Researcher in Materials Chemistry

Stockholm University Department of materials and environmental chemistry



Researcher in materials chemistry with specialisation in nanoparticle self-assembly (temporary employment) Stockholm


at the Department of materials and environmental chemistry. Closing date: 10 February 2020.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science with about 160 employees, including about 50 PhD students and about 30 postdoctoral fellows/researchers. The research is focused on the preparation and characterisation of various types of materials, including self-assembled materials, porous materials, inorganic materials, and bio-based materials, with applications in energy, environment and health. More information can be found at:

Project description
We are seeking a researcher to develop our recently presented evaporation-driven poor-solvent enrichment (EDPSE) assembly method (Kapuscinski et al, Nature Comm 2019) to follow the formation, and produce complex and multifunctional nanoparticle arrays with orientational and positional order, so called mesocrystals. Nanoparticle self-assembly and mesocrystal formation will be studied in real time and attempts will be made to develop models to describe nucleation and mesocrystal growth. The research will have a strong methodological focus. Better understanding of how nanoparticles assemble has the potential to advance our understanding of crystallization in general and non-classical, particle-mediated crystallization phenomena in particular. The position is financially supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Main responsibilities
The researcher is expected to expand the EDPSE method to different metallic, semiconductor and metal oxide nanoparticle systems. The research will focus on studies of self-assembly of anisotropic nanoparticles and mesocrystal formation by primarily time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering together with electron microscopy and modelling. The researcher is expected to lead the time-resolved SAXS measurements at different syncrotron facilities, including application for beam-time, the design and construction of suitable measurement cells and analysis of scattering data.

Qualification requirements
Researcher positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in a relevant area.

Assessment criteria
The selection will be based primarily on scientific excellence. Experience in nanoparticle self-assembly, nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation, and small angle X-ray scattering is required. Experience in electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and modelling is a merit. The successful candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary team of students and post‐docs and should therefore be a self-motivated researcher and a good team player with experience of large research collaborations. Applicants must have strong communication skills with excellent knowledge in English, both written and spoken.

Terms of employment
The position is a fixed-term full-time employment of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2020-04-01 or as per agreement.

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

For more information, please contact the project leader, Professor Lennart Bergström, telephone: +46 8 16 23 68,

For general information about MMK, please contact Professor Gunnar Svensson (Head of Department),

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), tfn 0708-16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), tfn 08-16 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 – statement of research interests and experience (max 3 pages)
  • 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: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 10/02/2020


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