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
We are looking for a talented and motivated PhD student willing to contribute to a project focused on the synthesis of new nanoporous silica structures. The PhD student will work in the division of Applied Chemistry, which belongs to the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Its subdivision Applied Surface Chemistry hosts a variety of projects ranging from bio-inspired materials for medical applications, new catalytic materials for fuel cells, polymer based selective nano channels, ionic based electrolytes and cellulose processing. This very friendly environment provides a number of different theoretical skills and experimental expertise as well as it gathers many young and engaged research leaders.   

Major responsibilities
The PhD is expected to actively drive forward a project focused on the synthesis of new nanoporous silica based structures using different types of ionic liquids. Different routes will be investigated and evaluated, such as the ionothermal and the sol-gel approach. This project is mainly experimental and based on the use of diverse advanced techniques. The student must therefore be able to tackle a diversity of methods and models. Along with performing experiments and analysing data, the candidate will also be responsible for communicating clearly and regularly the progress of the work, contributing to relevant national and international conferences, and writing high-quality scientific papers. This will be done under the main supervision of Associate Professor Anna Martinelli. The student will also have to follow and pass courses as part of the education, and also serve at the department level in teaching duties. It is important to recognize that this position gives merits for future research activities within the academia or in the industrial/public sector. This is a full-time temporary employment, and the position is limited to a maximum of four years and three months.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and 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.

The PhD candidate is required to hold a MSc degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or another relevant discipline. The successful candidate is truly interested in hard laboratory work, is not afraid to face new challenges, is personally mature, and is strongly self-propelled. Due to the international working environment, an excellent mastering of the English language, both written and oral, is expected.

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 20170250 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: 2017-06-12.

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Anna Martinelli,