Tenure track and postdoctoral researcher

The University of Oulu is an international science university, which seeks and creates innovations, well-being and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The research and education community comprises over 3000 employees and 16000 students in 10 faculties. It is one of the largest and the most multidisciplinary universities not only in Finland, but also Scandinavia. The new strategy of the University of Oulu is directed at global challenges in five focus areas, see.

The following positions are open in the University of Oulu:

One tenure track position and one post-doc position in the field of the fracture mechanisms of high-strength steels

One of the main focus areas is “Creating sustainability by materials and systems”, which includes “Sustainable production and use of advanced steels”, i.e. the key theme of the Materials and Production Engineering Unit (MPE). The MPE research unit consists of five research groups with a total staff of more than 40, see. The unit focuses on steel research aiming at utilizing advanced steel metallurgy for scientific breakthroughs which will enable substantial development of new steels to be used in construction, vehicles and machines working in all kinds of environments, especially under harsh arctic conditions. The unit is a core part of the Centre for Advanced Steels Research of the University of Oulu. The unit comprises the five groups described below.

  • The target of the Physical Metallurgy research group is to elucidate scientific fundamentals that can form a basis for the future development and application of novel low-alloyed carbon and stainless steels. This is achieved using physical simulation, laboratory scale rolling, heat treatments, modelling and utilizing various microscopy techniques. The main focus of the research group is concerned with understanding the inter-relationships between processing and fabrication parameters, microstructure and properties such as strength and toughness as well as wear and corrosion resistance. The group works in close cooperation with the other groups of the research unit and numerous partners in Finland and abroad.
  • The group Modelling and usability is developing novel fundamental models for hot rolling processes, taking into account microstructural evolution throughout hot rolling and subsequent cooling. Recrystallization models are combined with FE simulations to predict and enable the achievement of specific final properties in hot-rolled products. In addition, multiscale microstructure – property models are being developed and studied for improving hot rolling and heat treatment processes in industrial applications. All models are tested and verified with the aid of laboratory experiments in the research unit and/or through cooperation with the steel industry. The group also provide solutions for workshops concerning the optimal use of high strength steels. FE-simulations and experimental tests are utilized to define steel behaviour and process parameters for forming, machining and welding processes.
  • The group Novel UHSS focuses on the mechanical properties of ultra-high strength steels taking into consideration innovative combinations of chemical composition, thermomechanical processing and novel heat treatment. Materials for characterisation, testing and evaluation are produced using physical and laboratory rolling simulations and also full-scale rolling trials in cooperation with the steel industry. Microstructures are fully characterized quantitatively using advanced light, laser scanning confocal and electron microscopy techniques.
  • Welding metallurgy research is aimed at obtaining a fundamental understanding of the influence of welding heat input on the properties of high-strength low-alloyed and stainless steels. The focus is on the microstructural changes that occur in the various sub-zones of the heat-affected zone, and the influence of these changes on mechanical and corrosion properties of the steel. The research is based on the use of physical simulation and the analysis of real welds. There is close cooperation with the other groups in the research unit and other universities and research establishments, e.g. with respect to the testing of real welded components for verification of models and simulations.
  • The research on Novel stainless steels is concerned with optimizing the balance of alloying elements to achieve microstructures containing appropriate fractions of ferrite, austenite and martensite for desired combinations of properties. It also covers feasibility aspects of industrial processing and production costs. The properties of prime interest are strength, toughness, formability and, naturally, corrosion resistance.

Further details of the unit are given in the links http://www.oulu.fi/casr/ and http://www.oulu.fi/materialsengineering/.

This announcement concerns two positions: one tenure track position and one post-doc position.

Description of the field of the two positions:
The materials concerned in the research field are advanced ultra-high strength steels with complex engineered microstructures. These are e.g. the nanostructured bainite and/or highly randomized martensite with finely divided austenite found in superbainitic steels and direct quenched and partitioned (DQ&P) steels, which are characterized by extraordinary strengths combined with reasonable ductility and good low temperature toughness. Future steel design needs to focus on developing compositions and processing routes to generate steels amenable to welding or post-weld microstructural reconstitution, e.g. regeneration of finely divided austenite in nanostructured bainite. The two research positions described here will address the mechanisms of ductile and brittle fracture in microstructures like those described above from the point of view of dislocation – obstacle interactions. Both linear elastic fracture mechanisms as well as elastic-plastic fracture mechanics have to be re-examined with appropriate fracture toughness test methods to account for the multiple mechanisms that can operate in such microstructures. The research field will form an integral part of the MPE unit, and will involve working in close cooperation with the unit’s other groups and projects.

Responsibilities and Required Qualifications
The successful candidate is expected to conduct high-level research in the field, including research management and funding acquisition, and to take actively part in international scientific community and collaboration. Furthermore, the duties include undergraduate and graduate level teaching and supervision of academic theses. Career assessment on the tenure track is based on regular performance assessment that measures the candidate´s merits in all these areas.

It is envisaged that the successful applicant will possess the experience and competence to be placed at Assistant Professor level in the tenure track system. The University of Oulu Tenure Track Guidelines will be followed in filling the position.

1) Tenure Track Position on Assistant or Associate Professor Level
The position of an assistant professor is for persons who have recently finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. The position is always fixed-term and the duration is five years. A continuation period may be granted as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines. Only doctors who have finished their doctoral thesis less than ten years ago can be appointed to the position of an assistant professor. The selection criteria for an assistant professor are the following:

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. materials science and/or mechanical engineering and/or welding metallurgy)
  • Research potential, (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participation in funding applications / funding granted)
  • National and international networks and experience from working abroad
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of master level and doctoral students
  • Demonstrating developed skills is prerequisite for a continuation period

The position of an associate professor is a fixed-term position for five years, but a continuation period may be granted. Being granted continuation for the position requires meeting the below-mentioned criteria as well as successful research work as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.

2) Postdoctoral Researcher Position
The position of a post-doc is for persons who have recently finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. The selection criteria are the following:

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. materials science)
  • Research potential, (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participation in funding applications/funding granted)
  • National and international networks and experience from working abroad
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of master level and doctoral students
  • Demonstrating developed skills is prerequisite for a continuation period

Salary
The salary will be based on the levels 5 – 6 (assistant professor or postdoctoral researcher) and 6 – 7 (associate professor) of the demand level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary bill be given for personal achievements and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary level for the position. Therefore, the full salary is approximately 3,500 – 4,500 euros per month for an assistant professor or postdoctoral researcher and 4,000 – 5,200 euros per month for an associate professor.

The Application
Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 6th November, 2017.

The position is filled as of 1st January, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 4 months is applied to the position.

The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included, preferably as a single pdf file:

1) A brief curriculum vitae according to Finnish Advisory board on Research Integrity (TENK)
2) List of publications, ten most important ones marked
3) A brief research and action plan
4) Contact details of 2 to 4 persons available for recommendation
5) The applicant is encouraged to include his own citation indices (total number of citations and h index)

Evaluators
The selection procedure will be carried out by an Appointment Committee according to the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.

Contact details
In order to receive the information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed in order to fill this post, applicants must inform the Faculty of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, their e-mail addresses, and their postal addresses.

For further information about the application and selection procedures, please contact:
Professor, Head of Materials and Production Engineering Unit, Jukka Kömi, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Finland, tel +358 (40) 549 0311, email: jukka.komi at oulu.fi
Senior Research Fellow, Docent, Mahesh Somani, Materials and Production Engineering Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Finland, tel +358 (50) 358 6483, email: mahesh.somani at oulu.fi

 

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