Researcher in Epidemiology

University of Oulu

Researcher in Epidemiology


Faculty of Medicine, Population Health, Systems Epidemiology

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities. 


We are now looking for a

Doctoral Researcher

to join us at the Systems Epidemiology section of the Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu & Biocenter Oulu.

About the job

This position is for an individual to take part in large-scale metabolic and/or genetic research of human metabolism in epidemiological contexts. We would expect you to have inherent interest in scientific research and basic knowledge in

  • human metabolism and/or physiology
  • human genetics
  • epidemiology

Your responsibilities would include

  • doctoral studies
  • working as a team member in various projects
  • independent statistical analyses of various omics-data

What we offer?

The support of an experienced and enthusiastic small team in which you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.

Who are you?

In order to succeed in and enjoy this position, we expect from you: 

  • A Master’s degree in natural or medical sciences
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Good IT skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Good communication skills and capability for teamwork
  • Basic statistical skills
  • Use of the R software (or willingness to learn immediately)
  • Interest in high-quality science
  • Please see also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

We would also appreciate:

  • First author publications in leading scientific journals
  • Finnish language skills


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 1.1.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary will be based on the levels 2-4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2400-2800 € per month (before taxes).  

A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 8.11.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. Cover letter (max one A4 page)
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. Contact information of two persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Mika Ala-Korpela (Systems Epidemiology section of the Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu & Biocenter Oulu) via email:


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.1.2024
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/468
  • Mika Ala-Korpela, +358401977657
Published 04.Oct.2023
Last application date 08.Nov.2023

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