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Information about the research project
The research at the division of Condensed Matter Physics is directed towards a fundamental molecular level understanding of structure and dynamics of different disordered materials in relation to macroscopic function. In particular focus are energy related materials and electrolytes for next generation batteries. By creating novel electrolytes and subsequent rational improvement by physico-chemical characterisation and extensive battery testing we hope to enable electrochemical cells with unprecedented performance. The present Postdoctoral position is funded by a H2020 FET-OPEN project and by a project funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.

Electrolytes are a diverse and highly complex class of materials needed to enhance the performance for a variety of next generation batteries (NGBs) such as Na, K, Ca, and Al-batteries.

By applying several advanced modelling approaches novel concepts, especially salt and solvent combinations to create electrolytes and the solid electrolyte interphase formed in a modern battery can be investigated, and subsequently optimized at the molecular level to improve overall practical performance.

A postdocs with ample PhD experience of modelling at the molecular level, e.g. computational chemistry and DFT, is now needed. The postdocs will use modelling by DFT and especially COSMO-RS softwares to develop new electrolytes within a H2020 project as well as perform more independent and exploratory work for novel electrolyte concepts - incl. aqueous systems. Several NGB technologies will be targeted. Experience of Gaussian, Turbomole and COSMO-RS is an advantage but not a requirement.

Major responsibilities
You will be a part of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics. The major part of your time will be devoted to your research project, where you will be expected to plan and perform computational modelling in large and small collaborative constellations incl. a H2020 FET-OPEN network.

Supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students can be a part of the work. You will also be responsible for some common activities within the division and/or the research group (today ca. 35/12 persons).

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than three years.

You must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent. You should have an interest in modelling at the molecular level and to learn about modern energy storage technologies, and very good communication and collaborative skills.
Excellent oral and written reporting in English to the other members of the projects as well as at international conferences and in scientific journals of high repute is expected. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190373 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
• 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
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
• Two letters of reference

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 31st July, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Patrik Johansson
Condensed Matter Physics

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