Doctoral Student In Biofunctionalization Of Nanomaterials And Surfaces
University of Oulu Faculty of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering

Doctoral Student In Biofunctionalization Of Nanomaterials And Surfaces


The University of Oulu in Finland, with approximately 15,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university, with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environments, and broad international cooperation (


Position description


A two-year doctoral student position is available in the field of biofunctionalization of nanomaterials and surfaces aiming for biosensing under the supervision of Adjunct Professor Gabriela S. Lorite at the Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering. The project will focus on the surface modification of diamond and silicon surfaces with biomolecules (e.g. antibodies) for biosensing of specific target molecules in cartilage tissue. In addition, the research will exploit the capabilities of carbon nanotubes as bioreceptor and nanotransducers for biosensing of osteoarthritis biomarkers.


The starting date is latest by 1.9.2019. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the two-year contract. After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School's (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at


Requirements for a doctoral student


The position is to be filled by a highly motivated student. The candidate must hold a Master’s degree in biochemistry, chemistry or nanotechnology. Degree must have been completed with very good grades by 01.09.2019. Laboratory experience on surface modification/functionalization are essential requirements for the position. Experience in characterization techniques especially AFM and fluorescence microcopy are considered as advantages. Ability to pursue independent research and excellent writing and fluency in English is expected, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.


Salary and benefits


The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2-4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 50 % of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal achievements and performance. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2450 € per month and it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.




Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 31.05.2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered. The following documents must be attached to the application as one pdf file (to be submitted in English):


1. Motivation letter describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (max 1 page).


2. Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity ( The CV should also contain:


2a. Contact information of at least two referees.


2b. List of publications


3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish.


Other relevant information


The eligible applicants fitting the best the research profile expected for the positions will be invited to an on-site or remote interview (via Skype). All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.


Contact details


Gabriela Lorite Yrjänä, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow

Coordinator of MIRACLE project (H2020/EU)

e-mail: gabriela.lorite(at)

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