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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Doctoral Researcher: Neuro-Innovation, Computational Physics
University of Eastern Finland

Date Posted Nov. 21, 2022
Title Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Doctoral Researcher: Neuro-Innovation, Computational Physics
University University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Finland
Department Applied Physics
Application Deadline Jan. 31, 2023
Position Start Date May 5, 2023
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - General

We are now inviting applications for one fully funded 4-year Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Doctoral Programme project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. Position at the Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, will start earliest in May 2023. Read more below and submit your application no later than January 31, 2023.

Research topic and environment

We are seeking for a highly motivated and talented Doctoral Researcher to join our team for a PhD research topic ‘Image reconstruction in high temporal resolution functional MRI of the brain’. The objective of the research is to develop a novel combination of advanced (compressed sensing based) image reconstruction methods and optimal fMRI data collection techniques, such as radial zero-echo time fMRI, which can produce high temporal and spatial resolution fMRI with random repeated stimulus. The research can result in major advances in functional imaging techniques of the brain, paving way for breakthroughs in basic research of the brain and the approaches developed are expected to also have high translational potential to diagnostic imaging and high commercialization value. You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in your motivation letter. Suggested topic must be in the research area of the Neuro-Innovation DP and the hosting research group.

The person to be appointed to this position will work in the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems research group ( at the Department of Applied Physics. The group is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modeling and Imaging, Academy of Finland). The host team collaborates closely with the Neurobiology of Memory group ( and the Biomedical Imaging group ( at the A. I. Virtanen Institute which houses world-class research facilities and active research for preclinical MRI and electrophysiology.

Role and salary

This is one of the two Doctoral Researcher positions in this call in the Neuro-Innovation project, a novel effort at University of Eastern Finland (UEF) to integrate its world class neuroscience with top-level innovation management, social sciences, law, data sciences and applied physics. This integration will produce unique inter/multidisciplinary competence that contributes to brain health innovation in Europe and beyond by training future leaders in this area of research and practice. Neuro-Innovation training will address the translation of research results into clinical adaptation and commercial outcomes. The Doctoral Researcher will join the Doctoral Programme in Science, Technology and Computing. The selection of the Doctoral Researchers in the Faculty of Science and Forestry will be determined during the selection process of the Neuro-Innovation project and may change from what has initially been announced based on the eligibility of the applicants and the scoring of the applications. See our website:

The main duty of the Doctoral Researcher is to complete their doctoral dissertation in accordance with their research proposal written in the beginning of the employment period. At UEF, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a fixed term of four years starting earliest in May 2023. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.  

In this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4 (2108 – 2629 €), and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The salary of a Doctoral Researcher depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance. At the beginning of the employment relationship the salary will be approximately 2 445 €/month.

Doctoral Researcher will be employed as staff with relevant benefits, such as a pension scheme and benefits for employment injuries, occupational diseases and unemployment. They have a legal right to a leave of absence, for example for maternity, paternity and parental leaves. Doctoral Researcher enjoys many government-funded benefits in Finland, including free health care for families, low-cost day care and other benefits for families with children (See more information about Family Benefits). 

What we expect and wish from you 

This research project needs the participation of people with passion for excellence in research, innovation, and impact. For this position, we look for candidates with a background in physics, engineering or applied mathematics. The PhD candidate needs strong programming skills (e.g., MatLab or Python) and previous experience on inverse problems, medical image computing and MRI is highly beneficial.  In addition, high level of English proficiency is essential. As far as soft skills are concerned, we welcome candidates with a proactive, collaborative attitude who are enthusiastic about working and sharing expertise in interdisciplinary teams. The candidate is encouraged to participate in various intersectoral activities offered by the PhD programme and spend some time abroad with our international academic partners or non-academic partner institutions.

Requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • hold a Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent degrees) that includes a research thesis (or equivalent) and that entitles to PhD studies in the country where the degree was issued in physics, engineering or applied mathematics or another related relevant field
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than 4 years of research experience after graduation (Master’s Degree or equivalent based on which you are applying for this position) by January 31, 2023
  • excellent command of the English language is required


Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. Doctoral Researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the immediately preceding 3 years on January 31, 2023. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.

What we can offer you  

  • An interesting position in an international, creative, and engaging university community 
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work 
  • Staff benefits of the UEF, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches and sports services 
  • An international university city surrounded by a pristine lake area with affordable housing

How to apply  

The application shall be submitted no later than January 31, 2023 by 24:00 hours Finnish time (11:00 pm CET) by using the electronic application form. Remark: One may apply for both of the two open NeuroInnovation Doctoral Researcher positions, Neuroscience and Computational Physics.

The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by the end of March 2023.

Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates in English

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree transcripts in English
  • certified copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate applicant’s eligibility to doctoral studies
  • copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate applicant’s English language proficiency

  • if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position

  • curriculum vitae (CV) (  

  • Master’s thesis (or Bachelor’s thesis if applying with that) in any language, electronic copy (in zip file or pdf file)

  • two-page summary of the Master’s thesis (or Bachelor’s thesis if applying with that) in English (in pdf file)

  • motivation letter (max three pages) describes the applicant’s motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see

  • full name, mobile phone number and e-mail addresses of at least 2 referees



For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit

For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send email to



University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Science and Forestry and the Department of Applied Physics in brief

University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. We have approximately 15,500 students, and we employ 2,700 people. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and Kuopio. 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. Learn more about our university at  

The Department of Applied Physics provides high-quality education in the areas of computational physics, medical physics, materials physics, and atmospheric physics.  In all the four areas of research in physics, the Department rank high in scientific evaluations and acknowledgments.

The mission of the Faculty of Science and Forestry is to provide education and conduct research in natural sciences and forestry which are of a high academic standard and have a strong impact on society. The faculty educates specialists for the changing world of work in the future and also provides a comprehensive foundation for postgraduate education. Positions for doctoral students become available in the international research environments of our units through our multidisciplinary doctoral degree programmes.

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Contact Information

  • MSCA COFUND Neuro-Innovation Doctoral Programme
    University of Eastern Finland
    Yliopistonranta 1
    Kuopio 70210


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