Postdoctoral researcher - dwarf galaxies, Euclid

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Oulu
Department Name: 
Space physics and astronomy research unit
Street Line 1: 
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1
PL 8000
Job Announcement Text: 

This postdoctoral position is fixed-term for 3,5 years. It consists of operational duties in Euclid, research projects within and outside of Euclid.

The operational duties in Euclid consists of work within the OU-EXT (external surveys operational unit). In this task, we are building and using pipelines to integrate ground based survey data to the Euclid data base. This task will take ~40% of the working hours. In addition to the OU-EXT work package, we are active in the science working groups of Euclid. In those, we are preparing the science of Euclid, focusing especially to the dwarf galaxy science. The applicant can use ~20% of the working time in the science work within Euclid. The remaining hours can be spent between other research projects, teaching and other duties, based on the interests of the applicant.

The research group

The astronomy group in Oulu does research on galaxies, interacting binary stars, and planetary rings. In galaxy science, the group has been part of several large collaborations like S4G and  the FDS. In the last years, the main areas of research have been the evolution of dwarf galaxies, ultra diffuse galaxies and low surface brightness features.

In Euclid, we are responsible for integrating ground-based survey data (coming from CFHT, HSC, and PanSTARRS) to the Euclid data base. In addition to the operational role, we are also part of the Local Universe science working group.

Finland is part of ESO and Oulu is also funding the Nordic optical Telescope at La Palma (Canary islands, Spain). Thus, these telescopes provide great possibilities to gather new data.

The research group in Oulu provides supportive environment with good expertise in the galaxy research, and access to Euclid and other archival datasets. The group is a good work environment for a researcher who wants to perform galaxy research with the large legacy and upcoming Euclid datasets and is interested to spend part of the working time in the Euclid team.

Qualification requirements

Doctoral degree in astronomy

Fluent oral and written English skills.

Experience in python programming.

How to apply

More info and instructions for the application can be found here

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$40800.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

What we offer

University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on your work.

In addition to research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, affordable sport services and opportunities to develop your skills and competence

Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including a paid annual leave of 6 weeks.

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.

We also offer funding for research trips and for attending scientific conferences.


The salary is in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): level 4-5. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 3400€ per month. A trial period of six months is applied in the position.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Aku Venhola
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