Doctoral student, chemistry

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

Doctoral student, chemistry, beginning May 2, 2019 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. The Doctoral student will be working in the Academy of Finland funded project “Macrocyclic receptors for selective anion extraction”. The project aims to offer pioneering solutions for the selective binding of biologically and technologically important anions from water. The target anions include anti-inflammatory drugs with carboxylate groups, and valuable resources, such as phosphate and precious metals (Au, Pt, Co). The doctoral student will focus on the synthesis of macrocyclic receptor molecules based on calixpyrrole framework and binding studies with the target anions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated candidate with a Master´s degree or equivalent in chemistry, or in a closely related discipline. A candidate near finishing his/her studies is also qualified to apply. Previous experience in synthetic organic chemistry and related analysis techniques is appreciated.

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.

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 Kaisa Helttunen, email:

The application should include:

1.  A short cover letter, outlining the motivation for applying for the Doctoral student position
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
3. Degree certificate and a record of studies
4. Two reference letters

Please submit your application at the latest on October 31st, 2018 using the online application form.