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Staff Scientist in Textile Engineering

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Aalto University’s School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM), Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2), is now looking for a

Staff Scientist in Textile Engineering

Are you passionate about textile technology and looking for a possibility to have an impact on the development of biobased sustainable textiles?

We are looking for a candidate with an educational background in textile engineering or textile chemistry with the competence and interest to develop and characterize textile materials and support various research teams. The candidate should be familiar with fiber, yarn, and textile production preferably from renewable raw materials.

In this position, you will be able to collaborate with experts in different fields including textile technology, biopolymers, colloid chemistry, lignocellulosic nanomaterials, and textile design. Combining your textile expertise with the ongoing materials development and molecular understanding of biomaterials available at the department you will be able to develop new sustainable textile materials and processes. Via the FinnCERES materials bioeconomy competence center, LIBER center of excellence, and Bioinnovation Center you have excellent possibilities for multidisciplinary collaboration. The scientific environment and the available tools will enable you to make research-based developments in the field of biobased fibers and textile chemistry.

Your role and goals

Your role will be to strengthen and further develop the expertise in textile technology and chemistry at the department. You will manage and develop the textile infrastructure, participate in teaching, and train the users. You will support our researchers in conducting experiments, tests and analyzing data as well as participate in funding acquisition and research, increasing the knowledge of the available methods within the school

The successful candidate should have a good knowledge of textile engineering, interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching, and ability to strengthen the relationship with industrial partners and textile companies.

Scientific Environment

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology. The department uses its interdisciplinary approach to design and develop innovative products and solutions for applications ranging from construction and textiles to biomaterials, energy, and biomedicine.

Some of our research activities involve textile fiber production, wet spinning, electrospinning, nonwoven web formation, yarn production from staple fibers, and wet chemical process including dyeing, printing, coating and finishing. The school has a comprehensive set of instruments for producing and characterizing textile materials. In addition, the close collaboration with The School of Arts, Design and Architecture enables the use of embroidery, industrial knitting, digital printing and jacquard weaving for demonstrators and prototyping.

Your experience and ambitions

We look for applicants who have:

  • PhD in textile technology, textile chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field

  • Experience of research and/or industrial experience in textile production

  • Expertise in material science with a focus on textile fibers, textile value chain, textile dyeing, finishing, or related fields

  • Excellent written, oral, and communication skills, ability to communicate with scientific peers, company partners and the public

  • Good publication record in peer-reviewed journals

  • Experience in university level teaching is seen as a merit

What we offer

We offer a fixed-term position for 4 years with the possibility for permanent position. Salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University. Our facilities are located at Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland. The planned starting date is 1.2.2023 or later depending on the availability of the candidate.

The employment contract includes occupational health care and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our online recruitment system no later than 30.11.2022 by using the link on Aalto University’s webpage (“Apply now”). If you are an Aalto employee, please apply via Workday system (internal jobs).

To apply, please include the  the following documents in English and as one single pdf document:

  • Motivation letter (1 page)

  • A research statement describing your research interests and achievements (1-2 pages)

  • CV including the description of previous equipment responsibilities

  • List of publications with five most important publications highlighted

  • Contact details of 2-3 referees

For further information about the position, please contact Head of the Department, Professor Monika Österberg (monika.osterberg(at)aalto.fi). In recruitment related questions please contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen (tiina.torvinen(at)aalto.fi).

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: Aalto University – Towards a better world, Aalto People , and Shaping a Sustainable Future. You can also check out our webpage about Aalto and Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/welcome-to-aalto-university-and-finland-info-package and check out our new virtual campus experience: https://virtualtour.aalto.fi/

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well- organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/en/careers-at-aalto/why-finland

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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