Postdoc Scholarship in Molecular Spectroscopy of Premolten or Quasi-liquid Layers 2017, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2017

Deadline: Mar 17, 2017

About the Scholarship

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the areas Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied Chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from Chemistry to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry, Technical Preparatory Year and three international master programs: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We also cooperate with the master programs Energy and Environment, Materials Design and Biotechnology.

Project description

The main purpose of the project is to obtain and analyze molecular structural information of the premolten or quasi-liquid layer present at the surface of selected solids close to their melting points. Emphasis will be made in correlating the temperature-dependent molecular properties with the macroscopic adhesion force on a solid support; the research direction is exemplified by Liljeblad-Furó-Tyrode, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19 305-317 (2017). Molecular information of the typically nanometer-sized premolten layer will be obtained using advanced surface sensitive vibrational spectroscopic techniques (Vibrational Sum Frequency and TIR Raman spectroscopy) and various forms of NMR spectroscopy. During the project the candidate is expected to reach state-of-the-art competence in the above-mentioned spectroscopic tools. The project will involve collaboration with different research partners both in Sweden and abroad. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the collaborative writing of those high-impact papers that will summarize the results achieved.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in a subject relevant for the research, such as surface chemistry, physical chemistry or physics. Specific knowledge and experience in either Vibrational Sum Frequency spectroscopy or NMR spectroscopy are required. Good command of the English language in both its written and spoken forms.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Lena Skowron You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2017-03-17. Mark your application with reference number K-2017-0090.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for at least two references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the scholarship

Period: 1 year (with potential extension for 1 additional year).
Extent: Full-time
Number of positions: 1
Amount of scholarship: 26 000 SEK per month.
Starting date: Earliest 1st of May 2017 and latest: 1st of December 2017


Eric Tyrode, Associate Professor
Phone: +46 8 790 9915

István Furó, Professor
Phone: +46 8 790 8592

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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