Postdoctoral position in Interfacial Electrochemistry

Stockholm (SE)
13 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral position in Interfacial Electrochemistry

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description
The position initiates a joint venture by the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, both belonging to the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. The two departments have many research activities that are interdisciplinary across the borders to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine, and host international master programs. The purpose of the joint position is to strengthen the connection between basic and applied scientific activities and to align them towards better fundamental understanding of electrochemical energy devices. Those devices include batteries, fuel cells, and innovative solar cells that jointly form the backbone of a future sustainable energy system.

Irrespective of the device, the mode of operation is electrochemical transport of charges, either electrons or ions, across interfaces, often between liquids and solids. Under realistic circumstances, those interfaces are not simple or sharp but attain a unique and operation-dependent state. The involved liquids are typically aprotic solvents. At this stage, we specifically seek a postdoctoral researcher for a project interconnected by overlapping research questions.

The project concerns Aprotic Electrolytes: Coordination and Transport Properties. The solvents involved are relatively recent additions to the field of electrochemical energy devices and exemplified by molecules such as diglyme and tetraglyme (that is, either diethylene or tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether). These solvents have potential advantages over conventional organic carbonate-type liquids, but also exhibit highly nontrivial ion coordination and ion transport characteristics. The project is about correlating electrochemical behavior with state-of-the-art spectroscopic investigations and thereby provides a molecular explanation to macroscopic transport features.

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a larger collaborative team involving senior researchers, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows. While being members of a collective effort, the fellow will work independently on her/his respective projects.

What we offer
International workplace.
A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
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Applicants must have a PhD degree (or have that completed by the start of employment) in a subject relevant for the research, such as chemistry or chemical engineering (or an adjacent topic like physics, but with a PhD project connected to the project areas described above). The degree must have been completed no more than three years before the last application date.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who can contribute with own ideas and who can work both independently and in a group. Emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

The successful applicant will have documented examples of both independent and collaborative research.

The successful applicant will have documented examples of effective and concise English-language communication skills.

The successful applicant will thrive in a diverse working environment.

An analytical mind and a solid academic track record as demonstrated by a very good publication performance are considered as important merits.

Preferred qualifications

In general, good laboratory/instrumental skills
Good communication skills in English
The ability to maintain an orderly work environment.
Experience with coordination chemistry and laser-based spectroscopies is a merit.
Research expertise and educational ability
Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

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The application must include:

CV including education and relevant academic/work experience and publication list.
PhD diploma supplemented with graduation transcripts from master studies. Translation to English if the original documents are written in a language other than Swedish or English.
Personal letter containing a description of past experiences in the scientific field and a motivation why you are interested in this position, max 2 pages.
Contact information for two references
Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment
This is a full-time position of one year with the possibility of extension for another year. The start date is open for discussion, but we would like to see the project start as soon as possible.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

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