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Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based materials
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 3, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based materials
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - General
    Chemistry - Analytical
    Chemistry - Physical
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering is looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based materials

The position is part of a European wide consortium called FuturoLEAF ( It is focussed on the use of nanocellulose in the next generation carbon-capturing algal cell factories. The role of the postdoctoral researcher would be to produce and modify suitable nanocellulose grades and build architectures thereof for cell immobilization and encapsulation.

The Postdoctoral position is open in the research group Materials Chemistry of Cellulose headed by Prof. Eero Kontturi. It is an interdisciplinary group with a wide international collaboration network. The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (

The group offers a multidisciplinary research environment at the crossroads of lignocellulosics and biomaterials together with excellent, up-to-date infrastructure. It is part of the FinnCERES Bioeconomy ecosystem which is based on a joint Flagship funding for Aalto University and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) by Academy of Finland ( This offers further chances for national and international collaboration.

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in experimental science and have a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, biosciences, physics or a closely related field. Solid skills in physical chemistry, synthetics and/or analytics are an additional advantage. The position is particularly suitable for a highly motivated young researcher with eyes on possible academic career. High profile publishing is a priority.

The candidate should also have:

Recently obtained PhD (max 5 years) in a suitable field

Good written and oral communication skills in English

Experience in carrying out independent research and working in a team environment

What we offer
The position is funded initially for one year with a possible extension to a further year, (1+1 years). The starting date is 1st September 2022 but an earlier start can be negotiated if deemed relevant.

The monthly gross salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 3560-4040 €/month depending on experience. The contract includes occupational health care and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit, and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount.

How to apply      
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply now!”).

To apply, please include the following documents in English and in PDF format:

 A letter of motivation (max. one A4)

 CV (including a list of publications)

 Two letters of recommendation

Please submit your application at your earliest convenience and no later than 19th June 2022.

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For more information
Please see for more information about the research group or contact Professor Eero Kontturi (eero.kontturi(a)
In matters related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen (tiina.torvinen(a)

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: Aalto University - Towards a better world, Aalto People, and Shaping a Sustainable Future. You can also check out our webpage about Aalto and Finland: and our new virtual campus experience:

About Finland
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