Chalmers University of Technology, with approximately 300 employees. Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our central topics, manifested in our vision “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”. The research ranges from fundamental science  to close-to-application in industry as well as society. The department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Information about the division

The Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry, one of four research divisions at K, has approximately 60 employees. It offers a dynamic work environment with a high percentage of young researchers pursuing their doctoral training as well as several well-established scientists in different branches of the basic chemistry disciplines. The research at the division ranges from advancing solar energy conversion to understanding nerve signals and learning. A diverse set of methodologies and techniques, such as chemical synthesis, electronic spectroscopy and mass spectrometry imaging, are used to answer these questions. The division aims to provide excellent research and teaching as well as an outstanding doctoral training.

Information about the research/the project

The research group of Bo Albinsson has a long-standing interest in researching and understanding the principles that govern the development of novel solar energy technologies. This PhD project is related to an ongoing program on photon up- and down conversion, which is performed within a collaboration between 5 research groups at Chalmers, with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency. The position is placed in the research group of Bo Albinsson, Professor of Physical Chemistry, at the division of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The project will be realized in close collaboration with the group of Associate Professor Maria Abrahamsson who will act as the co-supervisor. Within the division various aspects of Physical Chemistry is studied ranging from biophysical chemistry to nanochemistry and the environment encompasses some 20 graduate students creating a creative and friendly atmosphere. As a PhD student at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, you are expected to take part in teaching general and physical chemistry classes.

Major responsibilities
The project is focused on the investigation of molecular systems capable of up- or down conversion of light, that, upon incorporation into solar energy technologies can increase the conversion efficiency. Molecular systems, sometimes integrated with nanoparticles (quantum dots), are synthesized within the framework of a cross-disciplinary collaboration and will be studied with a range of spectroscopic techniques. In particular, pulsed laser based ultra-fast femtosecond transient absorption and emission techniques will be used and developed within the project.  

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

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

We are looking for a newly graduated MSc in Chemistry, Physics or equivalent who wants to embark on a challenging and rewarding research journey ending with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. The successful candidate should be a highly motivated, quality conscious individual with a MSc degree (or equivalent) in fields related to chemistry or physics, preferably with experience in optical spectroscopy and/or laser techniques. You should find it motivating working both alone and in close collaboration with others. As Chalmers is an highly international enviroment you must have excellent english skills, both oraly and written. 

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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 20180052 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 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:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. 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: 20 March, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Bo Albinsson, Chemistry and biochemistry,, +46 -(0)31 - 772 3044

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

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!