Junior researchers (doctoral students), Electrical engineering in electrolysis – Green hydrogen and... (# of pos: 2)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

The LUT School of Energy Systems' hydrogen research team has participated in the internationally recognized Neo-Carbon Energy , SOLETAIR , Neo-Carbon Food , Neo-Carbon Materials , and P2XEnable  projects. In 2017 in SOLETAIR, we at LUT were the world’s first to demonstrate the production of Fisher-Tropsch fuels from the air with solar electricity. During summer 2019, the Neo-Carbon Food pilot was the first in the world to produce protein-rich biomass from the air with an in-situ electrolyser.

Are you interested in becoming part of our success story? Would you like to be a researcher studying key technologies and solutions to tackle climate crisis? If you have the motivation and ambition to conduct international high-level research and aim to become a doctor and a highly valued expert in your field, you might be just the person we are looking for. Join our internationally recognized hydrogen research team.

In this project, you will work in the hydrogen research group. Green hydrogen is considered a most promising pathway to meet emission reduction targets and achieve the decarbonization of industry generating and using power. Therefore, the production of renewable hydrogen is expected to increase radically, and water electrolysers  will play a key role in the process. The project’s research contributes to the development of water and carbon dioxide electrolysers and is therefore expected to benefit the whole electricity sector.

In your project, you will research 1) high-voltage water electrolyser systems, including modelling (electrochemical finite elements and analytical methods) and experimental research, or 2) carbon dioxide electrolysers, including experiments on end-product selectivity (controlling the type of carbon produced) and system scaleup modelling (electrochemical and thermal finite elements). In your application, mention which of these areas interests you.

You must have a higher university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g. electrical engineer, applied physics or applied mathematics or similar), the ability and motivation to complete the doctoral studies within the normative duration (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.

To achieve the objective, you have to be able to use existing and develop new electrolysis system component models. 

The employment starts 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 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).


Please submit all application materials in English.

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A motivation letter: an account of your merits and activities of significance to the vacancy (max. 2 pages).
  • A copy of your degree certificate; 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

The deadline for application is 30 November 2021 at midnight, Finnish local time (UTC +2). Please sund your application, together with the required attachments, by filling out the online form (link below).

You can start your work in our research group right after the recruitment process. Suitable applicants will be video interviewed.

Further information

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Antti Kosonen, antti.kosonen@lut.fi , +358 40 833 7749.

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