Postdoctoral Position in Electrochemical Processing of Graphene

Chalmers University of Technology



The department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology now has an available post doc position in electrochemical processing of graphene. The position aims at strengthening the activities of the division of Materials and Manufacture in the production and processing of graphene-based materials, in synergy with Area of Advance Production and Area of Advance Materials Science, and with activities ongoing on graphene research in other departments of Chalmers and in the Graphene Flagship project.

Project Description
Graphene-based technology, which allows to produce 2-dimensional materials (2DM) with tunable properties on large scale, is becoming mature for industrial applications. First large-scale applications of 2DM are already commercial, mostly based on graphene-polymer composites. Applications of graphene in electronics or energy storage are also under fast development. Graphene composites with non-polymeric materials (e.g. metals, ceramics, glasses) are at more fundamental research level; the high-temperature processing and complex microstructure of these inorganic matrices are more challenging than the ones of polymers, but the skills to tackle them have now been developed by the scientific community, and time is mature for further development.

This position will focus on the development of novel nano-composites based on graphene and similar 2-dimensional materials for applications in the fields of composites, energy storage and sensing. The 2D nanosheets will be processed using chemical and electrochemical techniques, and combined with other materials such as metals , oxides and polymers to create novel layered coatings and bulk composites.

The composites will be characterized using advanced characterization methods, including techniques like analytical electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) and surface analysis (Auger and XPS), in combination with all necessary complementary techniques (AFM, Raman, XRD, etc.).

Information About The Department and The Division
The main competencies at the department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction; Form and Function; Modeling and Simulation; Product Development; Material Production; and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

The division of Materials and Manufacture is a part of the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. The division covers the entire value chain from materials design, processing and characterisation to machining of primarily metals. We employ a range of technologies – powder metallurgy, electroplating, additive manufacturing and material removal – and a range of advanced characterisation techniques. Our work is interdisciplinary by nature and is addressing topics that have a direct impact on sustainability. The division is collaborating closely with other universities and research institutes and is implementing industry-academia partnerships through collaborative projects and strategic initiatives such as the National Competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) and the Chalmers Centre for Metal Cutting Research (MCR).

Major Responsibilities
The candidate will perform daily research activities in the lab in an independent way, possibly supervising the activities of one or more PhD students. You are expected to develop own scientific reports and communicate the results of the research performed verbally and in writing in English.

The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position Summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

- PhD in chemistry, materials science or closely related disciplines, awarded by an internationally recognized university. 

- Highly motivated candidate, with strong passion and good knowledge of electrochemistry and materials science.

- Practical abilities and inclination to work in a chemical lab, imagine and build new experimental setups, perform statistical analysis of experimental data.

- Ability to disseminate scientific results, train and supervise PhD students.

- Full professional proficiency in English. You will also need to acquire Swedish proficiency within 2 years.

The following qualifications will be considered as advantages:
- Experience in surface chemistry, graphene production and/or advanced materials characterization techniques.
- Ability to communicate in Swedish.

All the skills mentioned above have to be clearly indicated in the application and confirmed, if possible, by supplementary documentation (MSc thesis, journal papers, course certificates, reference letters, etc.)

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Application Procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190295 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: 30 June, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Vincenzo Palermo, +46 73 406 04 20

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