Job ID: 173484

Doctoral candidate in the field of Bioproduct technology (Aalto University Bioinnovation Center)

Aalto University

  • Nov. 29, 2021
  • Doctoral candidate in the field of Bioproduct technology (Aalto University Bioinnovation Center)
  • T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems
  • Aalto University

  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Polymer Science
The Bioinnovation Center is an entirely new and unique platform that combines cutting-edge research, strategic infrastructure investments, expert education, and popularization of science. We offer an inspiring working community involving top-level researchers from various disciplines and international atmosphere. The Bioinnovation Center is establishing a Doctoral School which will be a unique multidisciplinary program combining the fields of chemistry, biomaterial sciences, automation technology, design, digital production, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, and business skills. As a doctoral student you will be able to participate in projects that will offer concrete solutions towards circular bioeconomy and a more sustainable future. The interdisciplinary approach of the program will challenge you to out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem solving. As a graduate from the doctoral school, you will become a highly qualified researcher eligible for most demanding positions in both academic and corporate settings.

As part of the Bioinnovation Center, the Bioproduct Chemistry and Plant design research groups are looking for a talented and exceptionally motivated

Doctoral candidate in Bioproduct technology

with a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and knowledge of surface chemistry and natural polymers like lignin and cellulose.

Your role and goals
The research will focus on developing lignin-based coatings for packaging and textiles. The group has developed a scalable method to prepare spherical lignin nanoparticles and demonstrated their use in applications ranging from drug delivery to wood coatings. Recently we developed a multiresistant surface coating based on lignin particles (CLPs) and epoxies and demonstrated its applicability for wood. The current project aims at tailoring the CLP surface coating for bio-based packaging and textiles. The coating would enable a broader use of biomaterials and reduce the use of fossil-based, non-degradable materials in packaging, and the hazardous chemicals used in the dying of textiles. For textiles the main focus will be on combining colour and functionality using a natural component and green chemistry. For packaging applications, the goal is to develop a biobased and efficient barrier coating. The work includes development of the coating, various characterization methods like dynamic light scattering, atomic force and scanning electron microscopies. In addition, the techno-economic assessment for the feasibility is an integral part of this work. This involves process design and simulation as well as cost calculation. The results will be published in scientific journals and presented in international conferences.

Your network and team
The Bioproduct Chemistry group ( is dedicated to replacing fossil-oil based materials by renewable biomaterials from natural resources, such as forest biomass. We conduct interdisciplinary research on bio-based material science and surface chemistry of lignocellulosics. Efforts are laid on finding novel application possibilities for the main plant polymers; cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. The approach to reach these goals is to focus on fundamental insight in surface chemistry of biomaterials, with a special focus on interaction forces. Current research projects are on lignin nanoparticles, nanofibrillated cellulose, biocomposites, and biomimetic hydrogels for medical applications.

We have excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering ( and in Nanomicroscopy center (

The candidate will be a part of the Bioinnovation Center doctoral school and work in close collaboration with the group of Plant Design, led by Pekka Oinas. Collaboration with school of Arts and Design is also expected.

Your experience and ambitions
The eligible candidate should have:

MSc in suitable field, such as polymer or organic chemistry or chemical engineering,

Strong knowledge in chemistry, chemical engineering and bio-based material science

Enthusiasm and motivation towards sustainability and new innovations

Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration

Good written and oral communication skills in English

In this position, you will apply Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering, please check the student information and application criteria In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

Please note that from 1 August 2016 onwards students may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (Universities Act 558/2009).*

What we offer
The position is initially filled for 2 years, and following a successful midterm progress review, the contract is continued for another 2 years. The total duration of doctoral studies is four years.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary is approx. 2500€/month, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. Employment includes occupational healthcare. Our facilities are located at Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by December 28, 2021.

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

To apply, please share the following application materials (in English, PDF format) with us:

Motivation letter (max. 2 pages), please address your research interests in an interdisciplinary collaboration
Curriculum Vitae
Degree certificates and academic transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Prof. Monika Österberg (

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

About Finland
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