Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Wood Science

Aalto University - School of Chemical Engineering

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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 develop 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 eligible candidate should have:

  • PhD in suitable field, such as wood science/chemistry
  • Be highly motivated
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience in carrying out independent research and working in a team environment
  • Experience of writing high level scientific publications

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

  • Experience in spectroscopical analyses, such as IR and Raman spectroscopies
  • Good understanding of wood structure and chemistry
  • Experience in raising competitive funding 

The position will be initially filled for one year, and the extension is subject to advance of research. The salary is according to the salary system of Aalto University, depending on experience and qualifications. 

How to apply
Applications should be submitted through our online recruitment system (link below) and include: 

  1. CV
  2. List of publication
  3. Course transcripts of Doctoral degree with grades and Certificate of Doctoral degree
  4. Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page) 

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

Apply here:

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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