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Summer Research Assistant in Bioproduct Chemistry Group

Gloved hand holding glass dish with brown lignin powder
Photo: Valeria Azovskaya, Researcher: Guillaume Riviere

The Bioproduct Chemistry research group is looking for a full-time research assistant in the laboratory for the period 1.6-31.8.2021. The work tasks are focused on preparing colloidal lignin particles (CLPs) and the job is for a Bachelor’s or Master’s student. More specifically, the job is to prepare large batches of these CLPs, to identify bottlenecks in the process, and to help out with other tasks as assigned and agreed upon. Although this mainly is a summer job, it is possible to start part-time earlier during spring, so please enquire about an earlier start date if this fits with your study schedule.

A good candidate:

  • has previous experience in the chemistry lab, and passing the lab safety course is a must (CHEM-E0140, https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/view.php?id=27984),
  • can work independently in the lab once instructed,
  • works analytically and tries to solve or improve tricky parts of the process,
  • has experience with the rotavapor, centrifuge, or DLS preferably, but this is not a must.

What we offer you:

  • experience doing research work in a highly motivated group,
  • a chance to improve your lab working skills on current research projects.

The Bioproduct Chemistry group is led by Prof. Monika Österberg. The group works on the development of renewable, high added-value materials based on lignocellulosics. Our research is especially focused on understanding interfacial properties using atomic force microscopy (AFM, imaging and force measurements), quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), and surface plasmon resonance (SPR), among other techniques. So if you are interested in joining our team, we encourage you to apply.

Please submit your application form including CV and ECTS transcript by 15.4.2021. Questions about the application form? Please contact Coordinator Heidi Henrickson.

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