Postdoc in development of Highly Selective Separation Membranes

Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

September 30, 2022

Description

This postdoc position will offer you the possibility to use your existing skills in materials research and apply them to develop novel separation membranes for dialysis in wearable devices. Your responsibility will be to develop highly selective separation membranes with proteins embedded. The work will be performed in a dedicated team of experienced researchers with complementary backgrounds and in direct collaboration with the start-up company Aquammodate AB. If you are a creative and curious person wanting to take part in the future development of dialysis devices using bio-mimicry, this is the position for you.

Information about the division and the project In this Postdoc position, you will join the activities at theDivision of Applied Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The division has an applied focus with emphasis on the development of new materials.

In this project, you will work on developing a new type of separation membrane for kidney dialysis applications (resembling reverse osmosis membranes). The main focus will be to set-up the production of highly selective separation membranes and to investigate the use of alternative synthesis methods and monomers to optimize membrane characteristics and protein incorporation. A pilot-scale production unit for synthesis of membrane proteins will be developed in another postdoc project running in parallel in order to apply the proteins in the dialysis application. You will develop the membrane formation and testing procedures and take part in the protein stabilization activities.

Major responsibilities During your postdoc, you will communicate the results from your project by publishing articles in relevant peer-reviewed international scientific journals and by participating in national and international meetings and conferences. Within the daily work as a postdoc, our ambition is that you find variation and interact with not only other postdoctoral fellows, but also undergraduate students, PhD students, senior researchers and professors.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue the research project and to set-up membrane production. The position will be dedicated towards scientific research, yet in an entrepreneurial setting with direct applications in mind. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing in English.

Qualifications To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). One of the most important qualification is your desire to devotedly use your skills in membrane formation to set up a pilot-scale production unit. You have a PhD in polymer chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or equivalent. You appreciate to work experimentally, but also with theoretical tools. Previous experience working with membrane formation and characterization is necessary.

Contract terms This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years. We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure The application should be marked with Ref 20220439 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 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) 1-3 pages where you: • Introduce yourself • Describe your previous research fields and main research results • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents: • Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2022-09-30

For questions, please contact: Professor Martin Andersson, Applied Chemistry, Email: martin.andersson@chalmers.se Phone: +46708775440

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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