Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Materials Chemistry

Stockholm University


Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Materials Chemistry (Organic Lighting/OLEDs/LECs) Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-0950-21


at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry. Closing date: 15 April 2021.

Stockholm University is one of the world’s leading education institutes. Here more than 35,000 students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences. The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK - is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Natural Sciences with about 150 employees. MMK is a leading institution in materials synthesis and processing, structural characterization and materials applications. It compromises the research areas of analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic and structural chemistry, and materials chemistry, the latter is one of the leading research areas of Stockholm University. Important characterization methods at the department today are X-ray, electron and neutron scattering, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and various spectroscopic methods.

The Physical Materials Chemistry group ( at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry headed by Prof. Dr. Anja-Verena Mudring is concerned with designing new materials for energy related applications for a sustainable society. Sustainability is one of the fundamental demands of our society. Thus, the development of clean technologies that minimize our environmental footprint is of utmost importance. Applications in focus are energy efficient lighting, (photo-)catalysis, magnetic refrigeration and thermoelectric energy conversion. In this context, ionic liquids are investigated as technology enabler in the synthesis and development of improved materials for energy related applications.

Activities stretch from state-of-the art wet and solid state chemical synthesis over advanced characterization methods like X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, neutron scattering, vibrational spectroscopy, NMR, UV-Vis and luminescence spectroscopy studies to modelling with computer simulations.

Project description

The position will be associated with the project Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells as Energy Efficient Light Sources, funded by the Swedish Research Agency, Vetenskapsrådet. The aim is the development of efficient transition-metal based complexes as emitter materials for application in organic lighting, specifically in light emitting electrochemical cells and analyze their structure and properties and evaluate their suitability for applications in organic lighting devices such as OLEDs or LECs. The successful applicant will be integrated in a international, dynamic, cross-disciplinary researcher team of Engineers, Chemists and Physicists.

Main responsibilities

The position involves research in synthesis and charcterization of transition metal complexes. Subsequent materials characterization encompasses comfirming the chemical identity, structure analysis, cyclic voltammetry, and characterization of thermal and optical materials properties with emphasis on photo- and electroluminescence.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to the research skills. Experience in the chemical synthesis and characterization is mandatory. The successful candidate must have documented experience in synthetic materials chemistry. Advantageous is previous research experience in the field of organic lighting such as OLEDs or LECs as well as DSSCs, hybrid solar cells or related research fields. Knowledge on structure analysis, NMR and mass spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, thermal analysis such as TG/DTA/TG and other analytical techniques is advantageous. Skills on synthesis and handling materials under inert conditions is welcome. The candidate must document the experience through publication in renown, peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or a PhD thesis in the relevant field.

Applicants must have strong communication skills with excellent knowledge in English, both written and spoken.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Physical Materials Chemistry, Professor Anja-Verena Mudring, email:;

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/04/2021


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