Postdoctoral Researcher (3 years) for Analyzing Intermediates of Reactions
and Isomers in Catalysis Engineering with Advanced Ion Mass-Spectrometry
We, at the University of Oulu, work as part of the international science
community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions.
We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable,
intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and
succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our
The transition of the energy and chemical industries to renewable feedstocks
is a challenge faced by scientists and engineers of today and it will
determine the trajectory of human civilization for decades to come. Catalysis
is a crucial enabling technology for transforming raw materials into fuels and
chemicals, positioning catalysts at a focal point of multidisciplinary
research in many areas of physical sciences and engineering.
We are now looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with
experience in ion mass spectrometry for an interdisciplinary project
combining advanced chemical engineering with state-of-the-art physical
chemistry methods. The project focuses on zeolites – key catalysts for
emerging sustainable processes such as biomass valorisation and CO2 conversion
into valuable products – and their use in conversion of hydrocarbons.
You will apply and develop advanced methods in mass-spectrometry to study
highly-reactive molecules in zeolite catalysis , and together with a team
of physicists and chemical engineers help develop more detailed models of
their complex chemical behaviour. You are not afraid to tackle challenges
related to novel instrumentation and have a drive for developing methods for
advanced characterization of materials and processes. During your work you get
to publish the results in leading international scientific journals, assist in
supervision of PhD students, and participate in educational activities and
writing of funding applications.
The project is carried in international and interdisciplinary collaboration
with researchers from University of Oulu, University of Oslo, Norway and the
synchrotron radiation facility MAX IV Laboratory (Lund, Sweden). The
Universities of Oulu and Oslo offer access to a wide range of modern, state-
of-the-art research infrastructures that are available for the project. Part
of the experiments will be carried out at MAX IV Laboratory. Secondment
periods to both to Oslo and MAX IV Laboratory may apply.
Description of the research environment
The position is hosted in the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit
(NANOMO, https:// www. nanomo.fi) at University of Oulu. The NANOMO research
unit focuses on molecular scale materials physics and novel applications of
spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The research topics include electronic
structure research in nanomaterials, functional materials, biomedical
research, mesoscopic quantum structures in materials, and physics didactics.
The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020
programs, EU EIT-RawMaterials, European Regional Development Fund, and Academy
of Finland. The unit coordinates the Finnish national participation in the MAX
IV Laboratory, participates in the operation of the FinEstBeAMS beamline, and
contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project.
The collaborative site, Catalysis section at University of Oslo Centre for
Materials Science and Nanotechnology (Department of Chemistry), has
approximately 30 members (five permanent faculty members) who synthesize and
characterize a diverse set of catalysts, ranging from zeolites and metal-
organic frameworks (MOFs) materials to homogenous metal-organic complexes.
The section focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms of industrially
relevant reactions, such as methanol conversion to hydrocarbons on zeolites,
CO2 hydrogenation to methanol on MOFs, and selective CH4 activation on
biomimetic catalysts. The section is widely recognized for expertise in
catalytic kinetics and reaction mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysis.
University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15,000
students and 3,000 employees. The wide multidisciplinarity is a strength of
the University both in education and research interests. The modern
environment, world-class research infrastructures and extensive cooperation
with international research institutes and private sector organizations
provide excellent possibilities for research and innovation. More information
https: // www. oulu.fi/university/
Requirements for the post
PhD in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, or other relevant field,
obtained less than 10 years ago
Demonstrated experience in ion mass spectrometry
Strong interest in instrumentation and method development
Very good proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken)
Good communication skills and the ability to work as a part of team and
Assessment criteria and other qualifications
The candidates will be evaluated based on their overall qualifications,
suitability for the research topic, potential as researchers and team working
skills. The following merits are seen as a strong advantage:
Experience in high / ultra-high vacuum instrumentation
Experience in coincidence experiments (electron-ion, ion-ion, etc.)
Familiarity with or experience in synchrotron radiation
Experience on catalytic processes and zeolite chemistry
Interest or experience in design and construction of scientific
Experience in supervision of PhD students
What we offer
You will be a part of a highly talented international and
interdisciplinary team of researchers
You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can
excel in your research
You will get a chance to have an extended research visit to MAX IV
Laboratory, one of the leading synchrotron radiation facilities In the
In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits
such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
A three year postdoctoral position and salary in accordance with the
Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research
personnel): Postdoctoral researcher demand level is 5-6. In addition, a
personal salary component based on work performance will be paid (maximum
of 50% of the job-specific component). Typical salary for a postdoctoral
researcher is 3300-3500 € per month (before taxes).
The position is expected to start from 01.09.2021.
How to apply
Applications, together with all relevant appendices, should be submitted using
the electronic application form by July 31st, 2021 at 23:59 (EET). The
application should be written in English and include the following:
1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing the applicant's
professional experience and expertise and describing why the applicant is
interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests
and career plans should be provide here
2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the
Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see
https:// www. tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
3) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
(see https: // www. aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-
4) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original Ph.D degree
certificate and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.
In case the degree is still in process, please give an official notification
from the supervisor or faculty to address the estimated date of defense.
5) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked
to give a statement on the candidate
Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the
online portal will be considered.
Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.
Due to holiday season in July, please contact with your questions during this
time period: 8.6.2021 – 30.6.2021.
City of Oulu
The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban
centre in northern Scandinavia and one of the fastest growing regions in
Finland. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, cleanness, vivid
cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-
educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Find out more about
Oulu:https: // www. oulu.fi/university/living-in-oulu
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