PhD Position in Inorganic Chemistry for the Development of Multiferroic Materials Based on Prussian Blue Analogues

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry


PhD Position in Inorganic Chemistry for the Development of Multiferroic Materials Based on Prussian Blue Analogues

Published: 2022-12-13

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Multiferroic materials combine magnetic and electric order and find uses in e.g. data storage, yet a considerable problem in this field is the lack of known multiferroics. This project tackles this challenge by aiming to develop new multiferroic materials based on the metal–cyanide coordination polymers known as Prussian blue analogues. While their magnetic properties have been relatively well studied, the prerequisite for ferroelectricity was only recently observed, and the project thus aims to combine these two properties.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the synthesis and structural characterisation of a range of Prussian blue analogues. Both X-ray and neutron diffraction will be used, possibly under high pressure and variable temperature, as well as magnetic measurements and local structure studies using pair distribution function studies.  A significant proportion of the research will be carried out at synchrotrons and neutron sources. At the end of the project, the candidate will have gained valuable experience in synthesis and material characterization of coordination polymers using a range of advanced techniques.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects mentioned above and third-cycle courses. Some teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%) may also be included.


  • has been awarded a second-cycle (masters) 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 essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Good collaborative skills, drive and independence are also essential.

Additional qualifications

  • erfarenhet av materialanalysis med diffraktionsbaserade tekniker är önskvärt
  • erfarenhet av koordinationspolymerer eller liknande material är önskvärt

Candidates of any nationality, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, race, ethniticity, or background are encouraged to apply.

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: Martin Sahlberg,

Please submit your application by 17 February 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4780.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/4780

Last application date: 2023-02-17

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