18. May 2017 - Chalmers University of Technology
PhD student position in Neutron Scattering for Understanding Thermal Transport in Thermoelectrics
PhD student position in Neutron Scattering for Understanding Thermal Transport in Thermoelectrics
18. May 2017 - Chalmers University of Technology
PhD student position in Neutron Scattering for Understanding Thermal Transport in Thermoelectrics
PhD student position in Neutron Scattering for Understanding Thermal Transport in Thermoelectrics
Chalmers University of Technology

Gothenburg, Sweden

Description of Institution

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department of 12 at Chalmers with approximately 320 employees, divided into four research divisions. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg and perform research ranging from fundamental and applied chemistry to chemical engineering of industrial plants. We conduct teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

We tackle global challenges in the areas of health, energy, sustainability and transport by developing new knowledge and enabling technologies in the areas of nano- and materials science and chemical production methods. Our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

Job description

This PhD student position is part of SwedNess (www.SwedNess.se), the Swedish national graduate school for neutron scattering where Chalmers University is one of the responsible academic institutions. The school is fully funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and aims to educate a new generation of highly skilled neutron experts. Each PhD student is fully funded from the start, including salary and a sufficient running budget. The latter will give the student possibilities to travel to external experiments and to visit international facilities, institutions and conferences.

The scientific goals of this project are to develop the fundamental understanding of thermal conductivity in solid state materials and to use this knowledge for the development of new technologically important materials for thermoelectric conversion. We will combine competence in advanced materials synthesis and sintering techniques, detailed physical property measurements, and neutron scattering techniques to study model systems and state-of-the-art materials.

Major responsibilities
The PhD student will work with design, synthesis and characterisation of advanced inorganic thermoelectric materials. The materials will be studied to develop a fundamental understanding of synthesis-structure-property relations of interest to applications for direct conversion of waste heat to electricity.

Key parts of the work will be

  • Synthesis of thermoelectric materials
  • Structural characterisation of materials
  • Measurement of thermoelectric properties
  • Neutron scattering studies of phonon distributions and life times

The position is limited to maximum 4 years full-time research studies. In addition, duties at the department, mainly teaching in the undergraduate or masters courses, distributed over the whole time of the position is included, typically in a total of 3-6 months.

Position summary
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results in English, both orally as well as in writing. In addition, the position will normally include 5% departmental work, mostly teaching duties. Undergraduates are normally taught in Swedish, although the graduate level teaching is in English. Applicants whose native language is not Swedish are supported to learn Swedish to be able to teach in Swedish after two years of employment.

Requested Profile

The successful candidate should have a Master degree in Materials Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Inorganic Chemistry or Applied Physics or an equivalent education, and a strong interest in experimental materials science.
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.

How to Apply

The application should be marked with Ref 20170224 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: 31 May, 2017

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

31. May 2017
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