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PhD position in Chemistry ‒ Research on Molecules-materials Interfaces Using Large-scale Simulations, Sweden

Publish Date: Jul 13, 2016

Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

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Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.


An in-depth understanding of the interaction between molecules and inorganic materials at interfaces ‒ for example on catalysts, sensors or electrodes ‒ is important for the development of our high-tech society. This PhD project, which will be conducted within the Computational Materials Chemistry research group (www.teoroo.kemi.se), within the Structural Chemistry program, concerns research into how molecules (e.g. water) and inorganic materials interact at an interface and thereby induce changes in each other and alter the properties of the interface. Experimentalists try to characterise such changes using various spectroscopies and other techniques, and we develop models and methods to simulate spectral properties of direct relevance to experimentalists that we collaborate with.

The research group is active within the new European Materials Modelling Council and within CECAM as well as within the Swedish strategic research programme eSSENCE, which focuses on e-science and modelling.


The successful applicant should have a Master of Science degree in Chemistry, engineering chemistry, Materials Chemistry, or equivalent. Knowledge regarding fundamental concepts in chemical bonding, quantum chemistry, and statistical mechanics is a prerequisite for this position, as is knowledge regarding inorganic materials, molecules and structures. Experience of atomic/molecular simulation methods, such as density functional theory, force-fields and molecular dynamics simulations will be considered a merit. Good computer knowledge, as well as acquaintance with programming languages (C or Fortran, and Python, or similar) are also merits. Strong collaboration spirit and good communication skills in oral and written English are required.

The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties at the level of at most 20% (typically teaching).

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, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of the Master's thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. Candidates are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Pay: Individual salaries

Starting: Autumn 2016.

Type of employment: Temporary position, 4 years

Working hours: 100 %

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2016-08-31, UFV-PA 2016/2273

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.


Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100
Town: Uppsala
County: Uppsala län
Country: Sweden
Union representative: Marie Ols, TCO/ST 018-471 2459
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/2273
Last application date: 2016-08-31

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