Doctoral Position in Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Population Genomic and Ecological Data
University of Oulu Faculty of Science

Doctoral Student in Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Population Genomic and Ecological Data

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. We, at the University of Oulu, work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

The host research team also belongs to Kvantum of Oulu which offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures.

We have now an opening for a Doctoral Student position in research project: Fall and rise of endangered species: Detection of genomic and population ecological signals of decreasing and increasing populations (Laura Kvist, Jouni Aspi, Mikko Sillanpää). The position is filled for a maximum of four-year period.

We are looking for a talented and motivated candidate to develop a spatio-temporal model to combine population ecological and genomic parameters for estimation of population viability in endangered species. This is a part of a project that studies population genomic and ecological parameters and their connection in population size changes.

The doctoral student for spatio-temporal modeling will be placed in the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences and will be supervised mainly by Prof.  Mikko Sillanpää. However, this multidisciplinary work is done in close collaboration with Doc. Laura Kvist and Prof Jouni Aspi as well as the other researchers of their research group of Wildlife Genomics ( at the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit. The research group of Prof Mikko J. Sillanpää ( is developing new computationally efficient and practical statistical methods and their applications in biology, medicine and other fields. Bayesian analysis and data analytic methods using hierarchical models and Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling methods are preferred in the group. The Wildlife Genomics research group is focusing broadly on evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics/genomics, molecular ecology and landscape genetics and phylogeography. Current research includes, e.g. usage of ancient DNA, studying animal domestication, and investigating genetic effects of post-glacial recolonization processes and habitat fragmentation. We collaborate closely with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally. 

The employment begins on 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period is applied in the position.


  • Master’s degree with good grades in mathematics, statistics or related discipline, good knowledge of biology and genetics is regarded as an advantage for the position
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Good communication and teamwork skills

What we offer

  • You will become a part of a highly talented research group, working on strategically and globally significant research area
  • You will receive support not only from your team and supervisor, but also from university´s wide variety of support services, so that you can excel in your research.
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare, affordable sport services and salary payments for 12 months / year.
  • Other benefits: The successful candidate will receive full benefits provided by the University of Oulu to university employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services. The successful candidate will receive also benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality affordable childcare services.


The salary is at the beginning set on levels 2 or 3 depending on earlier experience, and later on levels 3 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2300 – 2700 € per month for an early stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.


Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by February 28th, 2021 (23:59 Finnish local time, EET), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files:

  • Complete CV containing contact information of at least two referees (Max. size limit of the attachment: 5 Mbytes)
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) describing prior knowledge and research interests and career plans (1-2 pages; max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).
  • Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English or Finnish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish. (Max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes)

Further information

Prof. Mikko Sillanpää, Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences (

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