Postdoctoral position – 2018 in Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Postdoctoral position in Sweden Chalmers University of Technology

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral position

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden invites application for potdoctoral position from candidates having PhD in Experimental Materials Science, Physics, or a related area.

About- Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas. 

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of Research group lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”. 

Research group have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Research/Job Area- Materials Science, Physics, or a related area

Project Title- Time-resolved spectroscopy of energy materials

Location- Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Eligibility/Qualification- To qualify for the position, you must have completed a PhD in Experimental Materials Science, Physics, or a related area, at the time of appointment. In practice, this means you already have a PhD or you will be finishing in the next 4-5 months, at the latest. Specifically, we are looking for a person with experience in time-resolved (pump and probe) spectroscopy techniques based on X-rays and/or IR light, preferably applied on solid state materials. To be successful, the person needs to be highly motivated, independent, and have high analytical, social, and communicational skills. Highest standards of research ethics are a must. Excellent knowledge of English, written and spoken, is also required. With this set, we offer unique opportunities for top notch basic research pertaining to technologically important materials and career development.

Job/Position Description- The postdoctoral researcher will join the young and dynamic research group of Associate Professor Maths Karlsson at the Energy and Materials Division of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers. Our research, within the field of materials science and physics, focuses on investigations of key fundamental properties of atomic-scale structure and dynamics in energy relevant materials, such as ionic conductors and luminescent materials, with a view towards their application in present-day and future energy technologies (e.g., fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen storage, and light emitting diodes). The primary tools to this end involve the use and development of advanced neutron and synchrotron radiation techniques, as well as free electron laser facilities around the world – a field in which we are internationally very competitive. Our research is further strengthened by the collaboration with national and international top scientists, that provide complementary expertise in, for example, materials synthesis and computer modelling techniques. For further information about our research group, please see our poster describing some of our research:

Major responsibilities
The successful candidate will be part of a collaborative project between other groups at Chalmers, the MAX IV laboratory in Lund (Sweden), the Advanced Photon Source (U.S.), and the University of Verona (Italy). The project focuses on experimental studies of thermal quenching and energy transfer mechanisms in technologically important phosphors for present or future use in light-emitting diodes and other optical applications. The main techniques will involve the use of time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction, available at synchrotron sources and free electron lasers, as well as our own optical spectroscopy lab at Chalmers. The project builds on the group’s expertise in relation to investigations of the physical mechanisms underpinning phosphor performance as established over the last couple of years and funded by external grants.

As part of the responsibilities, the postdoctoral researcher will, apart from his/her own research, be involved in the supervision of one PhD student on a complementary topic on phosphors. It is also expected that he/she applies for smaller travel grants from local and national funding agencies. 

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1). It may be extended furthermore pertaining to a successful performance and the availability of funds. 

How to Apply- The application should be marked with Ref 20180436 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-2 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications of relevance for the position. 

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

For Contact- Maths Karlsson, [email protected]

Last Date for Apply 20 September, 2018

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