Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers where research ranges from fundamentals to a level close to application in industry and society. The fields of interest extend 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 central topics and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

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

Information about the division/research
The Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Chalmers University of Technology has approximately 70 employees. It offers a dynamical working environment with a high percentage of young researchers pursuing their doctoral training as well as several well-established scientists in different branches of chemistry. The research questions dealt with at the division ranges from advancing solar energy conversion to understanding nerve signals and learning. A diverse set of methodologies and techniques, such as chemical synthesis, electronic spectroscopy and imaging mass spectrometry, are used to answer these questions. The division aims to provide excellent research and teaching as well as an outstanding doctoral training. 

The underlying questions asked in this project are multidisciplinary and fundamental in nature, and lie at the intersection between chemistry, materials and planetary science: what are the environmental limits to prebiotically relevant chemistry? What is the structure of some simple, yet controversial, polymers? How did the first polypeptides form? One focus will be Saturn’s moon Titan, a unique natural laboratory in part reminiscent to the early Earth. The aim is to use quantum mechanical calculations and collaborate with experimentalists and planetary scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to shed light on these questions. 

The details of the departmental research activities may be found at: /Pages/researchstart.aspx

Details of the group's research activities can be found at:

Major responsibilities
Perform calculations on molecular and periodic systems using density functional theory and ab initio methods. Specific objectives include (1) Seek evidence for the structure, function and formation mechanisms of prebiotically relevant polymers from simple building blocks; (2) Develop collaborations with experimentalists and planetary scientists and compare computational predictions with laboratory measurements and observations of Saturn’s moon Titan; (3) Actively collaborate with other group members that develop procedures for computational materials design. 

Your major responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research orally and in writing in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. 

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field such as theoretical chemistry, physical chemistry, physics or equivalent. Basic knowledge of quantum chemistry or condensed matter physics from an undergraduate education is a requirement. The successful candidate must have good communications skills, both oral and written, in English. If Swedish is not your native language then you are expected to attend basic courses in Swedish offered by Chalmers during your doctoral training. To be successful, you have to be highly motivated and creative, have a problem solving ability, and enjoy working both by yourself as in close cooperation with others. A curious mindset and a passion for basic science is a prerequisite. 

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 20170233 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

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) 

• 1-3 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:

• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

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

Application deadline: 15 June

For questions, please contact:
Martin Rahm, Assistant professor, mail:  

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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!