18. April 2017 - Stockholm University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
18. April 2017 - Stockholm University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Stockholm University

Lund, Sweden


We are looking for a postdoc who can carry out research with neutron diffraction and SANS of nanomaterials with technical applications as biomaterials, battery components and potentially magnetic materials.

The project is a collaboration between Stockholm University, Uppsala University and the European Spallation Source (ESS) and has as a long-term plan to expand the neutron diffractometer DREAM at the ESS in Lund to study nanomaterials. Within the project, we will design different sample environments to enable the simultaneous acquisition of data in two length scales (atomic and nanoscopic). This will be used to study three different materials classes that have a strong research tradition in Sweden: biomaterials, batteries, and magnetic materials. In this way, the connection between the variations in the crystal structure and nanoparticle morphology can be established. Some examples of the possible studies include the self-assembly of small cellulose fibres, how the structure of batteries changes during usage, or how magnetic nanoparticles assemble under an applied magnetic field. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Description of Institution

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University is one of the largest with about 150 persons working with the synthesis and structural characterisation of materials.

Job description

Main responsibilities
The postdoctoral fellow will work together with a team that will focus in studying different types of nanomaterials with neutron scattering at the atomic (diffraction) and nanoscopic (small angle neutron scattering, SANS) levels. The work implies comprehensive experiments with neutron scattering in neutron facilities around the world with the focus on the multiple length scale approach. The work also includes the design, development, and testing of different sample environments for the in-situ characterisation of two different types of nanomaterials such as nanocellulose and iron oxide nanoparticles.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

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Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. The applicant should have a doctoral degree in chemistry or physics with a strong focus on condensed matter or similar qualifications.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, such as sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process special attention will be given to research skills. Documented experience of neutron scattering is required. Experience in X-ray scattering in general and total scattering in particular is advantageous.

How to Apply

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • why and how you wish to complete the project
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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