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Postdoctoral Researcher in computational modelling of self-organization in soft materials
Aalto University

Date Posted May 5, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in computational modelling of self-organization in soft materials
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T105 Chemistry and Materials
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Material/Metallurgy
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Soft Materials Modelling group at Department of Chemistry and Materials Science is looking for

Postdoctoral Researcher in computational modelling of self-organization in soft materials

We are looking for 1-2 postdoctoral researchers to work on 1) molecular self-organization of biomacromolecular materials and/or 2) structural organization of colloidal and nanoparticle solutions in external fields. The modelling projects are in the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in Life Inspired Hybrid Materials (LIBER) at Aalto University.

Your role
Your research will focus on computational modelling of driven assembly in soft and hybrid molecular materials. As postdoc, you are part of a research team with a common research direction and work as part of the team sharing knowledge and learning. You are already a trained researcher in some specific area of computational soft materials modelling and able to do research relatively independently in your own area of expertise but looking to expand skills. Role in team and team responsibilities depend on your level of experience: participation in instruction and training of doctoral and undergraduate students is expected and provides possibility of expanding research.

Your experience and ambitions
LIBER operates across physics, chemistry, and biosciences in Aalto University - the sought person has the ability and willingness to drive high-profile, interdisciplinary research in a joint effort between physics, chemical sciences, and biomolecular materials.

You must have a doctoral degree and study background in computational soft materials physics, chemistry, materials science, or related field. We expect you to also have a good publication history and a strong understanding of soft matter, especially driven self-organization and assembly. Specific expertise can focus on modelling of e.g., biomacromolecular, colloidal, polymer, or nanoparticle systems. We do some work at atomistic scale but value coarse-grained and multiscale expertise, and ability to combine the particle-based approaches with statistical mechanics and continuum scale modelling of soft materials. You should have demonstrated expertise in dissemination of scientific results and be well versed in data handling and linux/unix based high performance computing environments (HPC computing). Good oral and written command of English is necessary in this position.

What we offer?
The expected starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher who has recently received their PhD is approximately 3500 €/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health care services and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system. If you are Aalto employee or visitor, please apply via our internal Workday system (Career). 
Please include the following documents in English.
  • A letter of motivation
  • A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history, as well as, list of scientific publications
  • Contact details of at least 2 possible reference letter writers

The call is open until May 30, 2022 but we may start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

More information
If you have any questions, group leader Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi is glad to give you more information about the position. Email: firstname.lastname@aalto.
More info about the LIBER Center of Excellence at and about the Soft Materials Modelling Group at

About Finland
Aalto University is an international community, more than 40% of our academic faculty comes from outside Finland. Finland is a great place for living with or without family - it is a safe, politically stable and well organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world. Helsinki is the lively, dynamic capital of Finland with active international social scene, good opportunities for culture or outdoor activities, and reputedly high quality of living in general.  For more information about living in Finland: .

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