Two Project Researchers within Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. With its strong Nordic ties, Åbo Akademi University has an acclaimed and recognized position within research and education both nationally and internationally. The Faculty of Science and Engineering develops solutions and processes to slow down climate change, promotes a cleaner environment and a healthier sea, and finds methods to discover, treat, and prevent diseases. Our goal is a healthy human in a sustainable society. Our research is done in cooperation with the industry, research institutes, and other universities both in Finland and abroad.

The university’s strategic research profile Technologies for a Sustainable Future is a framework for developing methods and technical solutions that support and promote the transition towards sustainable production and energy supply. Finland has exceptional capabilities to be at the forefront of this development due to substantial forest resources, top international companies, and a high-growing wind energy capacity. Therefore, the utilization of biomass and green electricity to replace fossil feedstock are central to the profiling area. To achieve this, the development of materials, processes, and supporting computing methodologies for sustainable energy conversion and storage are the core activities.  The strength of the research profile lies in the combination of profound knowledge in natural sciences, chemical engineering, process, and energy engineering with strong integration of ICT solutions.

Technologies for a Sustainable Future offers two postdoctoral positions as Project Researcher within the fields of 

a. Valorization of biomass

b. Sustainable energy carriers, storage, and integrated use

c. Utilization of CO2 and industrial side-streams 

Value creation considerations or the utilization of computational tools and AI in the research are integral parts of the profiling area's activities. We look forward to meeting open-minded and enthusiastic applicants who are strongly committed to providing research-based engineering solutions for a fossil-free future.

The positions are fixed-term for 20 months, starting on August 1, 2024, or according to agreement.


Description of the position

We offer two interdisciplinary postdoctoral research positions shared between research groups within the profiling area. You will be a member of a collaborative research team, promoting novel cross-disciplinary approaches. The work will be conducted in brand-new facilities where all the research groups are located.

The positions are placed at the Faculty of Science and Engineering and located in Turku, Finland.


Qualifications and evaluation

We are looking for candidates with a doctoral degree obtained within the past five years in chemical engineering, chemistry, or a supporting field related to sustainable technology development. The work requires high expertise in state-of-the-art experimental research and designing innovative experiments. Hands-on experience with computational methods related to experimental research within the described areas is advantageous. You are a team player, and your strengths include taking personal responsibility and commitment to reach targets. Excellent oral and written knowledge of English is required for the position.

The project researchers are required to hold a doctor’s degree in a relevant field. A copy of the diploma of the doctoral degree should be submitted in the application. 

When assessing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Scientific merits (80 %), including scientific publications in the field, relevance of the research plan, and experience from participation in research projects
  • Interactive skills (20 %), including tasks relating to society, administrative experience, and good collaboration skills

The successful applicants will be appointed following a general assessment of their competence in relation to the necessary qualities to successfully carry out the tasks for the position. The applicants can be invited to an interview.

Salary and employment 

The project researcher’s salary is based on levels 5–6 of the job demand levels for teaching and research staff. In addition, an individual salary component based on personal work performance is added to the salary. Please see the salary chart for teaching and research personnel.

The position is full-time. Researchers have a total working time of 1,612 hours per year. A trial period of six months applies to all new employees. The person’s appointed will have access to occupational health care-services.  

The positions are based at Åbo Akademi University’s campus located in Turku, Finland.

Application

The application should be submitted electronically in the University recruitment system (leave an application below, www.abo.fi/rekrytering) no later than April 18th 2024, at 3.00 pm (EEST, Finnish time zone). Guidelines for the electronic application can be found here: https://www.abo.fi/en/instructions-for-submitting-an-application/

The application should include the following enclosures:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) in compliance with the TENK model (The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity): https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae. The CV should include a complete list of publications and possible teaching merits
  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • Description of previous research and research interests (max 4 pages)
  • Doctoral degree certificate and relevant diplomas with transcripts of records
  • Contact details of two referees


Contact information

For more information regarding the position, please contact Professor Henrik Grénman, email: henrik.grenman@abo.fi. For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR specialist Anna Lübchow, email: anna.lubchow@abo.fi

We welcome applicants of all backgrounds within the scientific field in question to apply for the position. Åbo Akademi University works for equal gender distribution and diversity in all staff categories.

Application period starts: 2024-03-13 14:00Application period ends: 2024-04-18 15:00

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