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Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based materials

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 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based materials

Job description

The candidate will be mainly working in fundamental research on the moisture behavior of bio-based materials in a prestigious project funded by Academy of Finland. Depending on background and skills, the candidate can be promoted to team leader, who will be responsible for other projects and PhD students. The position is available immediately, but the starting date can be negotiated to several months ahead.

The postdoctoral position is open in the Wood Material Science  research group headed by Prof. Lauri Rautkari. The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (Finland) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, which is equipped with excellent facilities (, and in the Nanomicroscopy center (


The eligible candidate should have:

  • Recently obtained a PhD in a suitable field, such as material science or chemistry; wood science is an asset
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience in carrying out independent research and working in a team environment
  • Experience in writing high level scientific publications

Skills, knowledge and abilities in the following areas are highly desirable:

  • Experience in spectroscopic analyses, such as NIR, FTIR and Raman spectroscopies
  • Good understanding of wood structure and chemistry
  • Experience in water interaction of biomaterials
  • Experience in raising competitive funding


Salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University and depends on the candidate’s experience. The position is at least for one year with a possible extension to several years. The starting date is 1st September (2020) or will be negotiated.

For more information

For additional information, please contact Prof. Lauri Rautkari and in matters related to the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen. E-mails: [email protected]

How to apply

The application should include the following in a single pdf:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • names and contact details of references.

Please send your application, at your earliest convenience but no later than 15.07.2020 through the online recruitment system (link below). If a suitable person is found earlier than 15.07. we might hire him/her immediately and stop the recruitment process. 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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