Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Materials Chemistry

University of Helsinki is offering postdoctoral researcher position in structural chemistry. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 24 months in Finland. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world's leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Chemistry ( at the Faculty of Science carries out research on chemistry and its applications at an international level and provides academic teaching based on high quality research. The department forms accountability unit operating on an annual budget of 19 million euros and reports 200 person-years per annum. There are 14 professors at the Department.

Materials Chemistry is an interdisciplinary research program of the Department of Chemistry compiling research on organic, inorganic, polymer and structural chemistry. The research in the department of chemistry covers all aspects from basic chemistry research (synthesis, understanding and characterization) to material applications (utilization in electronics, functional materials and everyday consumables).

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for two

positions in Materials Chemistry under the mentorship of Prof. Pedro Camargo. The successful applicant will join the Nanomaterials for Plasmonics and Nanocatalysis research group at the Department of Chemistry. The position is fixed-term for 24 months including a trial period of 6 months. Possible continuation in the project is negotiable. Employment starts in September 2019.

Position description

The postdoctoral project funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation aims to develop multimetallic plasmonic-catalytic nanoparticles for applications in plasmonic catalysis. In this project, your tasks will include the synthetic development of controlled plasmonic-catalytic nanoparticles by solution phase methods, advanced characterization, catalytic assessment, and investigations on the enhanced reaction rates and reaction selectivity under light irradiation. Your work will also comprise help in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. You are expected to present your findings in scientific meetings and workshops, prepare funding applications for travel and research grants, as well as prepare manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals. Requirements

Motivated candidates with a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field (chemistry or related) are encouraged to apply. Experience in the fields of nanomaterials synthesis, metallic nanoparticles, characterization, nanocatalysis, photocatalysis, and plasmonics are advantageous. Most importantly, you should have a strong motivation for research in a highly multidisciplinary topic, enthusiasm to learn new things and contribute ideas, and possess the ability to conduct your research independently while being an active member of an international research team. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English will be needed. We will offer a meaningful, original and ambitious scientific project in an international, top-level research environment. From the applicant we expect high motivation to conduct demanding experimental work, as well as a curiosity driven science-enthusiastic mindset. Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 5). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 3300-3700 /month. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

How to apply

Applications should include (1) a CV with a list of publications, (2) contact details for two references, (3) a brief description of research experience (1-2 pages) with clear indication on the motivation to apply for this position, (4) a copy of a PhD degree certificate. Please submit your application with the attachments via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the Apply for the position button below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Two positions are available from 1st September 2019.

Additional information

For further inquiries regarding the position, please contact Prof. Pedro Camargo ( For more information on the research group and publications, see… , and @CamargoLab


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