PhD student position in Chemical Synthesis of Nanostructured Catalysts

Chalmers University of Technology


PhD student position in Chemical Synthesis of Nanostructured Catalysts

Information about the research project

The doctoral studies (PhD project) is part of the larger research project "Synergistic development of X-ray techniques and applicable thin oxides for sustainable chemistry (SynXOxides)", which is a new collaboration project between the academic partners Chalmers and Paderborn University and the facilities MAX IV Laboratory and PETRA III/DESY. The Swedish part of the project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and the German part by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In this project you as a doctoral student will tailor new core-shell structured catalytic materials over which, on the one hand, methane can be oxidised and, on the other hand CO2 be reduced to useful chemicals. The doctoral position is focused on catalyst synthesis for fundamental understanding of how catalyst structure and morphology impact catalytic function and mechanisms, respectively. You will evaluate your materials in terms of catalytic activity and selectivity using chemical flow reactors and investigate chemical and structural properties of the catalyst materials under reaction conditions - so-called operando characterisation. Thereby, the operational conditions for high catalytic performance and governing catalytic mechanisms can be understood. The project aligns with the contemporary movement towards greener industrial chemical and energy conversion processes by use of bottom-up research approach.


Information about the research environment

This position is advertised as part of a collaboration between the research groups of Assoc. Prof. Per-Anders Carlsson at the division of Applied Chemistry/Chalmers and Matthias Bauer at Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry Paderborn University. The research at Applied Chemistry is broad covering Applied Surface Chemistry, Biopolymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology and Polymer Chemistry and Electronics. The Carlsson research group focuses on surface chemistry phenomena broadly within materials and surface science. The common activities include aspects on materials synthesis and evaluation combined with advanced operando characterisation for understanding and control of atomic scale processes in functional materials such as catalysts. The Carlsson group is active in the interdisciplinary research centre Competence Centre for Catalysis located at Chalmers, which collects experimental and theoretical expertise in catalysis.


Information about the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The department of 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 divisons and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.


Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position includes research at a 90-100% level where the remaining part is teaching and departmental work.


Position summary

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.



The candidate should have Master of Science degree (or similar) in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science before employment preferably at latest in August 2018.


You should also be able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project. If you have experience in chemical synthesis and materials characterisation, and programming it will be meritorious


To be successful you have to be highly motivated, be self-propelled have a natural problem-solvning attitude and enjoy working both on your own as well as in close cooperation with others. As the work place is highly international you are expected to talk, read and write in fluent English.


Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.


Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180395 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.


Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 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:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.


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


Application deadline: 15 August 2018


For questions, please contact:
Assocociate Professor Per-Anders Carlsson
Dept. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers,
Phone: +46-31-772 2924

Professor Hanna Härelind
Dept. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers,
Phone: +46-31-772 2959


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