Assistant Professor in Nano: Advancing nanoscience and nanotechnologies

Ref REF 2024-0046

The world requires outstanding technical universities to address the multifaceted global challenges that we face today. Chalmers University of Technology is on an ambitious path to expand the frontiers of science and technology to meet those challenges.

As part of our ambitions, Chalmers seeks curious and creative individuals to join us as tenure-track Assistant Professors. We are looking for candidates with innovative research ideas who seek scientific freedom to pursue their aspirations.

A four-year tenure track position is provided with a generous start-up package, relocation support, mentoring, and leadership training to further your development as research leader and teacher. Through our cross-departmental Areas of Advance, you will have the opportunity to find collaborations and grow networks both within the university and with our industrial and societal partners.

You are invited to apply and share your research vision and plans to achieve your goals. At Chalmers, we are committed to improve diversity in our faculty, and encourage applications from individuals of all genders, backgrounds, and identities.

The applications will be reviewed during March – June, and interviews are planned for August – September 2024. Starting date is flexible but preferably not later than the first half of 2025.

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Advancing nanoscience and nanotechnologies
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology harnesses physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes that occur at nanoscopic scales to, for example, develop better materials, devices and drugs that contribute to a sustainable society and improved human health. It is the vision of the Area of Advance Nano at Chalmers, which is a national strategic research environment, to combine research excellence at the fundamental level with application driven research challenges and engineering advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology to contribute to solving the grand societal challenges of our time and understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Our goal is to further strengthen Chalmers’ position as a leading Swedish university in the nanoscience field and to consolidate our reputation as a premiere “Nano Hub” in Europe. The 2DTech and Graphene Centers, the Competence Center for Catalysis, the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technologies, the industrial research center FoRmulaEx for RNA delivery, and the recently funded Center for Integrated Metaphotonics contribute to this goal. Our active collaboration with established Swedish industry and the Chalmers Ventures startup scene creates research utilization and entrepreneurial opportunities for our researchers, and our diverse teaching activities within numerous master and bachelor programs educate the experts and engineers needed for the practical implementation of the advances made in our field.

To advance cross-disciplinary nanoscience, the Area of Advance Nano funds, coordinates and communicates research on the unique chemical, biological, and physical phenomena that occur at the nanoscale, and fosters the development of technologies that reveal and utilize these phenomena. Our over 70 research leaders are primarily located at the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Physics, Microtechnology & Nanoscience, and Life Sciences, and they are supported by an excellent experimental and computational infrastructure that includes one of Europe’s largest clean room laboratories for advanced nanofabrication, state-of-the-art infrastructures for advanced materials characterization at the nanoscale and for mass spectrometry, as well as the ​Chalmers e-commons gateway to local, national, and international computational resources. Topically, our research efforts pertain to the diverse areas of Energy and Sustainability, Health, Information Technology, Nanomaterials, and Quantum Technologies.

You can read more about our research and research groups on the homepage of the Area of Advance Nano.

Major responsibilities
As an Assistant Professor at Chalmers, you are expected to,

  • Develop and lead an independent line of research on an internationally competitive level
  • Participate in teaching
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Apply for external research funding
  • Contribute to academic citizenship, including departmental and university-wide activities
  • Promote a working environment that is characterized by collaboration and creativity, aligning with our fundamental values of openness, participation, diversity and quality

To qualify for the position, you must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field earned within the 7 years preceding the application deadline*. Exceptions from the 7-year limit can be granted for parental leave, sick leave, or military service.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

Post-doctoral experience or similar, preferably performed in an environment other than where you did your doctoral studies, is meritorious.

*As per the date shown in your doctoral degree certificate. 

Our offer to you
The appointment as Assistant Professor is a four-year, entry-level, faculty position with tenure track, through which you will develop as research leader and teacher. After successful evaluation by the end of the four-year term, you will be offered a permanent faculty position as Associate Professor at Chalmers.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the attractive and dynamic city of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden.

At Chalmers we seek to establish a good work/life balance. We want to provide you with the means to pick the best path possible in your pursuit of making a difference. Our ambitions in this area are reflected in the generous employment conditions, including:

  • holiday allowance of up to 7 weeks per year
  • a collective agreement including parental pay, sick pay supplement, and medicine costs
  • a wellness allowance towards activities promoting good health
  • flexible working conditions

Sweden’s extensive social welfare system means, for example, that you are entitled to 390 days of paid parental leave, and education at all levels is free. Although most of our work is in English, and English is widely spoken throughout Swedish society, developing a good knowledge of Swedish is an advantage in everyday life and in the workplace. For this reason, Chalmers offers courses in the Swedish language.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20240046 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as described below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system for applications does not support Zip files.

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

Up to five pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your motivation to apply for this position
  • Describe your previous research highlights and your research plans
  • Describe how you contribute to a creative and collaborative working environment

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

  • Your CV
  • Include a list of 10 selected publications, with short descriptions about your role in and contribution to each of them.
  • Include names and full contact information of two references that we can contact

Required documents:

  • Certificate or Diploma verifying your doctoral degree
  • Copies of your 10 selected publications, merged into one pdf-file
  • Documents verifying awards and recognitions stated in your CV, leadership or teaching activities, etc, and other documents relevant to support your application
  • If relevant: verification of parental leave, sick leave, or military service

Use the button at the bottom of the page to reach the application form. 
Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-03-15

For questions about the position and the research environment, please contact:

Christoph Langhammer, Area of Advance Nano


Janine Splettstoesser, Area of Advance Nano


For HR-related questions, please contact:


Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences. The university has 3 000 employees and 10 000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture.

With scientific excellence as a basis, through global commitment and entrepreneurship, we foster an innovative spirit, in close collaboration with industry and society. Chalmers was founded in 1829 and our motto is Avancez – forward.

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


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