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Doctoral Candidate to computational chemistry research group

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.


School of Chemical Engineering is now looking for a motivated

Doctoral candidate to computational chemistry group

Do you have background in computational chemistry and are searching for an opportunity to use your knowledge and develop your competence further?

The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science is looking for a doctoral candidate to join a group of scientist lead by Professor Kari Laasonen. You would be participating an EU project ComBat focusing on developing new chemicals to flow batteries. Our part in this project is to model electron transfer reactions. We are using a newly developed Constrained DFT methods to evaluate the Marcus theory parameters with ab initio molecular dynamics. This position is also a great opportunity to develop your collaboration skills since the modelling work is done in collaboration with the electrochemistry and synthetic organic chemistry groups.



You have a Master’s degree preferably in Physical chemistry, Physics or equivalent fields. You have good background of computational chemistry. Your knowledge of electrochemistry, ab initio molecular dynamics and/or CDFT will be counted as your advantage.

In this position, you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria. In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.


Salary and contract terms

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2450€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. We hope you would be able to start in your new position in February 2020.

Our target is that you will acquire the doctoral degree in four years.


More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Professor Kari Laasonen, [email protected] In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Isabella Itäpalo, [email protected]


Ready to apply?

Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English.

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Course transcripts of Bachelor and Master’s studies

The call is open until December 16, 2019, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


About Aalto University, Campus and Finland

The School of Chemical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff.


Some relevant publications

1.       Nico Holmberg and Kari Laasonen, Efficient Constrained Density Functional Theory Implementation for Simulation of Condensed Phase Electron Transfer Reactions, JCTC 13, 587-601 (2017), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b01085

2.       Nico Holmberg and Kari Laasonen, Diabatic model for electrochemical hydrogen evolution based on constrained DFT configuration interaction, J. Chem. Phys. 149, 104702, (2018).


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