The department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology is recruting a doctoral student in the field of 2D materials and its composites, to execute projects concerning graphene and related materials. We are looking for a a highly motivated and independent candidate, with strong passion and good knowledge of chemistry, metals, or materials science. Being part of this collaborative project, you will be involved in a multidisciplinary chemical environment and working with international researchers.  

Project description
This position is funded by EU projects (FLAG-ERA and Spearhead), with the following aims:
- Design and synthesis of novel molecules and polymers;
- Preparation of functionalized graphene/polymer composites for pressure sensor;
- Coating functionalized graphene on metals;
- In-depth structural characterization by advanced optical and electron microscopies;
- Mechanical property study of the 3D composite materials (i.e. strength, stiffness, and toughness).

FLAG-ERA is an ERA-NET (European Research Area Network) initiative that aims to create synergies between new research projects and the Graphene Flagship and Human Brain Project. The position aims at integrating functionalized graphene related 2D materials with polymer for pressure sensor. Besides integrating functionalized graphene with polymer, the functionalized graphene/metals composites will also be prepared and investigated. This research work emphasizes the international collaborations between several universities/institutes and companies in Europe. The main research activities will be conducted at Division of Materials and Manufacture with close collaboration with the researchers from Swedish companies. You will be part in different project groups and the work has an experimental focus.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as a PhD student is to pursue your doctoral studies within the framework of the outlined research project. The focus of your work will be mainly the preparation of graphene/polymer and graphene/metal composites for various applications. You are expected to develop your own idea and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form in English. In addition, the position may include 20% departmental work, mostly in form of teaching duties.

Information about the department and the division
The main competencies at the department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

The division of Materials and Manufacture is a part of the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. The division covers the entire value chain from materials design, processing and characterisation to machining of primarily metals. We employ a range of technologies – powder metallurgy, electroplating, additive manufacturing and material removal – and a range of advanced characterisation techniques. Our work is interdisciplinary by nature and is addressing topics that have a direct impact on sustainability. The division is collaborating closely with other universities and research institutes and is implementing industry-academia partnerships through collaborative projects and strategic initiatives such as the National Competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) and the Chalmers Centre for Metal Cutting Research (MCR)

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

Your qualifications
Mandatory experience and skills:
- A master's degree level background corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in one of the following fields: materials science, polymer chemistry, metallic material engineering, or related disciplines.
- Good reading and writing skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.
- Basic knowledge about Graphene, polymer, or metals.
- Ability to prepare technical reports.

The following qualifications will be meritorious:

- Working experience in chemistry labs.
- Experience in preparation of graphene/polymer or graphene/metal composites.
- Ability to communicate in Swedish.

All the skills mentioned above have to be clearly indicated in the application and confirmed, if possible, by supplementary documentation (MSc thesis, journal papers, course certificates, reference letters, etc.)

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Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200449 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
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. 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: 22 November, 2020

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Jinhua Sun,  +46 76960995

Professor Vincenzo Palermo  +46 31 7726726

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