PhD position in solid state chemistry

PhD position in solid state chemistry

Sweden 01 Aug 2024
Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology

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01 Aug 2024
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Project description
The position is centered around creating and characterizing novel materials for the transition to sustainable energy. In the newly founded Multiscale Inorganic Energy Materials group within Chalmers’s Energy and Materials division, we aim to create materials with novel structural motifs on different length scales as catalysts towards water splitting and CO2 reduction. The candidate will elucidate the relationship of the materials structure to their functional properties. For this mission, we seek motivated and skilled PhD students to contribute to groundbreaking research at the interface between solid state chemistry, materials science, and catalysis. You will focus on the creation of new main group and transition metal oxide catalysts as well as the modification of their structure on several dimensions. To this end, you will explore various synthetic pathways towards new layered bulk and nano materials, determine their structure by X-ray diffraction, and study their physical and catalytic properties. Catalytic properties will be studied in close collaboration with researchers from the Applied Chemistry division. The objective is to develop novel structural motifs that can enhance the conversion of renewable energy into valuable base chemicals, such as hydrogen from water electrolysis or the reduction of CO2 to methanol.

Major responsibilities

  • Synthesis of solid materials in a chemical laboratory
  • Characterization of material properties, with a focus on techniques like powder X-ray diffraction including Rietveld refinement and scanning electron microscopy including EDX
  • Proposing and executing experiments at large scientific facilities such as MAX-IV, DESY, ILL etc.
  • Review of current literature
  • Communication of research results through scientific publications, public presentations, and internal memos
  • Collaborating effectively within the department and outside institutions
  • Conducting independent and self-motivated research activities


  • Masters degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related fields
  • Experience in solid state chemistry
  • Strong laboratory skills
  • Experience with X-ray diffraction
  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently in an organized manner
  • Solid teamwork and communication skills
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Experience in wet chemistry/chimie douche approaches for the modification of solids.

We offer
This position is full-time and has a duration of four years.

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, wise-materials.org ). WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science. All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School (https://wisematerials.org/research/graduate-school/ ), an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees. Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230700 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

  • CV
  • Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-2 pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

  • Copies of most recently written report, e.g. bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2024-01-08

For questions, please contact:
Daniel Weber, daniel.weber@chalmers.se

Due to Swedish data protection regulations, applications by e-mail cannot be considered.

*** 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 six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, 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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