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Postdoctoral Researcher
Aalto University

Date Posted Sep. 17, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Researcher
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T106 Chemical and Metallurgical Eng
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - General
The School of Chemical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. It combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way.

We are now looking for a


for an interdisciplinary project operating in the fields of hydrometallurgy, electrochemistry and soft materials.   

As a post doc you will be working in Academy of Finland funded project EARMetal, focusing specifically on electrochemical recovery of valuable metals from metallurgical solutions directly on soft functional materials. Your research will be conducted in the interphase of two research groups: 60 % in Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion Group (prof. Mari Lundström) and 40 % Multifunctional Materials Design Group (Ass. prof. Jaana Vapaavuori). The common goal of both research groups is to take circular economy into the next level, and in this specific project it means recovering valuable metal from complex, multimetal solutions directly on soft materials in order to create high-added-value functional materials.

Your role and goals
Your work will include independent planning and executing experimental research (inc. analysing the data) drafting manuscripts, and possible (minor) teaching duties. You will also collaborate closely with PhD student(s) working with the complementary tasks in the same project. We expect you to know principles of hydrometallurgy, electrochemistry (in order to be able to conduct electrochemical experiments) and of soft materials (in order to prepare and characterize porous or actuating soft materials from natural polymer sources). You will be working as a part of two large research groups, so good team working and communication skills are essential, as well as excellent self-management skills (incl. time management, manuscript drafting, independent experimental work, safe lab working skills): you will be bridging the research knowledge of these groups so that a united research project is achieved.

Your experience and ambitions
You have knowledge in the fields of hydrometallurgy, electrochemistry and soft materials demonstrated by excellent academic track record. In addition to fundamental phenomena, you are interested to understand the impact and interest of your research in industrial scale as well. Additional basic knowledge of metallurgical industry, or polymer physics, and/or knowledge of catalysis, actuators or sensors is considered as an advantage.

We are looking for a self-driven and dynamic but independent team member, who is able to work in two research groups and to grow network.  We expect you have a Doctoral degree in a relevant field obtained within 5 last years. To succeed you need strong research, communication, organization, and cooperation skills. Fluent English language skills are required for the position.

What we offer
We offer you an interesting and diverse position at the academy-industry interphase, in a project which enables sustainable metals recovery and preparation of high added value materials e.g. into the applications of solar energy production, actuators and sensors. 

The laboratories and the office are located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This is a full-time (100%) fixed-term employment. Initially a one year contract with possibility of approximately 2 years extension depending on progress.
The salary is determined according to the salary system for Finnish universities. The starting date would preferably be in January-February 2022

For more information
In application process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Alice Björklund using the email format <>

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our e-recruitment system no later than October 10th, 2021. To apply, please share the following application materials with us (in English, pdf documents):
  • your CV
  • publication list
  • motivation letter indicating how this position would fit into your long-term career plan. Applicant should also reflect applicant’s competence in this kind of interdisciplinary research in the fields of hydrometallurgy-electrochemistry-soft materials
  • a self-written tutorial essay (appr. 1000 words, in English, may also contain figures) summarizing the state-of-the-art research in electrodeposition-redox replacement (EDRR)

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

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