PhD Student Homogeneous Catalysis at University of Helsinki

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in catalysis at University of Helsinki, Finland. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for four years in Finland. Applications are invited up to June 30, 2019.

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world's leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Chemistry ( at the Faculty of Science carries out research on chemistry and its applications at an international level and provides academic teaching based on high quality research. The department forms accountability unit operating on an annual budget of 19 million euros and reports 200 person-years per annum. There are 14 professors at the Department.

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a

position for four years in homogeneous catalysis under the supervision of professor Timo Repo. The successful applicant will join the Catalysis and Green Chemistry research group. The position is funded by the Nordic Consortium for Carbon Dioxide Conversion (NordCO2), and it is located at the Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki. The successful applicant will be enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of Chemistry and Molecular Science (CHEMS-DP) at the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki. The work is scheduled to start in August 2019 and the employment contract includes a trial period of 6 months.

Position description

The PhD project is aimed to develop new catalytic methods for the creation of carbon-carbon bonds using carbon dioxide as the reagent. In the course of the project, you will develop novel metal and metal-free catalysts and study their reactivity. Your work will involve organic and inorganic synthesis, purification and characterization of precursors and evaluation of the catalytic reactivity. You are expected to present your findings in scientific meetings and workshops, prepare funding applications for travel and research grants, as well as prepare manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals. Requirements

Motivated candidates with a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in chemistry are encouraged to apply. Prior expertise in work in a chemistry laboratory, in organic synthesis and analytical techniques, and other relevant experimental methods, and in handling of gaseous reagents are advantageous, but most importantly you should have a strong motivation for research in a highly multidisciplinary topic, enthusiasm to learn new things and contribute ideas, and possess the ability to conduct your research independently while being an active member of an international research team. Good written and oral communication skills in English will be needed. The selected candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki (…) and prepare and submit an application for the fall 2019 application cycle. Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, starting level 2). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 2200-2500 /month. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

How to apply

Applications should include a CV (with possible list of publications included), a copy of your transcript records (the courses completed during your M.Sc. program), contact details of two references (e.g. M.Sc. thesis or internship supervisor), and a letter (maximum 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project. Please submit your application with the attachments via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the Apply for the position button below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2019.

Additional information

For further inquiries regarding the position, please contact prof. Timo Repo ( For more information on the research group and publications, see….

Deadline: June 30, 2019
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