Postdoctoral Researcher position to investigate photocatalytically active 3D structures for the industrial wastewater treatment

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We are a home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate in the heart of scenic Finnish Lakeland at two campuses in Kuopio and Joensuu. UEF offers competitive staff benefits with occupational health care and paid sick and family leaves. Please read more about working at the University of Eastern Finland and living in Finland .

UEF water research promotes sustainable use of water resources by bringing together researchers and research groups from various fields of science. We are conducting research at a high international level and aim to be the most internationally recognized Finnish water research organization within ten years. Please read more about the UEF water research program here:

We are inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher position to investigate photocatalytically active 3D structures for industrial wastewater treatment, Department of Environmental Sciences, Kuopio Campus

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be placed in the team led by Associate Professor Anna Lähde at the Fine Particle and Aerosol Technology Laboratory (FINE, ). The FINE Laboratory has two main research areas: 1) nanotechnology research and 2) combustion and emission research. The laboratory has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and pilot-scale facilities for gas phase synthesis and characterization of materials. The project related to this position is multidisciplinary and it collaborates closely with the following laboratories at the University of Eastern Finland ( , ), at Lappeenranta University of Technology ( ), and at Savonia University of Applied Sciences ( ), as well as with a large international network of partners. The research carried out in the project is interdisciplinary, involving synthetic and analytic chemistry, materials research, wastewater remediation technologies and environmental science to provide industrially relevant solutions for wastewater treatment. The laboratories involved in the project are among the top research groups in the world in their research fields and they offer a unique environment for strong collaborative interdisciplinary research and productive co-operation.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will focus on the research and development of new methods to create photocatalytically active nano carbon-based structures to be used in photocatalytic wastewater treatment. The candidate should have good networking and collaborative skills to interact with the research groups involved in the research community. The applicant should have experience in nano carbon synthesis techniques and basic characterization methods, for example Raman, Electron microscopy, UV-Vis, XRD, and in the characterization of photocatalytic properties. Knowledge of photocatalytic water treatment will be an advantage. The candidate is expected to be able to design and execute processes independently, as well as to work in close collaboration with other team members.

A person to be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher is required to hold an applicable doctoral degree (UEF University Regulations, Section 31) that has to be completed by 5 June 2020. However, the doctoral degree may not be from more than 5 years ago at the time when the position starts, at the earliest from 1 August 2020. An applicant with a doctoral degree completed more than 5 years ago can be considered for a specific reason only (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military or non-military service). If the applicant pleads to the above-mentioned reasons, he or she needs to explain them in the application.

Good command of the English language is required.

The position will be filled for a fixed term of two years at the earliest from 1 August 2020. Postdoctoral researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the Postdoctoral Researcher position is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart of the teaching and research staff in the salary system for Finnish universities (2,967.84 /month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary is supplemented by a personal performance component, which can be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

A probationary period will be applied to new members of the university staff.

The electronic application is required to contain the following appendices:

The application shall be submitted no later than 5 June 2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

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The evaluation criteria for the applicants are the following:

Only applications that are complete and submitted before the application deadline via the e-application system will be considered.


Further information to find out teams, research groups and contact persons:

Water research programme coordinator Helena Jäntti: helena.jantti[a] , +358 29 445 3850

Water research programme coordinator Jarno Suni: jarno.suni[a] , +358 29 445 5291


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