Research units

The Research Units of the Faculty of Science are listed below.


  • Leader: Jari Oksanen
  • Degree programme: Biology

Genetics and Physiology

  • Leader: Jouni Aspi
  • Degree programme: Biology


  • Leader: Jarmo Rusanen
  • Geography is one of the widest fields of science. It studies different spatial and regional processes on the surface of the Earth, mainly in the context of human activities. One of the focal areas of geography is the examination of the relationship between people and the environment. This relation and its changing meanings are still important starting-points in geography. At the University of Oulu, geography is divided into five fields of specialization: physical geography, human geography, tourism geography, geoinformatics as well as regional development and regional policy. The subject matter of Geography is regional systems in both physical nature and social aspects. Geography has a special role of a mediator between social and natural sciences. Due to the wide-ranging character of their research subjects, geographers currently apply the theories and methods of natural sciences, cultural and social sciences widely.
  • Degree programme: Geography

Applied and Computational Mathematics

  • Leader: Keijo Ruotsalainen
  • Degree programme: Mathematical Sciences

Applied Mathematics and Statistics

  • Leader: Lasse Holmström
  • The research in applied mathematics and statistics focuses on mathematical and statistical modeling and data analyses. Examples are inverse problems, mathematical physics, resource allocation in communication networks, solidification of metals, optimal control, climate change, image analysis, prediction of quantitative and qualitative traits based on genomic information as well as epidemiological studies.
  • Degree programme: Mathematical Sciences


  • Leader: Maarit Järvenpää
  • Degree programme: Mathematical Sciences


  • Leader: Heikki Salo
  • Degree programme: Physics

Ionospheric Physics

  • Leader: Anita Aikio
  • Degree programme: Physics

Nano and molecular systems


  • Degree programme: Physics

NMR spectroscopy

  • Leader: Juha Vaara
  • The main scope of the NMR research group is to develop experimental, theoretical and computational methods based on the magnetic resonance phenomena and apply those methods to topical problems in molecular and materials science. More information about the research can be found from the group webpages:
  • Degree programme: Physics / Chemistry

Space Climate

  • Leader: Kalevi Mursula
  • Space Climate studies the long-term (about 10-10000 years) change in the activity and structure of solar magnetic fields, and their effects in the space dominated by solar magnetic fields (so called heliosphere), including the Earth's space environment, atmosphere and climate. The unit leads the ReSoLVE Centre of Excellence of the Academy of Finland.
  • Degree programme: Physics

Theoretical Physics

  • Leader: Matti Alatalo
  • The research of the theoretical physics group is focused on theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. Our research topics include low-dimensional materials such as TiO2 nanoclusters and MoS2 as well as the oxidation of metal surfaces. Mesoscopic systems such as superconducting qubits form another important research area.  A third topic is the normal and superfluid properties of a Fermi liquid applied to liquid 3He.
  • Degree programme: Physics



Last updated: 18.10.2019