Doctoral Candidate Position in Wood Science

Aalto University - School of Chemical Engineering

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 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. 

Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering invites applications for


Job description
The researcher will be working on water interactions and advanced applications of Raman / IR spectroscopy on modified wood. The researcher is expected to work independently, and develops his/her own ideas how to tackle our ambitious goals. The position is available from 01.09.2017 onwards. The position is situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems ( 

The call is open for candidates with a Master's degree in wood science/chemistry or any other relevant discipline associated with thesis topics. The candidates are expected to be proactive, capable to work in teams, goal-oriented and to possess a good potential in knowledge, skills and attitude towards post-graduate studies in multidisciplinary field of science.

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for doctoral students at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering. For more details, see:

The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years, but a contract is at first made for one year, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research. The salary is according to the salary system of Aalto University.

How to apply
Applications should be submitted online through the link provided below, and include: 

  • CV
  • Certified copy of master´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  • Summary of previous research experience (master thesis for example)
  • Motivation letter for this doctoral position (maximum one A4 page)

All material should be in English and submitted in PDF format no later than 31 August 2017.

Apply here:

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide two referees and proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them. See the languages requirements:

Further information about the research topic; please contact Assistant Professor Lauri Rautkari ( For further details about the application process, please contact HR coordinator Sanni Mero (

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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