PhD Student /Postdoctoral Position in Energy and Materials Science, UK

Publish Date: Nov 09, 2015

Deadline: Nov 30, 2015

Information about the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
This is about our lives and natural resources, about energy, materials recycling and materials development. With our focus on sustainable development we work with research and education of the highest quality for smarter materials and smarter processes, for improved health and a better environment.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research divisions and one administrative unit. We are situated at campus Johanneberg.

Our department is characterized by inspiring world-leading research, in an environment of personal development and creation of new knowledge.

Information about the division
Research at the division of Energy & Materials at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is focused on material challenges in connection to green energy systems. We host the High Temperature Corrosion center, jointly sponsored by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology and 22 member companies

Information about the research area
Material performance is one of the key barriers inhibiting the transition towards a more sustainable energy system. Material related problems limit plant lifetimes and reduce efficiencies, adversely affecting plant economy and consequently the spread of green energy. Our research activities focus on various application areas e.g. corrosion in combustion and gasification of biomass and waste, metallic materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and metallic and intermetallic materials for high temperature industrial processes. The successful candidate will be a part of one of these areas.

A keystone of the research performed within the HTC framework is the link between well controlled laboratory exposures and thermodynamic calculations with advanced microstructural investigations. Within HTC, we work with state of the art analytical electron and ion microscopy such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) using high-resolution FEG-SEMs equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) detectors. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling can be employed to analyze the specimens in more detail. The state-of-the-art FEI Titan 80-300 TEM provides unique opportunities for analyzing the oxide scales on the atomic level.

Major responsibilities
We are looking for a PhD student to join our team. The majority of your working time will be devoted to own research studies, with much collaboration with academic and industrial partners. Your research will include laboratory and field work coupled with state-of-the-art analysis.

All PhD projects are performed in collaboration with our partner companies, other departments at Chalmers as well as research groups at other universities. This requires a combination of well-developed collaboration skills, the ability to work independently and high analytical capabilities.

You will communicate scientific results both orally and in writing at scientific conferences and at project meetings with industry partners. The position will include up to 20% departmental work, mostly teaching of undergraduate students.

Position summary
Chalmers offers an international research environment in the heart of Scandinavia. We offer a full-time temporary employment with a competitive salary including benefits like paid vacation (~28 days of vacation depending on age), parental leave, health insurance etc.

You have a masters degree (or equivalent) in material science or related subjects like chemistry, physics or mechanical engineering with an emphasis on inorganic materials.

The undergraduate courses are normally taught in Swedish, although the graduate level teaching is in English. Thus, strong language skills are required. Applicants who do not have Swedish as their native language should have the goal to learn Swedish to a level where you can teach students during your PhD employment.

As a person you show curiosity and deliver as part of a team, yet always take responsibility for your tasks. We believe you are innovative and structured, and enjoy being part of a dynamic team.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20150366 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

  1. Application: (Please name the document: APPLICATION, Family name, reference number)
    − CV
    − Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
    − Two references that we can contact.
  2. Personal letter/Qualifications: (Please name the document as: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number) 
    − 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans.
    − Previous research fields and main research results.
    − Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?
  3. Other:
    − Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
    − Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

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

Application deadline: 30 November 2015

For questions, please contact:
Jan-Erik Svensson,
Chemistry and chemical engineering,
+46 31 - 772 28 63

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Built Environment, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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