Postdoctoral Researcher in Materials Characterization

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Mathematics and Science


Postdoctoral Researcher (Materials characterization)

The Faculty of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the position of

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (Materials characterization)

The position starts on August 16th, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed term until December 31st, 2023.

Qualifications we are looking for

The tasks of the experimentally oriented Postdoctoral Researcher are connected to the Catch the Carbon R&I programme of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and its “HiiletIn” project coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). University of Jyväskylä is responsible of work package 3 of “HiiletIn” project with a title "New methods for understanding carbon capture processes". In this WP we utilize imaging and analysis techniques to investigate carbon stabilization mechanisms. Mainly two techniques are applied, helium ion microscopy with secondary ion mass spectrometry (HIM-SIMS) and X-ray microtomography (µ-CT). In HIM-SIMS isotopic labelling of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen will be an important part of the project. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with Laboratory of stable isotopes of Department of Environment and Biology.

You are the person we are looking for if you have, or are about to obtain, a suitable degree (a PhD or equivalent) and have background in physics, chemistry, biology or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have very good experimental skills and preferably prior experience and expertise in using imaging and material analysis techniques. In particular, experience in Helium Ion Microscopy, Electron microscopy, or X-ray microscopy techniques is an advantage. Additionally, we appreciate knowledge of biological processes related to carbon cycle of plants.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. The PhD degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish lakeland and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range will be approximately 40,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests.
  2. A two-page long Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.
  3. PhD Degree diploma and study transcripts in English or Finnish
  4. English language test record (case dependent)
  5. Reference contact information or 1-2 letters of support (Note: can be directly sent to

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by August 1st, 2021.

For further information, please contact Senior Lecturer Kai Arstila,, +358-40-7441273 or Senior Researcher Arttu Miettinen,, +358-40-5455830.

Ever since the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Jyväskylä was founded in 1965, we have been looking for answers and striving to improve our understanding of the Universe and World around us. We want to share our expertise and be influential in shaping the future by solving problems which affect us all. We aim to provide solutions, for example in climate change, in fighting the decline in biodiversity, developing new technological innovations or in building more sustainable living habits.  In collaboration with the international scientific community, we search for the answers to the biggest questions in science, especially in the fields of evolution, sustainable use of natural resources, mathematical analysis, multidisciplinary nanoscience, resource wisdom and subatomic physics. Our research has impact at the international level and our partners include the European Space Agency ESA and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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