Uppsala universitet, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials (NFM) is part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ångström Laboratory. Researchers at NFM have extensive experience in research into organic energy storage, additive manufacturing, biocompatibility and nanosafety as well as development of functional porous materials for different application areas, such as drug delivery, gas separation, water purification and catalysis.

Project description: The Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials has several years of experience from developing organic electrode materials for energy storage. During the past three years there have been significant advances made in collaboration with industrial partners for batteries composed of cellulose and conducting polymers. Additionally, there has been progress within reactions involving molecules from the residues from the paper industry.

We intend to start a new project in the field of green chemistry for production of monomers from renewable materials. These monomers form the basis for highly attractive conducting polymers, which have several commercial applications in the field of energy storage.

Today the production of the monomers relies on crude oil sources, but a shift towards processes utilizing abundant and renewable material is coveted.

Work duties: The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

The work tasks in the research project of this PhD position involve developing flow processes for production of small molecules from biomass and will include organic synthesis and characterisation of small molecules, as well as operation and handling of flow equipment.

Qualification requirements: MSc in chemical engineering, organic chemistry, or corresponding degree within related research field. Knowledge and skills in organic synthesis are meriting.

We require very good oral and written profiency in English.

Personal qualities, such as the ability to manage and run scientific projects and to simultaneously interact with other researchers are very important. The applicant needs to be determined, structured and able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  •  has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in  the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, §§ 1-7, and in Uppsala  University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/.

Instructions for application:

Your application should include the following:

1) A brief personal letter where you briefly describe yourself, why you want to become a PhD student and why you are suitable for the position

2) A CV/résume (max 2 pages)

3) Certified copies of your Master’s degree and course grades

4) Copies (or drafts thereof) of thesis work and other documents, such as publications, which you wish to invoke.

5) Name and contact information to two persons who have agreed to act as references for you, alternatively, letter(s) of recommendation. Your relationship to each of the references should be stated.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: Spring 2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Dr Jonas Lindh, jonas.lindh@angstrom.uu.se

Please submit your application by 30 april 2020, UFV-PA 2020/932.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/932
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 25.Mar.2020
Last application date 30.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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