Postdoctoral Researcher in Carbon-Capturing Magnesium Cement

University of Oulu Faculty of Technology

Finland

One Postdoctoral Researcher and Two Doctoral Students for Carbon-Capturing Magnesium Cement (CARBO-CEM)

The North changes the world – more sustainable, more intelligent, more humane. 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 actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

Kvantum Institute is one of the four strategic focus institutes supporting high-quality research, coordinating multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training. Kvantum’s science-based expertise meets global challenges in the focus areas Sustainable materials and systems and Changing climate and northern environment. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary networking of research groups as well as co-operation between groups and national and international partners.

We are now looking for

One Postdoctoral Researcher and two Doctoral Students

for Carbon-capturing magnesium cement (CARBO-CEM)

Description of the positions

The Postdoctoral Researcher: We are looking for talented, innovative and driven Postdoctoral Research for a 4-year position. The research will be concentrated on the use of organic ligands in cementitious binders. The research is multidisciplinary, but chemistry-focused so applicants should have a strong background in inorganic or organic chemistry – preferably about speciation of organometallic complexes. The project aims at enhancing the solubility of the precursor and to control the cementitious reactions so that alternative raw materials (such as magnesium silicate minerals) could be used as cementitious binders. The work is done in a multidisciplinary research team of chemists, physicist, engineers and material scientist.

You will carry out research work within a research team, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, take part in funding acquisition, contribute in teaching and supervision. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher may participate in administrative tasks of the research unit. You will work on research in university`s strategic research profile area called Inorganic Side Streams (InStreams). Further information about the InStreams from the webpage: www.oulu.fi/instreams/

One Doctoral Student (Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit) will concentrate on developing pre-treatment methods for magnesium silicate minerals in order to increase their reactivity in cement systems. Your task will be to carry out multidisciplinary research with state-of-the art methods, including laboratory work and material analyses. Cement is one of the biggest polluters and responsible for 8% of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions. At the same time, it has big potential; cement offers the largest carbon capture and storage (CCU) opportunity due to massive volumes and favorable chemistry. As a starting point, magnesium silicate minerals offer an abundant mineral base, that is currently untapped for cement and that can be carbonated to yield net-negative carbon dioxide emissions. Our team contributes to relevant scientific topics, including reactive precursor synthesis, magnesium de-solvation and carbonation, as well as crystal growth, while utilizing modelling methods such as thermodynamic and atomistic modelling.
You will carry out research work within team, publish research results in leading international scientific journals, attend doctoral courses and complete your thesis within 4 years. Other duties include teaching undergraduate courses (approx. 5 % of the annual working time) and supervising undergraduate theses. In addition, you may be obligated to participate in minor administrative tasks of the Research Unit and University. You will work on research in university`s strategic research profile area called Inorganic Side Streams (InStreams). Further information about the InStreams from the webpage: www.oulu.fi/instreams/

The other Doctoral Student (Nano and Molecular Systems Research unit) will concentrate on characterization of cementitious and other inorganic materials using advanced characterization techniques such as synchrotron-based X-ray spectromicroscopies and diffraction. Our aim is to provide molecular level insight to precursor chemistry, cementitious reactions, and reaction products. You will also participate to the development of methods and instrumentation.

Description of the research groups

Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit (http://www.oulu.fi/pyokuien/) carries out research in the field of advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. The group consists of 50 people; 2 professor, 1 associate professor (tenure track), 16 postdocs and 21 doctoral students. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in attracting competitive funding including the Academy of Finland and Horizon 2020 EU programmes.

Nano and Molecular Systems Research unit (www.nanomo.fi) is a highly international research environment presently formed by 2 professors, 3 associate professors (tenure track) and around 40 other researchers. The focus is on molecular scale materials physics and novel applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs, EU EIT-RawMaterials and ERDF funds, Academy of Finland and other national and international funds. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV facility, participates in the planning and construction of the FinEstBeAMS beamline, and contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral Researcher position:

  • We are looking for a team player with solid research skills
  • You must have a doctoral degree in chemistry, materials science or in a closely related field. Please note that, your degree should be obtained within the last 10 years, latest by the start of the employment
  • We expect you to have knowledge in laboratory and material analysis technique(s) (spectroscopy, microscopy, diffraction)
  • You should have good communication skills in both written and spoken English

The candidates are expected to have experience from research environments other than University of Oulu

Doctoral Student position (Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit):

  • We are looking for a team player with good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • You must have a Master of Science or equivalent degree in materials science, chemistry, physical chemistry, or physics, with very good/excellent grades
  • The selected candidate will carry out her/his doctoral studies within the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Doctoral Student position (Nano and Molecular Systems Research unit):

  • We are looking for a team player with good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • You must have a Master of Science or equivalent degree in physics, physical chemistry, materials science, or quantum chemistry, with very good/excellent grades
  • The selected candidate will carry out her/his doctoral studies within the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

What we offer

You will become a part of a highly talented research group, that is working on strategically and globally significant research area
You will receive support from your team and supervisor, so that you can excel in your studies and research
In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as occupational healthcare and affordable sport services
4-year position, beginning on January 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): A Postdoctoral Researcher will be based on demand level 5 – 6 and a Doctoral Student level 2 – 4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is approx. 3400€ per month (before taxes) and for a Doctoral Student approx. 2350€ per month (before taxes). A trial period of six months will be applied.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by November 1st, 2020 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

3) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/

4) A research plan, max. 3 pages (Postdoctoral Researcher position only)

5) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate (Postdoctoral Researcher position) or of the original Master's degree certificate (Doctoral Student position) and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

6) 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 portal will be considered.

Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information

Postdoctoral Researcher position

Prof. Mirja Illikainen, Mirja.illikainen@oulu.fi

Assist. Prof. (tenure track) Juho Yliniemi (Juho.yliniemi@oulu.fi)

Doctoral Student position (Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit)

Assoc. Prof. (tenure track) Päivö Kinnunen, paivo.kinnunen@oulu.fi

Doctoral Student position (Nano and Molecular Systems Research unit)

Assoc. Prof. (tenure track) Minna Patanen, minna.patanen@oulu.fi

City of Oulu

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