Project Researcher in Wood Fiber and Biopolymer Chemistry

Project Researcher in Wood Fiber and Biopolymer Chemistry

Åbo Akademi University

Turku, Finland


In this recruitment, we are primarily looking for a candidate with a background in the following field(s): wood science, lignocellulose chemistry, wood biopolymer chemistry, surface analysis, chemistry and chemical technology, and material science and engineering.

Description of the position

The main task will be to carry out work within the scope defined by the project, within Emission Free Pulping (EFP) program.

EFP program represents a ground-breaking initiative aimed at challenging and revolutionizing current pulping processes and developing novel pulping concepts to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. The EFP consortium, coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, consist of 10 research organizations in both countries and several major forest industries. The project task at ÅAU has a strong focus on the development of analytical toolboxes that will allow to investigate fiber liberation more efficiently.

The employment can start as soon as possible or as per agreement. The appointed person will be placed at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The position is located in Turku.

Qualification and assessment

We are looking for a motivated project researcher who has an education background in wood science or lignocellulose chemistry, biomass and fiber characterization and chemistry, chemistry and chemical technology, or other closely related field suitable for the position described above.

Qualification requirements for positions as project researcher:

  • doctoral degree in wood science or lignocellulose chemistry, chemistry or chemical engineering, material science and engineering, or other fields defined above;
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English;
  • Good knowledge and research experiences in wood science, biomass and fiber characterization and processing, and lignocellulose chemistry are considered a merit;
  • The applicants are assessed based on the qualifications above and possible results of research in the relevant field or related subjects. During the selection process the applicants can be invited to an interview.

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