Postdoc Position in Chemistry; Stability of Aluminum Current Collectors in Li-Ion Batteries

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry


Postdoc Position in Chemistry Focusing on the Stability of Aluminum Current Collectors in Li-Ion Batteries

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 250 employees and has a turnover just over 250 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master's programs. More information is available on our website.

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory has for many years hosted a research environment focused on the development of materials and their applications within the energy storage area: the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre. We develop novel electrode and electrolyte materials, characterize them, evaluate and improve them with respect to battery performance, and study fundamental chemical processes and properties using both experimental and computational techniques. The research is, as such, both fundamental and applied.

Project description/work duties: The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The present research project is part of a larger collaboration project and concerns the development of new approaches for increasing the corrosion resistance of aluminum current collectors in batteries. This includes electrochemical studies of aluminium current collectors in different electrolytes as well as characterisations of pristine and used current collectors using a number of techniques including e.g. XPS, SEM and XRD. The work will be done in collaboration with other project partners within the Batteries Sweden (BASE) Centre of Excellence.

Requirements: For employment as postdoc, the applicant should have obtained a PhD or an international equivalent degree within the field of chemistry, materials science or other for the position relevant field, within a maximum of three (3) years before the start of the employment. During certain circumstances, an earlier PhD can be acceptable, including leave due to illness, maternity leave etc.

Applicants should have a good knowledge and practical experience of working with lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical battery testing and electrochemical methods. Applicants should have very good oral and written proficiency in English.

The assessment of applications is based primarily on the applicant's ability to conduct independent research based on scientific skill. Greater importance is attached to the quality of individual scientific work, than to the amount of publications.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Additional requirements: Experience of working with corrosion and/or electrochemical anodisation will be highly rated.

Salary: Individual pay.

Starting date: 2021-08-01.

Type of employment: Temporary position for two years.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Leif Nyholm, +46 18 471 37 42,, Daniel Brandell, +46 18 471 37 09,

Please submit your application by 18 June 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2065.

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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: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2065

Last application date: 2021-06-18

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