[Neutron] Postdoctoral position in neutron scattering on energy related oxides

Maths Karlsson maths.karlsson at chalmers.se
Wed Sep 19 11:43:25 CEST 2012

Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in in- and quasi-elastic neutron scattering on energy related oxides

Information about the division
The postdoc will be part of the newly created, rapidly expanding, Functional Oxides group, which is a subunit of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Applied Physics of Chalmers. The research within the Functional Oxides group is focused towards exploring the fundamentals of local structure and dynamics in functional, energy related, oxides. A unifying theme of our research is to understand how the local structure and dynamical aspects impact on the functional properties of the materials, whether they be proton conducting, luminescent, or magnetic, for example.

Job description
We are seeking outstanding candidates who will contribute to the investigation of dynamical excitations in functional oxides. A particular emphasis in this postdoc position is put on either (i) light-emitting phosphors, which find applications in solid-state white lighting, or (ii) proton conducting oxides, which find applications as electrolytes in fuel cells, for example. The aim is to develop an atomic-scale understanding of local structure and dynamical excitations, such as lattice dynamics and proton diffusion, which is crucial for the development of strategies for developing next-generation materials. The primary tools to this end involve the use of use of in- and quasi-elastic neutron scattering methods, available at international large-scale facilities, and Raman and infrared spectroscopy, available at Chalmers. Part of the responsibilities as a postdoc is to take part in the supervision of PhD and Master thesis students. The employment is limited to a maximum of 2 years.

Candidates must have a PhD in Physics or Materials Science, strong work ethic, collaboration and communication (oral and written) skills, excellent analytical capability, and a proven publication record with publications in major international journals. Experience in in- and/or quasi-elastic neutron scattering, or phosphor materials, is a must. Expertise in Raman spectroscopy and/or DFT or lattice dynamics calculations is considered to be a merit. 

Application procedure 
Applications are to be submitted electronically through Chalmers' web page (www.chalmers.se), which also contains more information about the position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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