Doctoral candidate to Soft Materials Modelling Group

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

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.

School of Chemical Engineering is now looking for a motivated

Doctoral candidate to Soft Materials Modelling Group

In this position, you will get to conduct computational and theoretical scientific research aiming at the completion of a doctoral degree and high impact scientific publications in the field of soft materials modeling. Your focus areas involve macromolecular assemblies, especially polymer and colloid systems, and molecular level modelling of these. As a doctoral candidate, you will also participate in departmental teaching and student instruction.

You will join a strong group of scientists lead by Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi.


You have a Master’s degree with focus on soft matter physics or physical chemistry, or theory oriented polymer technology, biomaterials, or related field. We expect you to have good study grades and you should demonstrate strong aptitude to research of especially soft materials systems. These include e.g. liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, liquid crystals and many biomaterials. You should have expertise in computational methods and background in molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations at atomistic and coarse-grained detail would be beneficial. In this position, you need strong mathematical background and good computer skills. In particular, the modelling makes use of linux/unix based high performance computing environments (HPC computing). You also need skills in statistical mechanics and data handling.

In this position, you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria . In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

Salary and contract terms

The contract is going to be fixed term. The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2400€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Our target is that you will acquire the doctoral degree in four years.

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi, In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Isabella Itäpalo,

Ready to apply?

If you would like to join us, please submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English.

  • CV describing education and employment history, as well as, list of scientific publications, if any
  • Motivation letter
  • Names and contact information of at least two references
  • Copy of study transcript with grades visible
  • A one page abstract or summary of M.Sc. thesis in English

The call is open until February 16, 2020, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

About Aalto University, Campus and Finland

The School of Chemical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff.

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