Postdoctoral researcher, Aqueous phase and aerosol thermodynamics University of Oulu, Synchrotron-based Atmospheric Research (ATMOS) Group Finland

Postdoctoral researcher, Aqueous phase and aerosol thermodynamics

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with approximately 14 000 students and 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide, multidisciplinary interests, a modern research and study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.


The Synchrotron-based Atmospheric Research (ATMOS) Group is part of the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, which coordinates the Finnish national participation at the new MAX IV synchrotron facility in Sweden and contributes to the European Free Electron Laser Eu-XFEL project. In ATMOS, we integrate a wide array of experimental and computational approaches, including synchrotron radiation excited spectroscopy, nano-particle technology, molecular physics, thermodynamics, quantum, bio- and atmospheric chemistry, climate modeling, and artificial intelligence (AI) methods. Driven by several recent research grants from ERC H2020 and Academy of Finland, our current profiling focuses on properties and functions of nanoparticles for atmospheric chemistry and climate change (


The ATMOS team is now seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop our model framework for thermodynamic properties of especially organic compounds in the aqueous and atmospheric aerosol phase.


The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher will be to design and code modules for representing organic compounds in aqueous solution, with focus on aqueous surfaces, surface active compounds, and surface tension in a context of aerosols and cloud droplets. Our main programming language used is Matlab, occasionally also Fortran. The postdoctoral researcher will work as part of our theory and modeling team with overall focus on creating a comprehensive framework for aqueous surfaces in atmospheric and aerosol chemistry. The modeling team is continuously interacting with our experimental team in designing experiments and using experimental results to obtain robust model descriptions. We use a wide range of experimental strategies, including both traditional and novel aerosol methods such as synchrotron radiation based methods at the Finnish-Estonian Beamline for Atmospheric and Materials Science (FinEstBEAMS) at MAX IV and other synchrotron facilities. As a part of the ATMOS group, important duties also include supervising scientific research (Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. theses), maintaining and building international collaboration networks of ATMOS, as well as participation in teaching as a part of the physics curriculum at University of Oulu.


The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or a related field, and significant experience in modeling of thermodynamic properties, such as surface tension, solubility and vapor pressure, as well as programming in Matlab, Fortran, or similar languages. Additional knowledge of aerosol thermodynamics, cloud microphysics, and atmospheric chemistry is a strong advantage. Fluency in English, good communication and teamwork skills are required. Practical familiarity with thesis supervision, activity in the scientific community, scientific work abroad, and other international activities are additional strong merits.


As our new team member, we offer you a front-row position in a dynamic, collaborative and highly multidisciplinary research group, working together with top international experts in several fields, including thermodynamic modeling and atmospheric science. The position is initially offered for two years, with possibility for extension. The place of work is Oulu, Finland. In addition, our current project funding offers possibilities for taking part in experimental work at international research infrastructures, as well as undertaking research visits with collaborators abroad.


The salary is based on levels 5 – 6 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). For more information on the salary system at Finnish universities, please see


Apply online latest on Friday, April 27, 2018. Please include your CV (max. 2 pages), publication list, motivation letter including research and teaching merits (2 pages), a brief research and action plan (max. 2 pages), as well as contact information of at least two persons from whom references may be asked.


The position is filled as soon as possible. A trial period six months is applied to the position, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.


For further information, please contact Nønne Prisle, Head of ATMOS Research group, nonne.prisle(at), or Jussi Malila, ATMOS theory and computational group, jussi.malila(at)

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