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Abo Akademi University
December 02, 2022
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Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering (Technologies for a Sustainable Future)

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university, with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a doctoral student position for 22 months in Chemical Engineering within the project “Fate of extractives in the fiber lines (DETEX)” funded by UPM, starting on January 1st 2023 or per agreement .


The research profile Technologies for a Sustainable Future (TSF) is one of four profiling areas of Åbo Akademi University. TSF develops new technology that can be used to replace fossil raw materials with renewable resources such as biomass and solar energy. The goals are global and ambitious: to find technical solutions that will slow down the ongoing climate change and to contribute to a clean environment and sustainable society.

Forest industry is essential for Finnish society's transition to circular bioeconomy. Fiber products are important for the value chain of circular bioeconomy. The presence of extractives is a big challenge in pulp and paper production.

In this recruitment, we are primarily looking for a candidate with a background in chemistry and chemical technology.

Description of the position

The doctoral student will carry out work within the scope of the doctoral thesis. In addition, the employed doctoral student may be assigned tasks in connection to teaching, supervision or other administrative tasks in accordance with the regulations of the universities' collective agreement. The main tasks of the doctoral candidate will include but not be limited to the development of a non-destructive analytical method for determination of extractives in fiber products and fiber production processes.

The selected candidate will be employed for a period of 22 months. The employment can start on the 1st of January 2021 or as per agreement. The Doctoral Student will be placed within the subject cluster of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (CCT) at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The position is located in Turku. The CCT cluster consists of two laboratories, Molecular Science and Engineering and Natural Materials Technology.

Qualification and assessment

We are looking for a motivated doctoral student with a master's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering or material science or another closely related field suitable for the position described above.

The qualification requirements and merits for the position are defined below and will together with the application be considered in the evaluation.

Qualification requirements:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or chemical engineering or other field defined above.
  • A high quality research plan (3-5 pages)
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Good knowledge in one or more of the following fields are considered as a merit: analytical chemistry, chemometrics, wood chemistry, physical chemistry, spectroscopy, and process chemistry.

    An applicant, who is not yet accepted as a doctoral student at the Faculty, needs to fulfil the requirements for applicants to doctoral studies according to the principles for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Faculty. Please note, that there is a separate application process for the admission to a doctoral programme at ÅAU.

    The applicants are assessed on the basis of their study achievements, research plan and possible results of research in the relevant field or related subjects. During the selection process the applicants can be invited to an interview.

    Terms of employment

    The principle of total working time (1,612 hours per year) is applied to appointed doctoral students. The individual study plan for doctoral students will be evaluated annually. A maximum of 5 % of the working hours can be dedicated to teaching and supervision. The work tasks are defined in an annual work plan. The salary for a doctoral position will be based on levels 2-4 of the job demand level for teaching and research personnel in the salary system. In addition, there is a salary component based on personal work performance, according to the general collective agreement for universities. Doctoral students employed by Åbo Akademi University should actively take part in the existing research environment in Turku. A trial period applies for new employees.


    Submit the electronic application form below (www. abo.fi/rekrytering), no later than December 2nd 2022 at 4:00 pm (Finnish time zone). Support for submitting the electronic application can be found here: https: // www. abo.fi/en/instructions-for-submitting-an-application/. The following attachments should be submitted:

  • A free-form application letter (max. two pages)
  • A list of max. three references and their contact details
  • A CV (max 2-3 pages) with the following content: 1) education, 2) work experience, 3) language skills, 4) participation in seminars and conferences, 5) publications, 6) commissions of trust, 7) other merits.
  • Copies of diplomas including transcript of records (BA, MA, MSc, other)
  • Contact details

    For more information on the position, please contact Professor Chunlin Xu, email: chunlin.xu@abo.fi, Prof. Johan Bobacka, email: johan.bobacka@abo.fi, and (about the application process) HR-specialist Anna Lübchow, email: anna.lubchow@abo.fi. Åbo Akademi University is actively working for equal gender distribution and diversity across all personnel groups.

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