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Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based products

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 an innovation-driven

Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Bio-based products

The whole world is currently in the middle of a disruption nobody even imagined a few months ago. We at Aalto University believe this change will accelerate the growing interest in sustainable and fossil-free products, materials and technologies. Forest industry in particular and its products have a golden opportunity to be on a driver’s seat to lead the global fossil free transformation.

If you share our passion for making a “dent in the universe” with biomaterials, please join us in our journey to disrupt the wood-based industry!

Job description

The candidate will mainly work on the research of new wood & bio-based products and technologies. In addition to his/her own research, the candidate will be preparing projects and funding applications on the field, and supervising the consequent research activities. Depending on background and skills, the candidate can be promoted to team leader, with supervising responsible for other projects and researchers as well.

The postdoctoral position is open in the Bioproduct technology research group headed by Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen. The laboratories are situated at the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (Finland) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, which is equipped with excellent facilities ( Piloting of the studied processes is possible at Savonlinna XAMK Fiber Laboratory ( The selected candidate will join and work within the Materials Bioeconomy Flagship, FinnCERES (


The eligible candidate should have:

  • Recently (max 5 years) obtained a PhD in a suitable field, such as material science or chemistry. Knowledge of wood science is an asset.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Finnish is an asset.
  • 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:

  • Innovative, out-of-the-box and cross discipline mindset
  • Good understanding of wood structure and chemistry
  • Experience of working for (or in cooperation with) industry
  • Experience in raising competitive funding

Terms of employment

Salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University and depends on the candidate’s experience. The duration of the employment is minimum one year with a possible extension to 5 years in total. We prefer the selected candidate to be able to start as soon as possible, but the starting date can ge negotiated.

For more information

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

A message from your future supervisor, Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen:

Many things and approaches can make a good researcher. One can be a meticulous methodologist and the other an out-of-the-box innovator. The third one may be a fluent networker, absorbing ideas outside of his or her own area of expertise. In all aspects, it’s very important to have a self-reliant ‘get-things-done’ attitude. Obviously, a good real-life researcher is a combination of all of these qualities, with the ability to vary the approach depending of the phase of the research. If you share the passion for biotechnology discoveries, I am looking forward hearing from you!

How to apply

The application should include the following in a single pdf:

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

Please send your application, at your earliest convenience but no later than October 31st 2020 through the online recruitment system (not by email). If a suitable person is found earlier 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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