Aquacat postdoc call closed – 113 applications received

We have finalized the recruiting process for the Aquacat project postdoctoral position, for which we received an amazing number of 113 applications. Among these, there were several excellent candidates, presenting us with the positive problem of choosing just one candidate. Thank you to all who applied – please watch our webpage for new open positions.

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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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering is looking for recent doctoral graduates/postdoctoral researchers with a couple of years of experience for a

Postdoctoral researcher position in catalysis, aqueous phase reforming

The postdoc position is related to the on-going AQUACAT project “Catalytic aqueous-phase reforming of biorefinery water fractions”. The transition from petroleum-based products to sustainable and bio-based economy involves modification in the chemicals, energy and fuels production processes. Switching from fossil to biomass sources as raw material has been the main modification introduced in biorefinery plants. New feedstock with complex composition requires challenging adaptations of the processes. To develop economically competitive processes, product efficiency and value of all streams should be maximized. The project, financed by the Academy of Finland and carried out in collaboration of Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, concentrates on utilization of the water fractions from fast pyrolysis of biomass and Fischer-Tropsch processes, which are considered as waste streams with harmful substances for the environment. Catalyst preparation and characterization, aqueous phase-reforming experiments, and modelling and concept development are the main work packages of the project.

The candidate will continue work at Aalto University with a dedicated reactor installation included in the BIOECONOMY Research Infrastructure. References to earlier work made in the project can be found in and  In addition to research work, postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University is expected to participate in teaching related to the applicant’s research topics and to supervise students.

We are looking for a candidate with a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering or a related area, preferably hands-on experience with chemical reactors, ability to work in a group in an international environment, and good verbal and written communication skills in English. Experience in the preparation and characterization of solid catalysts is considered as a benefit.

The position can be filled when a suitable candidate is found. The AQUACAT project will run until the end of 2018, thereby defining the end date of this postdoctoral position. Salary will be defined according to University´s payroll system, depending on experience and qualifications. Typically the salary of a postdoctoral researcher is at least 3200 eur per month.

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Riikka Puurunen, email Laboratory webpage:

Your application materials should include an application/motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and names and contact details of possible references. Application materials should be submitted in English.

The deadline for applications is October 31st , 2017, but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please apply through our recruitment system (link below).

The application materials will not be returned. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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About Riikka Puurunen

Associate professor, Catalysis Science and Technology, at Aalto since February 2017
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