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 division/the research/the project
The Division of Applied Chemistry comprises about 90 researchers, including PhD students, who work on surface chemistry, polymers and catalysis. There are four sub-units: Polymer Technology, Biopolymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology and Applied Surface Chemistry. The position announced is placed in the Applied Surface Chemistry group.

The research carried out at Applied Surface Chemistry focuses on energy, materials design, nanotechnology and catalysis. In recent years, activities related to exploit colloids/polymer interactions, in collaboration with industry, have gained momentum with a focus on materials derived from renewable resources, and on the development of environmentally friendly technology.

The research that will be carried out in this project aims at developing formulations for controlling surface properties of textiles, such as dirt repellency or wetting. To this end, inorganic particles will be formulated with polymers and studied from a colloidal perspective. Aggregation behavior will be investigated and rationalized in terms of performances of the treated material. Various techniques of applications of the formulations will also be investigated.

This project will be run in close collaboration with industrial partners from the chemical and textile sectors. 

Major responsibilities
The main aim of this postdoctoral project is to ensure the development of formulaiton to be applied on textile by various methods to modify the surface properties of textile (wetting, adhesion, etc.). As a post-doc, you will be in charge of the experimental development of formulations and of the evaluation of their performance on model and real systems. In this activity, you are expected to interact with the industrial partners to maximize the implementation of the findings. You are also expected to enable proper dissimination of your findings within the scientific community.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes 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 duration is 12 months with possibility of 6 months extension. 

To qualify for this position you must hold a PhD degree in surface and colloid chemistry, physical chemistry or soft matter physics. A PhD in materials science with emphasis on surface and colloid chemistry is also conceivable. In addition, a general knowledge of the techniques related to textile characterization constitutes a strong asset. To be successfull you have to be highly motivated, have a problem solving ability and enjoy working both by yourself as in close cooperation with others. Skills in oral and written English are mandatory.

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 20180011 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: 15 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Romain Bordes, ,+46 31 772 29 76

*** 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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