Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemistry
University of Helsinki Department of Chemistry


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 ( located in the Kumpula Science Campus, focuses on research, research based teaching, and social influence through science.

The Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) is part of the Chemistry Department. VERIFIN institute ( operates in close contact with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and is the National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). VERIFIN supports the disarmament of chemical weapons by development of identification methods for chemical warfare agents (CWA) and organizes training courses for chemists in developing countries. The institute is an accredited testing laboratory (T073, ISO/IEC 17025) by the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS). VERIFIN is also one of the designated laboratories of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for analysis of environmental and biomedical samples.

VERIFIN invites applications for a


The appointment is for three years, starting October 1, 2020, with a six-month trial period, under the mentorship of Professor Gary Eiceman, in the GIDPROvis project (Gas Ion Distillation and Sequential Ion Processing Technologies for Identification and Visualization of Chemicals in Airborne Vapors) funded by the European Union.

The selected postdoctoral researcher will work as a part of an international, multidisciplinary team designing, building, and testing of novel technologies in the area of ion chemistry and spectrometry of gas ions.


We are seeking a candidate with a PhD preferably in instrumental physics, physical chemistry, or chemical engineering (other areas of chemistry also considered). Experience in mass spectrometry, gas phase ion chemistry, computational modelling, and ion dynamics are advantageous. Previous experience in design and construction of chemical instrumentation is desirable. The successful candidate will have a good command of spoken and written English, a capability to multitask and meet research schedules. Demonstrated teaming across disciplines and cultures is desirable.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 5). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 3300–3800 €/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

The application should include (1) a motivation letter (max 1 page) and (2) a complete CV with
• Education/degrees obtained (preferably accompanied by a copy of the latest diploma)
• Prior work/research experience and a list of publications
• Other relevant information to demonstrate qualifications of the applicant
• Recommendation letter(s) or contact information of one or more referees

The above-mentioned attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file.

Please submit your application 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 30th, 2020.

Additional information
Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Professor Gary Eiceman
( or Professor Paula Vanninen (

Due date

30.06.2020 23:59 EEST


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