Postdoctoral position on simulation of nanoparticle-based catalysis of the CO2 reduction reaction

There is an opening at Aalto University, Finland, at the postdoctoral level to work on identifying new electrocatalysts based on metal nanoparticles for the conversion of CO2 into methane and methanol. The project involves both finding stable structures for the nanoparticles and modeling the electrochemical reactions. This is a joint position between the groups of Dr. Miguel Caro and Dr. Xi Chen, at Aalto, and is cosupervised by Prof. Hannes Jónsson at the University of Iceland. Mobility exchanges to Iceland will be possible once the current international travel restrictions ease up.

The composition space for the new catalyst nanoparticles is focused on novel Cu-based alloys. Our methodology involves development of machine learning force fields trained from DFT data, global search algorithms for finding stable nanoparticles, and hybrid simulation methodology for finding the mechanism and rate of electrochemical reactions. The successful candidate is expected to be proficient in at least one of these areas, whereas familiary with the other ones is advantageous. Only candidates who obtained their PhD degree within the five years prior to commencement of employment can be considered.

Funding for this position is available for at least 1.5 years, with a circa half year extension likely. Further extensions are contingent on funding availability and mutual satisfaction. The starting date is as soon as possible.

To apply for this position please fill in the application form below. Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr. Miguel Caro (; please feel free to contact us if you are unsure whether you are quilified for the position. There is no application deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. If you are interested in applying but need more time to prepare the application you can contact us to express your intention, so that we do not miss your application.

About Aalto University

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The application period for this position is now closed.