Information about Excellence Initiative Nano and the positions
Chalmers' Excellence Initiative coordinates research on the unique chemical and physical phenomena that prevail at very small dimensions and promote the development of technologies that utilise these phenomena. The results obtained are commercialised in several areas, in particular at the interface of nanophysics and nanochemistry. Read more about EI Nano here.

We are looking for two to four highly motivated and skilled graduates among all Nano-interested students. The selected candidates are awarded with one PhD-position each, which they can place at any Nano research group at Chalmers. This is the sixth time of this yearly recurring call.

Most PhD student positions at Chalmers are announced by a specific research group, funded by a specific research project. With an Excellence PhD student position you have your own funding, which of course gives you far more freedom in choosing both research group and research project.

A PhD exam in Nano is the perfect start for your career, whether you aim at academic research at the highest level, advancing technology and business ideas in major companies or spinning off your own idea into a start-up company.

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

The position requires a MSc in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Biotechnology or related fields.

The selection is based on three criteria:
1) Your MSc grade average
2) A two-page written reflection on research, e.g. your current MSc project and/or future plans.
3) An interview with the top candidates.

To be eligible to apply your MSc exam should not be older than June 2020. If you have not graduated at the time of application, the exam should be scheduled no later than September 2021. If you are already accepted in a PhD school you are not eligible to apply.

If you win, you have to start your PhD position before the end of 2021, at the latest. The position can be placed at any research group connected to the EI Nano at Chalmers. You find the full list of PIs on the homepage of the Excellence Initiative Nano at Chalmers under Research and Profiles. The research group has to approve.

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Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200454 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)
• A two-page written reflection on research, e.g. your current MSc project and/or future plans. 

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: 28 February, 2021

For questions, please contact:
Professor Janine Splettstösser, Microtechnology and Nanoscience

Professor Christoph Langhammer, Physics 

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