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 project
We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to join our research group at Chalmers.

A number of projects that are ongoing in our group deal with composites of nanocellulose materials (CNC, CNF or MFC) and polymers ranging from polyethylenes to polythiophenes. In each case both the nanocellulose as well as the polymer must form a continuous network. The cellulose network typically has a reinforcing function that enhances the mechanical properties of the polymer matrix. The polymer matrix, instead, must be continuous to ensure melt flow, and hence enable reshaping and recycling. Further, in case of conjugated polymers such as polythiophenes, a continuous network is essential to facilitate the transport of electric charges, which renders the composite electrically conducting. Preparation of these different types of materials typically involves a solution step, and your focus will be to develop our understanding with regard to network formation in cellulose/polymer solutions and gels. Further, your role will be to support our PhD students, who work with these different types of materials, with your expertise in cellulose chemistry and gel rheology. Moreover, we expect you to develop your own ideas regarding the preparation, characterisation and use of co-continuous cellulose/polymer gels.

Information about the Research Group
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, 1 Research Staff, 3 Postdocs, 7 PhD students and several Master students.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with other departments at Chalmers, collaborating groups at other universities, as well as industrial partners. 

Major responsibilities
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with other postdocs and students in our group, as well as collaborating groups. In addition, you are expected to support and mentor the PhD students in our group that work on related topics. As a Postdoc you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing.

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 two years (1+1).

The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a focus on polymer science and cellulose materials. Previous experience with the chemistry and rheology of cellulose or polymer solutions and gels is a merit. 

Further, practical experience with the modification and processing of cellulose materials 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 and tensile testing 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.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190393 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.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 16th of August 2019

Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Therefore, please submit your application prior to the application deadline.

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

*** 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!