Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Materials Chemistry with focus on halide perovskites)


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The Photonics Research and Innovation Flagship (PREIN) is a multi-disciplinary competence cluster focusing on the development of light-based technologies. PREIN is a national network that gathers the cutting-edge expertise in Photonics in Finland, including Tampere University, University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University and VTT research center. PREIN is one of the 6 Finnish Flagships funded by the Academy of Finland. The Flagship program is a northern fleet of excellent science, successful collaboration and solutions for tomorrow. Its rationale is to support future knowledge and sustainable solutions to societal challenges and seeks to advance economic growth by developing new business opportunities. Combining the resources and infrastructures of its partners, PREIN covers all the Photonics value chain, from fundamental research to applied research, seeding industrial collaboration, supporting mobility and career development.

PREIN develops light-based technologies for applications in life science, energy-saving, ICT, and environmental monitoring. The partners have complementary expertise and skills, ranging from the design and fabrication of nanomaterials and optical components to system integration and instrumentation development. Our research focuses on light field control, new materials and structures, and the development of light sources with tailored characteristics, all seeding to the development of novel technologies ranging from e.g. portable sensors, to LIDAR for environmental and industrial monitoring or smart photovoltaic modules for eco-efficient solutions.
For more information see our website prein.fi

The position is in the Chemistry and Advanced Materials (CAM) group (https://research.tuni.fi/cam). The group has a common strategy of using chemistry approach to design and fabricate functional compounds and materials.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be part of the ‘Hybrid Solar Cells’ team (https://research.tuni.fi/hsc) at TAU, in strong collaboration with the ‘Photonics Compounds and Nanomaterials’ team (https://research.tuni.fi/photomat). Furthermore, there will be possibility to cooperate with researchers at other Finnish universities (e.g. Aalto University) and with a broad network of international collaborators.

Job description

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD´s to lead the research project “High band gap perovskite materials for hybrid applications” which requires a strong background in halide perovskites, including design, synthesis and characterization of new materials and compositions, in bulk or nanocrystals.

The project is part of the PREIN (https://prein.fi/) flagship program. Tampere University is inviting applications for a fixed-term employment as Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the time period of 2 years.


You are an enthusiastic, highly motivated researcher holding a PhD in the area of Materials/Inorganic Chemistry or Materials Science, and with experience in the field of halide perovskites. We require strong hands-on experience in design and synthesis of novel perovskite materials, in bulk or nanocrystals. In-depth experience in spectroscopic characterization and/or hands-on experience in thin-film and/or solar-cell processing are considered as a plus. The work requires high level of experimental skills and analytical mindset for interpreting the measured data.

You are a team player able to work with multidisciplinary research teams. Your strengths include strong methodological background, excellent analytical skills, very good writing skills, high motivation for innovation, and flexibility to work and deliver results. The position is targeted towards a scientist who has received a Ph.D. degree, preferably in the past few years.

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of 2 years. The planned starting date is as soon as possible. A trial period of 6 months applies to all new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is placed on the job demands levels 5-6 (teaching and research staff). The typical starting monthly remuneration for a new Postdoctoral Research Fellow will vary in the range of 3400-3500 Euros.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

We offer a world-class research environment in internationally recognized research groups. We have strong collaborative networks and offer great opportunities for researchers to develop their careers in an international setting.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 20.04.2020 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC).

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:
•    Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines (www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
•    List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines (www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/)
•    References from two people
•    Motivation letter (incl. research directions):
o    1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
o    Previous research fields and main research results.
o    Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Paola Vivo, Group Leader ‘Hybrid Solar Cells’, + 358 44 340 7081, paola.vivo (at) tuni.fi
Prof. Nikolai Tkachenko, Group Leader ‘Photonic Compounds and Nanomaterials’, tel +358 40 748 4160, nikolai.tkachenko (at) tuni.fi.

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Job Info
Job Status: Open
No of Vacancies: 1
Date Posted: March 25, 2020
Expiry Date: 2020-04-20
Job Type: Postdoctoral
Job Level: Any
Years of Experience: 2
Salary Info
Salary Type: Negotiable
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