University of Oulu

Postdoctoral researcher, Research Unit of Population Health

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The North changes the world – we at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic


at the Research Unit of Population Health to work for our stimulating pluridisciplinary research consortium Future School of Comprehensive Well-Being (SchoolWell).

The faculty and the research group

SchoolWell includes researchers in diverse fields including social and life course epidemiology, biomedical data science, sport and health sciences, behavioural sciences, and education. Together, we aim at exploring complexity and development of students’ comprehensive well-being and means to enhance it at school. The consortium is funded under the Strategic Research Council (Academy of Finland) programme Children and young people – healthy, thriving and capable makers of the future (YOUNG).

Open position

The position is available from 1st March 2023 to 30th September 2025 in the first instance.

The postdoctoral researcher will be using large, population-based datasets and intervention data to identify drivers of inequality and to detect equality gaps in students’ comprehensive well-being, including mental, physical and socio-pedagogical dimensions of well-being. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in implementing SchoolWell intervention and in carrying out systematic literature review to accomplish synthesis of the predictors for students’ comprehensive well-being and the characteristics of effective school-based interventions.

Qualification requirements

We expect a candidate with a doctoral degree in a field related to the study theme. Doctoral researchers near completion can also apply. We are looking for a candidate with high motivation towards data science in both experimental and observational designs. Experience in school-based and/or other learning related research environments is a merit. The successful candidate will join an international multi-disciplinary research team and is therefore requested good communication skills in English (oral and writing).

What we offer

We offer you

  • A place in a highly talented research consortium, working on strategically significant pluridisciplinary research context.
  • University´s wide variety of support services, allowing you to focus on your studies and research.
  • Modern research facilities and personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, support for sport services and various opportunities to develop your skills and competences.
  • Regular salary paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • Insurance and occupational health care provided by the university.
  • In addition, the Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.


A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): level 5–6. 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 between 3100–4000€ per month (before taxes).

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 31st December 2022 (23.59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1)     A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here.

2)     Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

3)     List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: with six most important clearly indicated.

4)     Certificates/Diplomas: scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

The position is fixed-term available from 1st March 2023 to 30th September 2025 in the first instance. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

For further information, please contact Dr. Marko Kantomaa, Research Unit of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland. Email: marko.kantomaa(at)

About Oulu, Finland

Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre in the Nordics and one of the fastest growing regions in northern Finland. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Living in Oulu is easy – everything is only max. 20 minutes away! Find out more about Oulu:

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