The LUT School of Engineering Science is looking for a junior researcher (doctoral student) for a project on the use of natural phenolic compounds as membrane modifiers to decrease biofouling problems in wastewater treatment applications.
The aim of our project is to develop novel surface modification routes which enable the production of polymeric filtration membranes with antibiofouling characteristics. Natural phenolic compounds available, for instance, in underutilized biomass fractions will be used as physically adsorbed and covalently grafted modification agents to alter surface properties of membranes. Physico-chemical properties of the modified membranes will be tested in both offline and in situ experiments. To enable successful modification, the possible interactions between the phenolic compounds, micro-organisms and membrane surface will be modelled by a collaborating research team from the University of Eastern Finland.
We expect applicants to have a strong background in chemistry, demonstrated skills in experimental work and at least basic knowledge of materials science, organic chemistry and instrumental analysis. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, any previous experience or interest in membrane science, chemical surface modification, chemical engineering, applied chemistry, water purification, materials characterization, molecular simulation and/or microbiology is considered an advantage (but not a must).
This position is suitable for a motivated and self-directed candidate who is interested in conducting ambitious scientific research and curious to learn. The researcher’s main task will be to conduct research for a doctoral dissertation and a project funded by the Academy of Finland. The work includes planning, working in a laboratory, and reporting results. The duties may also include daily activities of the research team, such as tasks related to the research project, supervision of trainees and undergraduate students, and assistance in teaching. Fluency in spoken and written English is appreciated.
The potential applicant must have a higher university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, material science, bioscience or similar), the ability and motivation to complete the doctoral studies within the normative duration of the studies for the degree (i.e. four years) and a postgraduate study and research plan. The employment contract can be concluded only if the candidate obtains the right to pursue postgraduate studies at LUT University.
The employment starts at the earliest in November 2021 with a one-year term including a six-month trial period and can be extended for another three years provided that the studies have progressed satisfactorily. The work is mainly located at the Department of Separation Science at LUT University’s Lappeenranta campus.
The salary is based on the current collective agreement for Finnish universities. The typical gross starting salary for a junior researcher is approximately 30 420 euros a year (plus a holiday bonus in accordance with the collective agreement).
The deadline for applications is 17 October 2021 at midnight, Finnish local time (UTC +3 h). Please send your application through the university's online application system with the following attachments:
- your CV
- a motivation letter
- a copy of your academic degree certificate and transcript of records. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish.
For further information, you may contact Professor Mari Kallioinen, +358 40 5939 881, firstname.lastname@example.org or Post-doctoral researcher Tiina Rissanen, +358 50 4527 155, email@example.com in the following times: Friday 1.10. at 10-11, Wednesday 6.10. at 9-10 and Monday 11.10. at 9-10 (Finnish local time, UTC +3 h).
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