Postdoc Position in Applied Electrochemistry

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in Applied Electrochemistry

KTH Royal Institute of Technology


KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.


The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH) is one of the five schools of KTH and a strong constellation for research and education in the broader areas of health, environment, energy and materials. The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research and education in areas that cover several global challenges. Among them are the need of sustainable energy, health and aging population, climate change, sustainable production and working life, food production and clean water.

The Applied Electrochemistry group consists of about  consists of about 30 employees working with research and education. The majority of the employees are postgraduate students doing research for a PhD degree. Research at Applied Electrochemistry is directed mainly towards batteries, fuel cells and electrolytic processes. A postdoctoral researcher is now sought for a research project on the production of hydrogen by electrolysis, but with other reactions than oxygen evolution at the anode.

Job description

If for example alcohols are oxidized, instead of water, the consumption of electrical energy in the production of hydrogen may be substantially decreased. In a possible future bioeconomic society the alcohols would come from a bio-refinery and the electricity from renewable sources as sun, wind and water.

The project is a study of the possibilities to electrochemically oxidize organic comounds, in particular glycerol and alcohols from a pulp mill, to produce hydrogen efficiently at a cathode. It is mainly experimental in character and is a collaboration between researchers in the fields of electrochemistry and wood chemistry/pulp technology. The position is for two years and we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

What we offer

KTH offers an international workplace at a leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future. You are welcomed to a pleasant workplace and you will work with colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.


  • The applicant must have a PhD degree in applied electrochemistry or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • The applicant should also have good communication skills in scientific English, both oral and written.
  • Of particular importance is the applicants research expertise and creative ideas in the subject field.

To have worked experimentally with alcohol oxidation or water electrolysis provides meritorious qualifications.

Personal qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a good problem solving analytic ability who can contribute with own ideas. You should also have the ability to work both independently and in a group as well as to collaborate with people of different backgrounds. Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality is a qualification.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

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The application must contain the following documents:

• Curriculum vitae containing education and relevant work experience from academia and industry.
• Graduation transcript from the university and diploma.
• Personal letter containing a description of past experiences in the scientific field and a motivation why you are interested in this position.
• Contact information for two references.

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About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.
A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment
Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type
Full time

First day of employment
According to agreement

Monthly salary

Number of positions

Working hours


Stockholms län


Reference number

Ann Cornell, Professor in Chemical Engineering:, / +46 8 790 81 72


Last application date
24.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET


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