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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 project

The postdoc stipend is part of a research program aiming at the development of smart self-assembly materials. The aim for this recruitment is to synthesize and characterize composite fibers for activation of small molecules such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Activation of small molecules is an important task as they could lead to applications within areas such as hydrogen storage and artificial photosynthesis. The research focus will be on the synthesis of organic molecules that are capable of self-assembly into fibers or gels and applications of these molecules for the above mentioned aim.

The candidate will be working within the Division of Organic chemistry which is a part of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical engineering at Chalmers University of technology. The department has all the necessary synthetic equipment and analytical tools to carry out the intended program. In addition, Chalmers has two research facilities, Chalmers materials analysis laboratory and (CMAL) and Chalmers mass spectrometry infrastructure (CMSI) that have state of the art collection of instrumentation and technical support that can assist the project.     

Major responsibilities
The main focus of the project is organic synthesis of small molecules, and their characterization by e.g. NMR but simpler rheological characterization will also be part of the project. The fibers will be analyzed with electron microscopes and other suitable analytical techniques. This gives an excellent opportunity for the candidate to both develop their synthetic skills and learn new techniques and procedures.     

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

We are looking for a PhD with extensive experience in organic synthesis. The position is highly synthesis oriented and experience with inert techniques such as Schlenk line and/or glovebox are going to be important as some of the reactions involves handling of sensitive reagents. Additional selection criteria include experience from, working with frustrated Lewis pairs or supramolecular chemistry. The successful candidate should be a highly motivated, quality conscious individual with a PhD in fields related to synthetic organic chemistry. You should find it motivating working both alone as in close collaboration with others. As Chalmers is a highly international environment, proficiency in written and spoken English is necessary. As this is a stipend position the PhD exam cannot be older than 2 years due to tax reasons.    

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190412 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)
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: 8 September 2019

For questions, please contact:
Henrik Sundén,

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