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Research Scientist (Postdoc, in the electrochemical recovery of phosphorous from water) Application period extended until 3.5.2024 - Geologian tutkimuskeskus

Research Scientist (Postdoc, in the electrochemical recovery of phosphorous from water) Application period extended until 3.5.2024

Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is seeking a Research Scientist to the process laboratory team. The position is within the Circular Economy Solutions unit, and your office will be in Kuopio, Finland.

In this position, you work in different projects and project calls depending on the current work demand. In the beginning you will be part of a research project that aims to develop an innovative approach for separating and recovering phosphorus from contaminated waters in a sustainable and economically viable manner.

Tasks associated with this position are as follows:
• Conducting experimental laboratory studies on the performance of electrocoagulation (EC) in separating
phosphorus from water.
• Analysis of the interactions between the various operational EC parameters and optimising the process
employing statistical methodologies (for instance, DOE).
• Laboratory testing of the hybrid EC-based system.
• Conducting analytical measurements, collecting research data and interpreting data.
• Producing high-quality scientific outputs
• Progress reporting to the project principal investigator and your supervisor.
• Traveling in Finland and abroad

Our expectations of the applicant

Education, experience and skills expected of an applicant
• A doctoral degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, or a similar discipline.
• Proven research experience (doctoral thesis, projects, or publications) in topics related to electrochemical
processes for the treatment of water and wastewater.
• Hands-on experience in electrochemical laboratory workstations, common analytical measurements, and
surface characterisation methods.
• Ability to plan and execute tasks effectively through laboratory experimental work and employment of
statistical tools to produce quality research outputs.
• Ability to work independently in the laboratory and with team members with different backgrounds.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Education, experience and skills that are appreciated
• Familiarity with life cycle assessment
• Driving licence (category B)
• Interest in studying Finnish

Personal qualities desired from the applicant
You are highly motivated, creative, eager to tackle scientific challenges and enthusiastic about working in a team-oriented international environment. You have good cooperation, interaction and networking skills.

Benefits GTK is an international and diverse work community where everyone's input is valued. Our employees have the opportunity to influence their work and work remotely in Finland. At GTK, we are committed to renewing our operations and expertise. We take care of our employees' wellbeing with our wide range of activities that support wellbeing at work. In addition, we offer central government holiday benefits and modern and multi-location work, such as flexible working hours. Please find out more about us: Clarifications

The person selected for the position might need to undergo standard security clearance vetting with the applicant’s consent (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). More detailed information on the procedure and the subject's rights is available at


For further information, please contact the project's principal investigator, senior scientist Małgorzata Szlachta, email:, tel. +358 29 503 3645 or your future supervisor Emmi Heikkilä, email:, tel. +358 29 503 0094. Both contact persons for further information are best reachable on 28.3., 4.4. and 12.4.

How to apply

Primarily, we request applicants to submit their applications electronically via the service. However, you can also apply for this job by delivering your application to the Registry Office’s postal address. Both the application and the envelope must feature the ID number of the position applied for. The letter must be delivered by the end of the application period.

  • The Registry of the Geological Survey of Finland

    Vuorimiehentie 5, P.O. Box 96
    FI-02151 Espoo

  • Organization

    At GTK, we aim to work for the Earth and for Us. We conduct objective research to find solutions to challenges posed by climate change, the energy transition, and the circular economy. Our 400 experts are specialists in the mineral economy, green energy, water management, the environment, and digital solutions. Together with our Finnish and global partners, we are building
    sustainable and carbon-neutral future. GTK is a research organization governed by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.


    You can work at one of our following locations

  • Kuopio, Viestikatu
    Viestikatu 7 A, P.O Box 1237
    FI-70211 Kuopio
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    Other information related to the task

  • Other information about the job: This is a fixed-term position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension if the resource situation of the research project so allows. The starting date is 1.6.2024 or by agreement. The position includes a probationary period.

    The diversity of our staff is enriching for us, so we encourage many kinds of people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our positions.

    Please send your application in English through the latest on 3.5.2024 at 16:15 (EEST), using service key 3612.

    The application should include the following information/appendixes:
    1. Cover letter stating why you are applying for the position.
    2. Curriculum vitae, with a list of publications with DOI (do not attach copies of your publications).
    3. Copy of the original doctoral degree certificate (when necessary, official translation to English). If the degree is
    pending during the recruitment process, please provide an official notification from your university with the
    estimated date of your doctoral defence (do not attach any other certificates).
    4. Contact information to two referees who may be contacted to give you a reference (reference letters are not
    required at this stage).

    The interviews will be conducted remotely. Candidates selected to interview may be requested to provide a copy of the doctoral thesis.

    Please note that the names of the applicants and the applications with attachments are public.
  • Employment group: Specialists
  • Remote work: No possibility to work remotely
  • Reason for a fixed-term job: Nature of work
  • Working time format: Office working hours
  • Basis of remuneration: The salary is determined by the competence of the person selected for the position.
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