Information about the Research Project

The aim of your research project will be to develop a continuous flow synthesis process for the preparation of nanoparticles for plasmonic sensing applications. Together with the other postdocs and students active in the project you will compound the plasmonic nanoparticles with suitable polymer resins, using both solvent and melt processing techniques. Optical characterisation of the resulting hybrid materials will allow you to confirm the suitability for plasmonic sensing applications. You will then use the developed compounds to explore extrusion and other polymer processing techniques.

We envisage that your project will both have a significant scientific impact with regard to the physical chemistry of nanoparticle-polymer hybrids, as well as plasmonic sensing.

Information about the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
The 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 Group
The Moth-Poulsen Reseach Group focuses on molecules and nanomaterials for applications in solar eenrgy storage, plasmonic sensing, and molecular electronics. The majority of the work is related to synthesis and charactarisation of new molecules and nanoparticles. The group also uses modern synthesistools such as microwave chemsitry, photochemistry, flow chemistry as nanofabrication and high resolution electron microscopy techniques. The group currently consists of 1 professor, 3 postdocs and 9 PhD students .group homepage

The Müller Research Group focuses on the physical chemistry and materials science of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for energy technologies ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables. All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, the Müller Research Group consists of 1 Professor, 4 Postdocs, 7 PhD students and several Master students.üller.aspx

Examples of related work from our team can be found here:
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, 4156-4162, 2017, Anal. Chem. 2017, 89, 2575-2582, Langmuir 30 (11), 3041-3050, 2014. Nature Materials, 2015, 14, 1236–1244.

Major responsibilities
Execution of High Quality research in the field on flow synthesis and nanoplasmonic sensing. 

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. 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 employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 1+1 years full-time research. 

The successful candidate will have a Masters or PhD degree in Chemistry, Physcial Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a focus on flow synthesis of nanoparticles or polymers. Previous experience within the field of plasmonics is preferred.

Previous exposure to materials characterisation tools such as thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), X-ray diffraction (WAXS, SAXS), optical microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM, rheology, DMA, tensile testing as well as electrical and/or thermal conductivity measurement techniques is a merit. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required.

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 20170654 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: 12 Februari, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering;; +46 31 772 2790
Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering;; +46 761996855

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