Information about the research group and the research
The Müller Research Group focuses on the physical chemistry and materials science of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for energy technologies ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables.  All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, the Müller Research Group consists of 1 Professor, 1 Research Staff, 3 Postdocs, 8 PhD students and several Master students.

The goal of your project is to prepare nanocomposites of metal nanoparticles and conjugated polymers that can be used for gas sensing applications. You will collaborate with other groups at Chalmers, specifically the groups of Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen and the  groups of Prof. Christoph Langhammer. You will use nanoparticles synthesised by the Moth-Poulsen group, which you will combine with various polymers. After an in-depth structural, optical and electrical characterisation of your materials, you will explore their use for gas sensing together with the Langhammer group. Further, you will collaborate with the groups of Prof. Paul Erhart and Prof. Anders Hellman on theory related aspects of your project. Your project will be explorative and therefore requires a high degree of initiative.

Major responsibilities
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with other postdocs and students in our group, as well as collaborating groups. In addition, you are expected support and mentor the PhD students in our group that work on related topics. As a Postdoc you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing.

Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to join our research group at Chalmers. You must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a focus on conjugated polymers and/or colloidal materials. Previous experience with nanoparticle composites but also electrochemistry or molecular doping is a merit.

You should be highly proficient with the processing and characterisation of conjugated polymers and/or colloidal materials. Experience with at least some of the following techniques is expected: thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), X-ray diffraction (WAXS, SAXS), optical microscopy, UV-vis and FTIR spectroscopy, AFM, SEM, and TEM. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190580 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, including complete list of publications
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 16th of December - 2019

Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Therefore, please submit your application prior to the application deadline.

For questions, please contact:
Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; 
+46 31 772 2790

Information about the Department
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

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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; Building Futures, 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!