PhD position in inorganic or materials chemistry

Uppsala University
August 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory conducts research and education in chemistry. The Department has over 300 active persons, of which 200 are employees and the rest consists of guest researchers and students doing research at Master level. Annual turnover is just over 180 million SEK. You can find more information here.

Research area: The PhD student will work in the border area between Chemistry, Physics and Engineering sciences, with a specialisation in advanced characterisation techniques of new materials, in bulk or as thin films. The project will be performed within the program of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry - Ångström, under the supervision of Dr Erik Lewin. The project will connect to several ongoing projects focusing on synthesis of new materials. The PhD student will within these projects work together with several other PhD students and senior researchers.

Duties: The project will be focused on advanced characterisation techniques to determine the structure, bonding and microstructure of new materials. These methods will to a large extent be synchrotron-based, such as in-situ or nano- X-ray diffraction (XRD), hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), or X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Thus large parts of the experimental work will be conducted at large-scale facilities in Sweden and abroad. However also techniques available in-house at the Ångström laboratory will be of large importance (e.g. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron microscopy), and some synthetic work will also be included. The goal of the project is to raise the level of materials analysis of ongoing and future projects at the program of inorganic chemistry, and introduce new techniques to the research groups. Additional collaborations with researchers at large-scale facilities as well as other departments at Uppsala university are also foreseen.

Requirements: The applicant should be highly motivated and interested in chemistry and physics research, as well as in research on new materials. A suitable applicant has a M.Sc. in materials chemistry, materials physics or equivalent. For the applicant to be successful on the suggested project he/she needs to have a good knowledge materials chemistry and analysis, as well as general knowledge in inorganic chemistry. Practical experience in different analysis techniques as well as material synthesis techniques is a merit. Documented skills in oral and written English are required. The applicant should wish to work in an international and interdisciplinary research setting, and he/she should have the social skills to work in a team as well as independently.

Employment conditions: The research education corresponds to four years of full-time studies, and it can be complemented with up to 20% teaching, whereby the total employment time becomes five years. The salary is set in accordance with local guidelines at the section of chemistry, Uppsala university. For further information on rules and guidelines for PhD students, see here.

Application: An application should include a description of the candidate's research interest and past experiences, especially regarding the topics listed above as important for this position. The application should also include a CV (max 2 pages), copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of the Master's thesis (or a draft thereof), a list of at least two references with contact details, and other relevant documents.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University's excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.


Starting: 2017-11-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Erik Lewin, e-mail, tel: +46 (0)18-471 3730

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-09-30, UFV-PA 2017/2786.

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