Doc­toral Stu­dent, The Helsinki ALD Group

Helsinki, Finland
04 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 15 professors at the Department.

Materials Chemistry is an interdisciplinary research program of the Department of Chemistry compiling research on organic, inorganic, polymer and structural chemistry. The research in the department of chemistry covers all aspects from basic chemistry research (synthesis, understanding and characterization) to material applications (utilization in electronics, functional materials and everyday consumables).

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a


position under the supervision of Dr. Marianna Kemell. The successful applicant will join the Helsinki ALD group at the Department of Chemistry and enroll in the Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA) at the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki. The position is fixed-term for 4 years including a trial period of 6 months, and the work is scheduled to commence in September 1st, 2020. Successful applicant is expected to work full time on the PhD thesis and to complete PhD thesis and the required studies in four years.

Position description

The doctoral thesis work will be part of an Academy of Finland funded research project ”Atomic layer deposition as key enabler for scalable and stable perovskite solar cells, 2020-2024”. The work will involve atomic layer deposition of thin films for halide perovskite solar cells and preparation of nanostructured solar cells, as well as characterization of the films and structures by various methods. You are expected to prepare manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals, present your findings in scientific meetings and workshops, as well as prepare funding applications for travel and research grants.


  • MSc. degree or equivalent in chemistry, materials research or physics
  • Fluency in English
  • High motivation for academic research, initiative and capability of working both independently and as a member of a team

The appointee must either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of 6 months applied in the appointment. If the appointee does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, the appointee must apply for it separately (

Salary and benefits

The salary will be based on level 2 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 2300-2500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

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.


Applications should include the following attachments as a single PDF file:

  • a CV (including a possible list of publications)
  • 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)
  • a cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project.

Please submit your application with its attachments through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link ”Apply for the position”.

Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for the application is August 9th, 2020.

Additional information

For further information, contact Dr. Marianna Kemell: marianna.kemell(at)

For more information on the research group and publications, see:

For more information on The Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA), see

Due date

09.08.2020 23:59 EEST