PhD student position in Doping of Conjugated Polymers for Wearable Electronics

Chalmers University of Technology
January 10, 2023
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A PhD student position is available in the research group of Christian Müller at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Chalmers University of Technology. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student who will develop new materials for wearable electronics. Your project will be part of the ERC funded project "Electrical Modulation of Elastic Moduli" (Elmo).

Project description The Müller Research Group focuses on the physical chemistry and materials science of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for wearable electronics and energy technologies ranging from solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables. All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, the group consists of 1 Professor, 1 senior scientist, 3 Postdocs and 8 PhD students. Molecular doping is widely used to modify the electrical properties of conjugated polymers, necessary for a wide range of applications ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to wearable electronics. The goal of your research will be to understand how molecular doping influences the mechanical properties of conjugated polymers. You will then use the knowledge gained to develop conducting materials and fibers and use those for the fabrication of electronic textile devices. You will work closely with several PhD students and postdocs at Chalmers as well as other universities in Sweden and abroad. There will be the opportunity to travel and visit labs of external collaborators.

Major responsibilities The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with PhD students and postdocs at Chalmers as well as other universities in Sweden and abroad. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing. In addition, 10 percent of your time will be dedicated to departmental duties, especially teaching on the undergraduate level.

Qualifications The successful candidate must have a Master's degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent (or be in the process of completing a Master's degree). Experience with polymer science and organic electronics is required; experience with molecular doping is a merit. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required.

Contract terms Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 4 years of fulltime research studies.

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Application procedure The application should be marked with Ref 20220627 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number) • CV • 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 • Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities) • Describe your experience with polymer science, organic electronics and molecular doping

Other documents: • Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis. • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

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Application deadline: January 10th, 2023 Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Therefore, please submit your application prior to the application deadline.

For questions, please contact: Prof. Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Email: christian.muller@chalmers.se Phone: +46317722790

Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position.

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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