Postdoctoral researcher in the area of Bio-based materials

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

Postdoctoral researcher in the area of Bio-based materials


We are looking for an employee to fill a Postdoctoral Position in the research group Materials Chemistry of Cellulose headed by Prof. Eero Kontturi. 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 forest products technology 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.

The position is part of a national consortium project that aims to build next generation carbon-capturing algal cell factories in a solid-state nanocellulose matrix. The role of the postdoctoral researcher would be do produce and modify suitable nanocellulose grades and build architectures thereof for algal cell immobilization and further usage by algal biologists.


As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in experimental science and have a background in chemistry, biosciences, physics or a closely related field. Solid skills in synthetics and/or analytics are an additional advantage.

The candidate should also have:

  • PhD in a suitable field
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience in carrying out independent research and working in a team environment


Salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University.

For more information

Please see  for more information about the research group or contact Professor Eero Kontturi ([email protected]).

In matters related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Sanni Mero ([email protected]).

How to apply

Application material should include:

    •  A letter of motivation (max. one A4)
    •  CV (including a list of publications)
    •  Two letters of recommendation


All materials should be provided in English.

Please send your application, at earliest convenience and no later than 27th September 2019 through the online recruitment system (link below). Only the shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The position is funded initially for one year with a possible extension to two years, pending the performance of the employee (1+1 years). The position is immediately open and the latest possible starting date is 1st December 2019.


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.

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