Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemistry

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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 two year term, starting 1.10.2018 or as agreed.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Professor Karoliina Honkala in the Finnish Academy funded project "Catalytic and electrocatalytic oxidation of biomass derived polyols at the liquid-solid interface”. Selective oxidation has been recognized as one the key barriers for transforming biomass-derived species to value-added chemicals. The present project aims at identifying and optimizing key factors controlling the performance of catalytic materials for selective oxidation of a selected polyol. 

The post-doctoral researcher will apply density functional theory (DFT) calculations to determine thermodynamic and kinetic properties of a selected polyol oxidation reaction at the liquid-solid interface. A special emphasis will be on factors controlling product selectivity. Furthermore, the post-doctoral researcher will develop a DFT-based microkinetic model to simulate reaction rates under realistic reaction conditions to identify key parameters that control oxidation reaction activity and selectivity.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

The eligible candidate has or is about to obtain a PhD in the field of computational chemistry or physics and demonstrates a documented track record of experience in first principles calculations and also preferably in computational catalysis. Experience in using periodic DFT codes such as VASP, QuantumEspresso, or GPAW etc. is considered an advantage. In addition, the candidate is expected to be able to carry out and communicate the research results in a multidisciplinary research environment. Good understanding of fundamentals of organic chemistry and experience in addressing solvation effects computationally, microkinetic modelling, or Python programming is considered a bonus.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2893,95 €/Month - 3374,18 €/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: Professor Karoliina Honkala, +358 40 805 3686,

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, and including contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference letters.
  2. Short application / motivation letter.
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.

Please submit your application at the latest by 9.9.2018 using the online application form.