Uppsala University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Full-time temporary position for 5 months starting 2023-02-01 or as agreed upon

The Department of Solid State Physics is part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ångström Laboratory. The research is related to energy and environmental issues as well as to life science applications in our various research areas. Preferably, we investigate the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials and thin films that can be utilized in applications as smart windows, solar cells, gas sensors, spin electronics and catalytic and photocatalytic coatings to create new applications in green energy technology. Magnetic materials for green energy technology are another important research field within the division.

Project description
The focus of the project is magnetocaloric materials that can be used for magnetic cooling. Here, mainly materials with coupled phase transitions will be studied, materials that exhibit both a magnetic phase transition and a structural or elastic phase transition. If both phase transitions occur within a narrow temperature range, the materials exhibit a so-called giant magnetocaloric effect, which means more effective magnetic cooling. One focus of the project is to investigate possibilities for 3D printing of materials with coupled phase transitions. Another focus concerns an experimental equipment for direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect, which means studying the adiabatic temperature change caused by subjecting the material to a rapid change of magnetic field. The work in the project offers an opportunity for scientific collaborations with world-leading groups in both basic science and applied research in magnetic materials.

Work duties
The work will focus on 3D printing magnetic materials with coupled phase transitions, implying close collaboration with researchers at the department of Chemistry-Ångström and the department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. An important duty in the project is construction of an equipment that can be used for direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect, which means direct measurement of the adiabatic temperature change induced by a rapid magnetic field change.

Qualification requirements
For employment as researcher, you must have a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree.

For this position, a PhD in materials science or physics is required. We require good knowledge and documented experience in studies of magnetocaloric materials with coupled phase transitions as well as construction and LabVIEW programming of experimental equipment for direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect.

We require good knowledge of English, both oral and in writing.

Additional qualifications
Experience of using synthesis methods like arc-melting and induction melting will be considered as a merit.

We require the ability to work focused, structured and with foresight, both individually and in groups, and to be able to collaborate in a transdisciplinary environment with colleagues both inside and outside the department.

Instructions for application
Your application must contain:

  • An introductory letter describing you, your understanding of the task, and motivating why you are appropriate for this position. (Max 2 pages)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Copy of your PhD exam
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of your three most relevant publications or manuscripts
  • Names and contact details (address, e-mail address and telephone number) of at least two reference persons.

The application can be written in English or Swedish. 

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position, 5 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1st of February 2023 or as agreed upon.  Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position please contact: Prof Peter Svedlindh (peter.svedlindh@angstrom.uu.se) 

Information about the Solid State Physics Division is available at: https://materialvetenskap.uu.se/research/solid-state-physics+/

Please submit your application no later than January 25, 2023, UFV-PA 2023/41.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-02-01 eller enl överenskommelse
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/41
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 09.Jan.2023
Last application date 25.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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