Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainable material development for renewable energy systems

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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainable material development for renewable energy systems

Do you want to direct material development for energy systems towards a more sustainable future and have a meaningful impact on the Green Transition? The Research Group of Energy Conversion has a vacancy for an experienced researcher (Post-doc) to lead our research projects on Eco-design for solar cell and battery material development. This is a highly multi-disciplinary job where you will identify and characterize material combinations of complex energy systems and conduct recycling analysis across a wide spectrum of technical and non-technical criteria (including, e.g., cost and societal implications). The position also involves collaboration with a range of academic and industrial partners. On a day-to-day basis, you will conduct laboratory experiments and analysis, write high impact publications, supervise students from the Bachelor’s to the PhD level, participate in teaching activities, and prepare further funding applications.


We are looking for a passionate researcher that wants to have an impact on the development of future energy systems and is eager to pick up new skills for a highly multidisciplinary project. Specifically, we would like you to:

  • Have a PhD in a relevant subject.

  • Have an outstanding track record in designing and executing research experiments and analysing their results.

  • Be able to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner both in spoken and written English.

  • Have hands on experience with the physical characterization of materials (e.g. SEM, TEM, XRD and XRF)

  • Have a deep understanding of complex energy systems (batteries and/or solar cells), ideally including experience with materials development and recycling

  • Have a good understanding of electrochemical methods

  • Be able to function effectively as a part of a team (good interpersonal skills).

 The following are considered as an advantage:

  • Previous experience with Eco-design and/or sustainability metrics for complex energy systems

  • Relevant industrial experience or experience in working with an industrial customer

  • Hands-on experience with scientific computing and simulation tools, familiarity with statistical approaches to experiment design and data analysis

  • Leadership and/or supervision experience

What we offer

Aalto University’s Research Group of Energy Conversion ( ) offers a friendly, multidisciplinary, and diverse working environment to further your research career, in addition to excellent resources to conduct your research. We also offer the possibility of professional growth through trainings in leadership, pedagogy, preparing funding applications, etc.

Salary, terms and conditions

Postdoctoral research funding is available for an initial period of two years with possibilities for extension depending on progress. The preferred start date is 1.3.2022.

The salary range, terms and conditions are based on a collective agreement of Finnish universities. The starting salary for postdoctoral researchers at Aalto University is currently around 3,700€ per month (gross) which may be gradually increased over time according to performance.

How to apply

If you are interested, please send your application including:

  • Your CV

  • Motivation letter

  • Summary of the applicant’s doctoral thesis (max 1 page)

  • Copy of the applicant’s doctoral degree certificate

All materials should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled in the order specified above). The application should be submitted through online Recruitment system (‘Apply’) before 5th  February 2022. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period and consider candidates who have not applied during the application period.

Further information

Content-related questions about the vacancy may be directed via email to Professor Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio while recruitment-related questions may be directed to HR Coordinator Anna-Maija Harju using the email format .

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