Doctoral candidates in the field of electrocatalysis

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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Chemical Technology invites applications for:

two PhD level positions in the field of electrocatalysis

The position is located in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Research Group of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, see link .

The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science at Aalto University has strong records in material development for energy applications.

Job description

ELCOREL (Electrochemical Conversion of Renewable Electricity into Fuels and Chemicals) is a multisite Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded within EU Horizon 2020 framework Programme (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions). The project begins 01.05.2017 but the positions are available from September 2017. On the other hand, the application period for the selected candidates to the doctoral studies at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering begins 01.09.2017 and ends 02.10.2017 at 15:00 EET.

The ELCOREL Network ( focuses scientific and technological aspects of the storage of renewable electricity into fuels and chemicals. The consortium joins five academic and two non-academic institution located in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Italy.

The aim of ELCOREL is to train young researchers in all scientific and technological aspects of the storage of renewable electricity into fuels and chemicals. The scientific aim is to develop and upscale novel catalysts meeting specific activity and selectivity targets for oxygen evolution and CO2 reduction. The involvement of two industrial partners ensures rapid application of the fundamental science in electrochemical technology.

The positions at the Aalto University are focused on development, characterization and implementation of advanced catalysts for electrochemical oxygen evolution and CO2 reduction. For one of the position particular attention will be paid to atomic layer deposition (ALD) approach and other relevant methods in synthesis of well-defined catalyst surfaces and their structural and electrochemical characterization. For the other position focus is on chemical engineering as well as structural and electrochemical characterization methods.


Successful candidates must hold a M.Sc. degree (or an equivalent) in Chemistry, Material Science or related field at the time of the contract commencement. Furthermore, (s)he must be in the first 4 years of his/her research carrier and meet the mobility eligibility criteria as outlined by the Marie Curie ITN rules i.e. may not have carried out their main activity in Finland for more than 12 month in the previous 3 years.

The ideal candidate has hands on experience in advanced synthesis, structural characterization techniques (TEM, SEM, Raman, XRD, etc.). Moreover, good knowledge on electrochemistry is an advantage. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.


Aalto University follows the new salary system of Finnish universities.

For more Information

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Tanja Kallio (tel. +358 50 5637 567 email:

How to apply

Applications for the positions have to be submitted electronically through the ELCOREL webpages (

 Successful applications must contain

 1)   Structured CV (with list of publication and scientometric data) including information on expected date of graduation

 2)   Motivation letter containing names and email of 2 references,

 3)   Certified copy of the MSc Diploma or Transcript of studies. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled

All material should be submitted in English. The application material will not be returned.

Full attention will be guaranteed to the applications registered before 01.05.2017. 

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.

In Espoo, 23.02.2017.