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Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher)
University of Eastern Finland

Date Posted May 11, 2022
Title Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher)
University University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Eastern Finland, Finland
Department Department of Applied Physics
Application Deadline Jun. 15, 2022
Position Start Date as agreed
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - General
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Earth Sciences
    Computer/Information Sciences
Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher), Machine Learning and Inverse Problems in Satellite Based Air-Quality Monitoring


The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher), Machine Learning and Inverse Problems in Satellite Based Air-Quality Monitoring, position on the Kuopio campus at the Department of Applied Physics. The position will initially be filled until 31 July 2023, starting from 1 August 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 15 June 2022.

Role and salary  

We are seeking for a highly motivated and talented Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher) to join our project “Novel computational methods for reliable satellite-based air quality data”, carried out jointly with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of the project is to develop a novel artificial intelligence based approach for satellite retrieval of fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) data. The envisioned approach will utilize an innovative fusion of high-resolution satellite observation data, simulation model based information, geographical indicator data, ground observations, traditional inverse problems solutions and machine learning techniques to produce a satellite based PM2.5 product with an unprecedented accuracy and high resolution. The main responsibilities of the doctoral researcher are on the development and implementation of the machine learning algorithms on Python language and validation of their performance.

The person to be appointed to this position will work in the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems research group, see for more details. The group is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modeling and Imaging (Academy of Finland).

In order to pursue postgraduate studies, the person to be selected to the position must apply for the right to postgraduate studies from the SCITECO ( doctoral program of the Faculty.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 2448 – 3210 €/month. 

The position will be filled initially until 31 July 2023, starting from 1 August 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Possible continuation of the position can be agreed separately. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

Our requirements and expectations  


  • A person to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad, which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies. The person to be appointed in the position shall hold a master’s degree or equivalent in physics, engineering or applied mathematics. Candidates who are currently completing or have recently completed a MSc degree are invited to apply, provided that they will have completed their degree before agreed starting date. 
  • Potential candidates should have a good command of the English language


  • Strong programming skills (Python)
  • Background in physics, engineering or applied mathematics
  • Previous experience in machine learning, inverse problems and/or remote sensing is highly beneficial.

Your benefits 

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including:

  • extensive occupational health care, 
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services,
  • affordable sports services.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting and diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community. 

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more. 

How to apply? 

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 15 June 2022 (by 23.00 CET). 

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application: 


For further information on the position, please contact Professor Ville Kolehmainen, email:, tel.+ +358 29 445 3340. 

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Executive Assistant Satu Turunen, email:, tel. +358 29 445 3031.

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Science and Forestry in brief 

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We are home to 16,000 students and 2,750 staff members. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 460 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

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Contact Information

  • Ville Kolehmainen
    Department of Applied Physics
    University of Eastern Finland
    Registry Office, University of Eastern Finland
    P.O.Box 1627
    Kuopio, Eastern Finland
  • +358 29 445 3340


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