Postdoctoral researcher in chemistry

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

The Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Postdoctoral researcher in chemistry, for a fixed three-year term, starting January 1, 2018 or as agreed.

The computational biomolecular dynamics group is looking for a highly motivated scientist to investigate how biological motors work by means of advanced molecular dynamics simulation techniques. Ultimately, we want to use the insights from the simulations to design artificial motors that operate according to the same principles. As we will address the research questions in this project in close collaboration with the groups of Siewert-Jan Marrink at the University of Groningen (coarse grained modeling), Berk Hess at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (new simulation method) and Gunnar Schröder at the Forschungzentrum Jülich (structure refinement), the selected candidates will regularly visit their labs to work with them. The interdisciplinary project offers opportunities for those interested in large-scale application and/or development of advanced simulation methods.

The eligible candidate must have, or be about to obtain, a Ph.D. in physics or physical chemistry and have background in statistical mechanics. We furthermore require the candidate to have excellent communication skills in English. Experience in computer programming is considered an advantage. A strong academic track record, including publications in international peer-reviewed journals, is expected.

Qualification requirements, duties and language competence requirements for a Postdoctoral researcher are in accordance with the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

The job-specific salary component of a Postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (EUR 2865,30 – 3340,77 / month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please consult our website or contact Prof. Gerrit Groenhof (gerrit.x.groenhof@jyu.fi).

The application should include:
1) A brief motivation letter with a statement of research interests.
2) Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (See: http://www.tenk.fi/en), containing a publication list (if available) and contact details of two senior academics for reference.

Please submit your application at the latest on 31 October, 2017 using the online application form.