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Information about the Research Project:
We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to work in the area of single particle catalysis in nanoreactors.

One focus of this project is the operation and further tuning of a unique new experimental setup that we have built, which unites plasmonic nanospectrocopy with mass spectrometry from nanofluidic reactors, to enable beyond-state-of-the-art operando characterization of catalytic processes on individual nanoparticles with well-defined size, shape, microstructure and chemical composition.

A second focus of this project is on integrating the experimental concept of single particle catalysis in nanoreactors with other optical techniques, including IR microscopy and Raman spectroscopy through the design and construction of the corresponding customized research instrumentation.

The project is part of a larger focused effort towards the development of new experimental and theoretical approaches to single particle catalysis. Therefore the successful candidate will be part of a research team overarching three different departments at Chalmers and consisting of more than 10 PhD Students and post docs hosted by 7 different research groups, both experimental and theoretical, all working towards a common goal. Thus you will become part of and operate in a uniquely cross-disciplinary, creative, international and very dynamic environment.

Information about the research group:
The Langhammer group at the Chemical Physics Divison at the Department of Physics operates at the interface between nanomaterials science, nanofluidics, catalysis, nanoplasmonics and in situ spectroscopy, with a particular focus on sustainable energy-related materials, (photo)catalysts, nanosensors and nanoparticles. For that purpose we continuously develop and evolve our own methodologies for state-of-the-art nanofabrication, as well as build our own customized research instrumentation. Now we intensify our efforts towards single particle catalysis.

For more info, please visit our group home page:

And the home page of the Chemical Physics Division that hosts the Langhammer Group:

Major responsibilities
The Postdoc will work with the design, construction, evaluation and operation of new experimental setups that unite single particle plasmonic nanospectrocopy with mass spectrometry from nanofluidic reactors, as well as with IR microscopy and Raman spectroscopy in order to characterize catalytic processes at the individual nanoparticle level.

Key parts of the work will be:

• Design, construction and operation of new ground breaking research instrumentation.
• Single particle plasmonic nanospectroscopy, mass spectrometry, IR microscopy and Raman spectroscopy in combination with nanofluidics.
• Evaluation of model catalytic processes at the single particle level using the developed experimental setups.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. 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 position, limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

To qualify for the position you must have a PhD in Physics/Materials Science with focus on surface science and/or chemical physics or a PhD in Chemistry with focus on catalysis and/or surface science. 

You must have been involved in the design and building of research instrumentation including mass spectrometry and/or IR spectroscopy for the the purpose of studying catalytic processes during your PhD or Post Doc.

Experience with a model-system type of catalysis research, and/or nanoplasmonics and/or nanofluidics are also considered a merit.

Earlier Post doc experience is a merit.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, which involves collaborations within other researchers and research groups within the overarching project, you are expected to have excellent collaboration skills.

You are expected to have excellent social skills and to be a good team player.

The position also requires excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue need to provide documentation of good communication skills in English, typically evidenced by an English language test, for example TOEFL 550 (paper-based)/TOEFL 213 (computer-based), and exemplified during the interview process prior to admission.

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 20170653 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: 22nd January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Christoph Langhammer, Associate Professor, Chemical Physics, Physics,, +46736528980

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 


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