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Early Stage Researcher (PhD student), Inverse Problems in Dynamic SPECT/CT Imaging
University of Eastern Finland

Date Posted Mar. 3, 2022
Title Early Stage Researcher (PhD student), Inverse Problems in Dynamic SPECT/CT Imaging
University University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Eastern Finland, Finland
Department Department of Applied Physics
Application Deadline Mar. 31, 2022
Position Start Date as agreed
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - General
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher, in Inverse Problems in Dynamic SPECT/CT Imaging, position on the Kuopio campus at the Department of Applied Physics. The position will initially be filled until 31 December 2022, starting from 19 April 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 31 March 2022.

Role and salary  

We are seeking for a highly motivated and talented Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) to join our team for a PhD project on computational inverse problems solutions for dynamic SPECT/CT imaging. The aim in the PhD project is to develop advanced cardiac imaging protocol by an innovative combination of inverse problems methods and short time frame imaging data from new generation digital single photon emission computed tomography and computerized tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging. The main responsibilities of the PhD student are on the development and implementation of the inverse problems solutions and evaluation on their clinical feasibility in collaboration with the Diagnostic Imaging Centre at the Kuopio University hospital.

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).

The doctoral student position may be applied for by persons who already are enrolled as doctoral students at the University of Eastern Finland and by persons planning to complete their doctoral studies at the University of Eastern Finland.

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. For an Early Stage Researcher, the job requirement component is 2,078.27 - 2,591.28 €/month, based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component can be between 6-50 % of the above-mentioned sums. The estimated salary in the beginning of the employment will be approximately 2,288.00-3,162.00 €/month.

The position will be filled initially until 31 December 2022, starting from 19 April 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Possible continuation of the position can be agreed separately. The maximum duration of an Early Stage Researcher position is four years as total. 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  


  • The person to be appointed in the position shall hold a suitable master’s degree, e.g. Master’s 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 (MatLab, Python and/or C++).
  • Background in physics, engineering or applied mathematics.
  • Previous experience in inverse problems or medical image computing 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 31 March 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 3,000 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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