Ph.D. Student Position in Umea University, Sweden

Designation/Position- Ph.D. Student position

Umea University, Sweden invites application for Ph.D. Student position from eligible and interested candidates 

About- The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees, of which approximately 50 graduate students, and a strong and expanding research. The Department has three major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, and Technical Chemistry. We are active in three of the priority research areas of the Faculty of Science and Technology and are a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical- Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website.

Research/Job Area- Chemistry or another related subject

Location- Umea University, Sweden

Eligibility/Qualification– To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry or another subject considered to be directly relevant to the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization or an equivalent subject.

You are interested in inorganic chemistry and geochemistry, and have demonstrated abilities at thinking at the molecular level. You must have at least 15 ECTS credits in environmental chemistry, aquatic chemistry, inorganic (geo)chemistry, or the equivalent at advanced level. Practical experience in vibrational spectroscopy, inorganic synthesis and advanced data evaluation (MATLAB, R, Python) are considered valuable assets. Experience in electrochemistry and molecular modelling (molecular dynamics or ab initio methods) are not mandatory but will be viewed favourably. You are a logical thinker, thorough at work, and able to work independently. Good oral and written proficiency in English is also required.

Job/Position Description- Research group is looking for a doctoral candidate with a master’s degree in chemistry, or geochemistry, or equivalent qualifications, and particular fascination and skill sets for advancing knowledge of molecular-level processes involving inorganic geomaterials.

The project will be predominantly focused on the chemistry of thin nanometric films of water deposited at mineral surfaces. The PhD student will explore the rich photo- and electrochemistry hosted in these unique solvation environments using a combination of experimental and computational modelling techniques available at Umeå University. The PhD student will work with spectroscopic methods and explore microelectrochemical approaches for probing chemical transformations undergone at mineral surfaces. Advanced numerical analyses and computer programming are also integral components to the research.

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as postgraduate courses. In the assignments, teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years full-time or up to five years when part-time teaching. The salary placement takes place according to the established salary level for doctoral employment.

How to Apply- The application must contain a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position, a resume, certified copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades and other relevant certificates as well as names and contact information for at least two reference persons. 

You apply through our e-recruitment system. Log in and apply through the button at the bottom of the page. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

For Contact- Further information can be obtained from Professor Jean-François Boily, phone: +46 90-786 52 70, e-mail: [email protected], web:

Last Date for Apply– 31 October 2018

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