Doctoral Candidate in Electrocatalysis

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2020

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 in the future as well. 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 Chemistry and Materials Science is now looking for a 


In this position, you will have a chance to be a part of the international LESGO project funded by EU Horizon 2020 programme. The three-year project focuses on hydrogen storage and fuel cell, and it is a collaboration between ten research organizations and companies in different countries. Department of Chemistry and Materials Science is contributing to development and up-scaling of synthesis processes for electrocatalyst materials in collaboration with the other LESGO partners including ICFO, IREC and Graphanea in Spain, University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, CNR, Hysytech and FIAT in Italy, GenCell in Israel, and Fonden Teknologieradet in Denmark.

Your role

Your work will include synthesis and structural and electrochemical characterization of the electrocatalyst materials as well as laboratory-scale cell testing. You will do the work in collaboration with a supportive and skilled supervisor and postdoctoral researchers contributing to the project.

Through the three-year’s study and scientific research, you will get all the basic skills needed for scientific research in electrochemistry, and on top of that, learn how the collaboration between research and industry happens. This project will give you an amazing opportunity to witness the whole procedure of how a novel idea becomes a product.

The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science at Aalto University has strong records in material development for energy applications. You will join the department’s skilled Electrochemical Energy Conversion research group  lead by Prof. Tanja Kallio.


You have a master’s degree (or an equivalent) in Chemistry, Material Science or related field. We also expect you to have a good knowledge in some or all of the following areas: electrocatalysis, electrochemistry, material synthesis, structural characterization techniques (TEM, SEM, Raman, XRD, etc.).  We consider work experience in the development of OER or ORR catalysts as your advantage.

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 expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500€/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. Preferable starting time is November 2020.

Ready to apply? 

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

  • A letter of motivation including a short description of previous research experience
  • A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history and a full publication list
  • Degree certificate of the master’s degree
  • A letter of recommendation or contact details of possible referee(s)

The call is open until September 30, 2020.

More Information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Associate Professor Tanja Kallio (tel. +358 50 5637 567 email: ) or Dr. Nana Han (email: ).

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