Post-doctoral researcher, BioColour research consortium

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

Docent Riikka Räisänen, the PI and leader of the BioColour research consortium ( ), is seeking for

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Craft Science / Organic Chemistry / Natural Products Chemistry / Biomaterials / Textile Technology)

for a fixed-term contract 1.1.2023-30.6.2025 to work in the BioColour research project University of Helsinki team.

BioColour ( ) is a multidisciplinary research consortium, which aims to advance the usage of environmentally sound colourants from fungal and plant sources in different applications, especially textiles, packaging and coatings. The project aims to develop new methods of biocolourants’ large-scale production, characterization and applications. BioColour consortium represents expertise of agriculture, applied botany, chemistry, biosciences, toxicology, material science and technology, design research, information and communications technology, data science and consumer studies, and combines researchers from the University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, North Carolina State University, USA and University of Campinas, Brazil. Consortium is led by Docent Riikka Räisänen.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an PhD degree (in e.g., craft science, organic chemistry, material sciences, textile technology or another related field). The post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute to research on textile material colouration and colour fastness testing, developing laboratory scale and large-scale extraction, separation and analysis methods (e.g. HPLC-UV-vis-MS/MS and NMR) for natural organic compounds and colourants. Research can be focused according to the interests of the appointee when fulfilling the aims of the BioColour project.

The appointed post-doctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the other members of the BioColour research group, and she/he will be in charge of the BioColourLab team.

The candidate is expected to have education, experience and technical skills such as

• PhD degree

• Experience in textile and/or material colouration

• Experience of natural products chemistry

• Profound skills in laboratory working

• Fluency in English

• Initiative and capable of leading a team, and working independently as well as in team environments

The salary of the post-doctoral researcher will be based on level 5 requirement level of the university salary system. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting gross salary of the post-doctoral researcher will be ca. 3 350 - 3 800 €/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( ) assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. A six-month trial period will be applied.


Applications are submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal

Please note: All application documents need to be submitted as one single pdf file. The file needs to be named as follows: [Lastname_postdoc_biocolour]. Make sure to attach the pdf to the position you’re applying for in the recruitment system.

The application needs to include all the following documents:

The attachment required for the application include (in a single pdf-file):

1) A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the BioColour research and the working tasks that are explained in this call

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Short research proposal of the applicant’s research interest on the biocolourants and textile / material applications that are in the focus of the BioColour research (see (max. 2 pages)

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2022 at 23:59 (EET).

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For information about the position and working environment, please contact Docent Riikka Räisänen (riikka.raisanen(at), tel. +358 2941 29703, +358 503183973

For information on the recruitment process, please contact the faculty HR Specialist Jonna Lehtelä, jonna.lehtela(at)

For support with the recruitment system, please contact: rekrytointi(at)

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