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The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Doctoral candidate in the field of electrochemistry and physical chemistry of metal hydrides

University of Turku is looking for doctoral candidate. Fixed-term position will begin on November 1, 2020 or upon mutual agreement. The assignment ends on October 31, 2024.

Do you want to be part of the team to develop and understand next generation energy conversion technologies? Do you have hands on experience in electrochemistry, physical chemistry or solid state physics? Are you searching for an opportunity to use your knowledge and develop your competence further?

The future Department of mechanical and materials engineering of University of Turku is looking for a doctoral candidate to join the group of Physical Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Physics lead by Dr. Pekka Peljo. This group will move to University of Turku in September 2020. You would take a part on a large European project to investigate metal hydrides and isotope effects in electrocatalysis and electrodeposition. The work focuses on experimental investigation of electrodeposition of metal hydrides, as well as investigation of their properties. This project is done in collaboration with six leading European universities, and utilizing state-of-the art large scale research infrastructure such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. As a doctoral candidate in this position, you would have an exciting opportunity to mix electrochemistry, physical chemistry and solid state physics. Participating in this project gives you also possibilities to grow your network, since the group has numerous international contacts and projects.


You have a Master’s degree in Chemistry or related field (Material Science, Physics) at the time of the contract commencement. We count good knowledge of electrochemistry, physical chemistry, solid state and nuclear physics an advantage but it’s not a requirement.

In this position, you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in University of Turku. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria. In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

The qualification requirements of the positions are stated in the University of Turku rules of Procedure. A person selected for the post of doctoral candidate is required to have a higher university degree and must have an accepted research plan. In addition, when acquiring his or her degree or otherwise, he or she is required to have demonstrated the ability and motivation to undertake postgraduate studies and the capacity to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with the research plan. The degree must be completed before the end of the application period.

The salary for a doctoral candidate is based on the University salary system for teaching and research personnel. The salary is at levels 2-4 on the job demands chart, where the task specific salary component is 2055,66–2563,09 euro per month. In addition, a personal work performance component will be paid. The personal performance component is a 6%–50% of the task-specific base salary.

Applications must be submitted by Monday 31st of August, 2020 (23:59), using the electronic application form of the University of Turku on the following address: The link to the application system is at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for the job). Applications should include CV, a publication list, list of publications and degree diplomas, and motivation letter. Please provide also the names and contact details of two professional references on your motivation letter. In your application, you can tell more detail about your studies, future study plans and suitability for the research project.

For further information contact Associate professor Pekka Peljo (pekka.peljo(at) For questions related to the application process, contact HR specialist Antti Fjällström (antti.fjallstrom(at)

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