Department of Physics and Astronomy

PhD student in Physics of energy materials, batteries and their interfaces

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over ten divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 125 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities.

The division of X-ray Photon Science is world-leading in the use of advanced spectroscopy methods. This puts us in the forefront in atomic-level studies of atoms, molecules and condensed matter. This division includes the research programme Condensed Matter Physics of Energy Materials, with a special focus on studies and development of materials, surfaces and interfaces of interest for different energy applications, and therefore also the development of a sustainable society. We are a diverse and collaborating research group that shares the same general goal of unraveling and controlling the mechanisms that take place in complex systems related to photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, and catalysis. The doctoral position is placed at the research program Condensed Matter Physics of Energy Materials and the project involves collaborations with specialists in batteries.

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The successful candidate for this PhD student position will have opportunity to use and develop methods for studies of interfaces in batteries. Main focus is to connect electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with photoelectron spectroscopy to gain more in depth understanding of the functionality of the interfaces and materials in batteries. Also, complementary techniques will be used to deepen the understanding of the battery materials. A large part of the experimental data is expected to origin from beam times at synchrotron facility MAX IV in Lund, Sweden, but also at other international labs. The candidate will be part of a collaborative research group that shares the same general goal of unraveling the functionality of materials and interfaces in batteries. The candidate will have a strong connection to the Ångström Advanced Battery Center and also some connections to industry in Sweden. Specifically, the work includes:

  • to connect electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with photoelectron spectroscopy for a deeper understanding of the functionality of interfaces and materials in batteries,
  • conduct complementary experiments for more in depth understanding of battery functionality,
  • present scientific results at conferences and workshops,
  • to write scientific reports and papers and lead some of the experimental activities.

To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification* in physics, physical chemistry, materials chemistry or material science (or related subject)
  • have 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 essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • have very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Additional qualifications
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, as well as the applicant's experience and potential within the area of the future duties.

* Please note that it is possible to apply for this position before completing the degree as described above. The degree must be completed before employment begins.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Maria Hahlin +46 730925100, or

Please submit your application by 12 June 2023, UFV-PA 2023/1917

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-09-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/1917
Union representative
  • ST/TCO,
  • Seko Universitetsklubben,
  • Saco-rådet,
Published 12.May.2023
Last application date 12.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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