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Doctoral candidate fixed-term position at University of Turku in the field of chemistry of redox flow batteries

University of Turku is looking for doctoral candidate. Fixed-term position will begin on September 1, 2020 or upon mutual agreement. The assignment ends on August 31, 2023.

Do you want to be part of the team to develop next generation energy storage technologies for stationary energy storage? Do you have hands on experience in electrochemistry, redox flow batteries, or metal complexes? 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 project that develops large scale energy storage systems based on redox flow batteries employing metal complexes. The current commercial flow batteries utilize vanadium electrolytes, but this is too expensive for widespread utilization of flow battery technologies for stationary energy storage. Therefore the aim is to discover inexpensive and safe chemistries to replace vanadium, based on metal complexes in aqueous solutions. The project includes electrochemical studies of different prospective candidates, flow battery testing, synthesis of metal complexes and investigation of their degradation pathways. This project is done in collaboration with an organic chemistry group focusing on synthesis of the materials, and computational chemistry group focusing on machine learning aided discovery of promising prospective candidates. As a doctoral candidate in this position, you would have an exciting opportunity to mix electrochemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic and organic synthesis and flow cell research. 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, Biochemistry) at the time of the contract commencement. We count good knowledge of electrochemistry, flow systems, organic and inorganic synthesis, as well as knowledge of basic molecular characterization tools such as NMR and different spectroscopies as 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 2033,29–2535,20 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 1st of June, 2020 (23:59), using the electronic application form of the University of Turku on the following address: 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 Senior Researcher of Material Engineering Pekka Peljo (pekka.peljo(at) For questions related to the application process, contact HR specialist Antti Fjällström (antti.fjallstrom(at)


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