Postdoctoral Researcher in Neutron Scattering Studies of Corrosion

Chalmers University of Technology



Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas. 

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”. 

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Information About The Research

The postdoctoral researcher will join the research group of Associate Professor Maths Karlsson at the Energy and Materials Division of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers. Our research, within the broader field of experimental materials science, focuses on investigations of key fundamental properties of atomic-scale structure and dynamics in energy relevant materials, such as ionic conductors and luminescent materials, with a view towards their application in present-day and future energy technologies (e.g., fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen storage, and light emitting diodes). The primary tools to this end involve the use and development of advanced neutron and synchrotron radiation techniques, as well as free electron laser facilities around the world - a field in which we are internationally very competitive. Our research is further strengthened by the collaboration with national and international top scientists, that provide complementary expertise in, for example, materials synthesis and computer modelling techniques.

Major Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be part of a new research projects, which focuses on studies of high-temperature corrosion processes of technologically relevant metal alloys. The primary tools will involve the use of neutron and X-ray reflectivity and inelastic neutron scattering techniques, available at international large-scale neutron facilities. Additionally, vibrational (Raman and IR) spectroscopy and nuclear reaction analysis techniques, will be used on a complementary basis.

The project is formed as a collaboration with the Competence Center for High Temperature Corrosion at Chalmers ( and is of relevance for several Swedish industries. The project is funded by grants from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and VINNOVA.

As part of the responsibilities, the postdoctoral researcher will, apart from his/her own research, be involved in the supervision of one PhD student already working extensively with neutron scattering techniques. As a specific task within the project, he/she will develop new sample environment that will enable neutron scattering studies under different atmospheres. It is also expected that he/she will apply for smaller travel grants from local and national funding agencies.

The position is for 2 years (1+1) and may be extended furthermore pertaining to a successful performance and the availability of funds.

To qualify for the position, you must have completed a PhD in Experimental Materials Science, Physics, or a related area, at the time of appointment. In practice, this means you already have a PhD or you will be finishing in the next few months, at the latest. Specifically, we are looking for a person with experience in neutron and X-ray reflectivity on solid-state materials. Experience from nuclear reaction analysis and vibrational spectroscopy (in particular with neutrons) is considered to be a strong merit.

To be successful, you must be highly motivated, independent, and have high analytical, social, and communicational skills. Highest standards of research ethics are a must. Excellent knowledge of English, written and spoken, is also required. With this set, we offer unique opportunities for top notch basic research pertaining to technologically important materials and career development.

The preferred starting date is August/September 2019.

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Application Procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190312 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal Letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other Documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application Deadline: 26 June, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Maths Karlsson, Energy and Materials: 
031 772 6770

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