Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Chemical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. It combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way. The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems is looking for a Doctoral Candidate to join the Wood Material Science group

In this position you will work in our recently started WATERWOOD project, which is funded by the Academy of Finland. You will be developing advanced techniques to uncover the link between water sorption and the mechanical behavior of wood and modified wood. These techniques will uncover wood-water interactions at different length scales, from the nanoscale up to the macroscopic level of wood. As a part of the group lead by Associate Professor Lauri Rautkari your work will make an impact towards a more efficient use of wood products in the built environment.

The position can be filled immediately. Our facilities are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

Your background and experience

You have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in wood science/chemistry or any other relevant discipline associated with the thesis topics. You are are expected to be proactive and capable of working in a team, and should possess a good potential in knowledge, skill and attitude towards post-graduate studies in a multidisciplinary field of science. Experience with water sorption measurements and/or analysis of spectroscopic data would be an asset.

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for doctoral students at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering.


The contract is initially made for one year, with possibility of extension. The expected duration of doctoral studies is four years. The salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University. The starting salary is 2540€/month and will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount.

How to apply

If you wish to join our research group, please submit your applications through our online recruitment system (link provided below) by 15 June 2022. To apply, please include the following documents in English and in a single PDF file:

  • Motivation letter: free form letter where you describe yourself and why you are interested in this position in maximum one A4 page
  • CV describing education and employment history
  • Certified copy of master´s degree certificate, official transcript of records and their translations if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Summary of previous research experience (master thesis for example)

We will start the recruitment process already during the application period and fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide two referees and proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them.

For more information

If you wish to hear more about the research topic, please contact Associate Professor Lauri Rautkari (lauri.rautkari(a)aalto.fi). For further details about the application process, please contact HR coordinator Tiina Torvinen (tiina.torvinen(a)aalto.fi).

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well- organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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Application deadline: 2022-06-15

More about Aalto University:

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland.

Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

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