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The Soft Materials Modelling group at Department of Chemistry and Materials
Science is looking for
Postdoctoral Researcher in computational modelling of self-organization in
We are looking for 1-2 postdoctoral researchers to work on 1) molecular self-
organization of biomacromolecular materials and/or 2) structural organization
of colloidal and nanoparticle solutions in external fields. The modelling
projects are in the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in Life Inspired
Hybrid Materials (LIBER) at Aalto University.
Your research will focus on computational modelling of driven assembly in soft
and hybrid molecular materials. As postdoc, you are part of a research team
with a common research direction and work as part of the team sharing
knowledge and learning. You are already a trained researcher in some specific
area of computational soft materials modelling and able to do research
relatively independently in your own area of expertise but looking to expand
skills. Role in team and team responsibilities depend on your level of
experience: participation in instruction and training of doctoral and
undergraduate students is expected and provides possibility of expanding
Your experience and ambitions
LIBER operates across physics, chemistry, and biosciences in Aalto University
– the sought person has the ability and willingness to drive high-profile,
interdisciplinary research in a joint effort between physics, chemical
sciences, and biomolecular materials.
You must have a doctoral degree and study background in computational soft
materials physics, chemistry, materials science, or related field. We expect
you to also have a good publication history and a strong understanding of soft
matter, especially driven self-organization and assembly. Specific expertise
can focus on modelling of e.g., biomacromolecular, colloidal, polymer, or
nanoparticle systems. We do some work at atomistic scale but value coarse-
grained and multiscale expertise, and ability to combine the particle-based
approaches with statistical mechanics and continuum scale modelling of soft
materials. You should have demonstrated expertise in dissemination of
scientific results and be well versed in data handling and linux/unix based
high performance computing environments (HPC computing). Good oral and
written command of English is necessary in this position.
What we offer?
The expected starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher who has recently
received their PhD is approximately 3500 €/month and salary will increase with
responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational
health care services and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.
Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our
recruitment system. If you are Aalto employee or visitor, please apply via our
internal Workday system (Career).
Please include the following documents in English.
A letter of motivation
A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history,
as well as, list of scientific publications
Contact details of at least 2 possible reference letter writers
The call is open until May 30, 2022 but we may start reviewing and
interviewing candidates immediately.
If you have any questions, group leader Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi is glad to give
you more information about the position. Email: firstname.lastname@aalto.
More info about the LIBER Center of Excellence at
https: // www. aalto.fi/en/liber and about the Soft Materials Modelling Group at
https: // www. aalto.fi/en/department-of-chemistry-and-materials-science/soft-
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