spectroscopic and microscopic characterization techniques to gain molecular level insight to fundamental physical and chemical properties and processes.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 3-year position
  • Doctoral Student, 4-year position


Industrial value chain development to enable higher inorganic side stream utilization (Industrial Engineering and Management Research Unit, Faculty of Technology). Multidisciplinary work related to clean production ecosystems, sustainable business models, value and supply chains, technology productization, commercialization and product life cycle management.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 3-year position
  • Doctoral Student, 4-year position


Responsible business strategy to renew organizations and ecosystems in inorganic circular economy (Marketing, Management and International Business Research Unit, Oulu Business School). Multidisciplinary work related to circular economy, business networks, sustainable business models and value chains.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 3-year position
  • Doctoral Student, 4-year position



What we offer

We are a dedicated and dynamic group of researchers working together towards a more sustainable and intelligent future. Our university’s faculties are conveniently located in the same campus, which offers unique conditions for doing multidisciplinary research. Currently, the InStreams community includes over 100 researchers who are working on various sustainability themes. This community with versatile expertise and background creates an inspiring working environment full of opportunities for new, world-class discoveries. We foster a culture of collaboration, both within our university and with our international partner universities.

About Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest city, with a population of over 200,000. Oulu offers an easy-going living environment with good access from anywhere.  As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce, thanks to one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland.

How to apply

Please submit your application and relevant enclosures through our online recruitment system latest on August 9th, 2020. Please follow the links under the Open positions to find individual position descriptions and further details. 

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Last updated: 5.11.2020