2 Doctoral students, chemistry

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The Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking for

2 Doctoral students, chemistry, beginning September 1, 2018 or as agreed, the maximum length of the employment contract is four years.

The main strength areas of the department are structural and synthetic chemistry, computational chemistry and spectroscopy, renewable natural resources and chemistry of living environment, and education in chemistry. Moreover, the department is a member of the Nanoscience Center of University of Jyväskylä, which promotes interdisciplinary research projects in nanoscience. The department has world-class laboratory infrastructure and large-scale computational resources.

The tasks of a Doctoral student focus on research concerning doctoral thesis, doctoral studies, assisting teaching tasks and other tasks connected to these tasks.

One of the open Doctoral student positions (position 1) is associated with the research project that is funded by the Academy of Finland and directed by Academy Research Fellow Dr. Jani Moilanen. The project focuses on the synthesis and magnetic properties of bridged multinuclear metal complexes and metal-organic frameworks. In addition to conventional synthetic chemistry techniques and characterization methods, the project introduces the PhD student to Schlenk techniques, single and powder diffraction methods and magnetic materials based on molecules, and particularly to single-molecule magnets. During the project, the PhD student has also a possibility to carry out one-year research visit to one of the collaborator groups of the project to acquire first-hand experience on magnetic measurements and the synthesis of molecular nanomagnets. For the Doctoral student position 1, the previous experience on the following fields is considered as asset but is not required: experimental inorganic and organometallic chemistry, X-ray crystallography (single and powder), and molecular magnetism.

The second position (position 2) focuses on synthetic (organic) chemistry. The research is part of the Funcat consortium, led by Profs. Petri Pihko and Karoliina Honkala, and is a part of the Biofuture2025 programme funded by the Academy of Finland. The Ph.D. student will work in the field of designed selective catalysis, building on our recent papers (see: 1) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 669) and 2) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 1670), showing how 1) enantioselective catalysts can be systematically designed with the help of physical organic chemistry and 2) how the mechanisms, and selectivity, of heterogeneously catalysed reactions can change with coverage and even by conformational freezing of substrates on the surface. The position focuses on synthetic chemistry and the candidate will obtain experience in multidisciplinary methods for catalyst optimization and modelling, including a variety of techniques (NMR, X-ray and modelling). For position 2, the candidate should have a documented track record of experience in the field, and the candidate is expected to be able to carry out and communicate research results in a multidisciplinary research environment. Prior experience in the fields of enantioselective catalysis, enzymatic catalysis or catalyst design (either computational or experimental) is also considered as a bonus.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of Doctoral student are in accordance with the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person must also fulfill language requirements set for the selection of PhD students.

The eligible candidate for the Doctoral student position should have, or be about to obtain, a suitable degree and background in natural sciences. In addition, the Doctoral student must have a permission for post-graduate studies at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science after selection for the position.

The job-specific salary component of a Doctoral student is based on the job demands level 1-4 (EUR 1 826,50 €/month –EUR 2 500,06 €/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 six months will be used when the position is first filled. 

For further information, contact Academy Research Fellow Jani Moilanen, tel. +358 40 8054 849, email: jani.o.moilanen@jyu.fi (position 1) or Prof. Petri Pihko, tel. +358 50 5289 132, email: petri.pihko@jyu.fi (position 2).

The application should include:

1.  An informal cover letter (max 1 page), outlining the motivation for applying for the Doctoral student position, and information which position the applicant applies for
2. Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

Please submit your application at the latest on August 12, 2018 using the online application form.