Postdoctoral position in Understanding Catalyst Ignition and Extinction at the Fundamental Level

Ref: REF 2017-0210


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.

Information about the research/the project/the division
The department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers having around 300 employees organised under four administrative divisions: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Applied Chemistry, Energy and Materials and Chemical Engineering. It is situated at campus Johanneberg in the central of Gothenburg. Guided by our vision "Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world", we are highly committed to frontline research and teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. We are active both in fundamental sciences and applied research driven by industrial and societal needs.

The division of Applied Chemistry is active within Biopolymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Polymer Technology and Applied Surface Chemistry. The latter hosts a variety of projects devoted to bio-inspired materials, new catalytic materials and ionic based electrolytes to mention a few. Several skills, theoretical as well as experimental, are gathered through young and engaged research leaders in a friendly environment.

Applied Surface Chemistry is also highly enganed in the national interdisciplinary research center Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK) established in 1995. KCK is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers and the member companies; AB Volvo, ECAPS AB, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Scania CV AB and Volvo Car Corporation AB. The activity at KCK is focused on three main areas of research namely i) catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) under lean conditions, ii) catalytic oxidation at low temperatures and iii) catalytic techniques for sustainable energy systems. The activity at KCK is closely integrated with the four research groups at Chalmers; Chemical Physics, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Applied Surface Chemistry and Chemical Reaction Engineering at the Departments of Applied Physics, and Chemical and Biological Engineering. KCK comprises 15 senior researchers, and 25 PhD students and postdocs with equal distribution between male and females.

The postdoc position is part of a twin-postdoc project entitled "Understanding Catalyst Ignition/Extinction at the Fundamental Level" which is shared between the division of Applied Chemistry and division of Chemical Physics. It is granted by the Chalmers Area of Advance Transport. The postdoc position concerns development of operando infrared (IR) spectroscopy with high time resolution for probing of surface chemistry and morphology of reactive supported nanoparticles. The main activity is to develop an experimental methodology for this purpose and use this to understand catalytic processes during ignition and extinction. A major scientific challenge is to experimentally advance the time-resolution for operando measurements towards the instrumental limit of 2.5 ns. The methodology will pave the way for attaining critical information that will support a knowledge-based design of chemical technologies based on supported nanoparticles.

Major responsibilities
The postdoc position is devoted to research with focus on developing step-scan IR spectroscopy for studies on supported nanoparticle systems. It includes, e.g., design and synthesis of supported nanoparticle model systems, development of necessary reaction cells, design and implementation of electronics allowing for step-scan IR spectroscopy and development of tools for reliable spectroscopic analysis. The catalytic model systems to be chosen may depend on the applicants background and interests. The work involves collaboration with researchers in the field as well as technicians and workshop experts.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. 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).

It is mandatory that all moments for the PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or similar is fulfilled before 2017-06-15. Meritious skills: Experience in time-resolved infrared spectroscpy and instrumental development; Experince in electronics control, signal processing and related computer programming; Quality-conscious with an innovative way of thinking. Also the project involves international colaborations and thus fluent english is required.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than three years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170195 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, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

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

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

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: May 11, 2017

For questions, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Per-Anders Carlsson, Applied Chemistry, email: per-anders.carlsson@chalmers.se, +46 31-772 2924
Assoc. Prof. Anders Hellman Chemical Physics, email: anders.hellman@chalmers.se, +46 31-772 5611

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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!

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