Postdoc position in processing of graphene-based nanocomposites

Chalmers University of Technology


December 9, 2021


We offer a postdoctoral position in an EU funded project related to functionalization and characterization of graphene-based materials. The project aims to enhance water purification and is carried out in close collaboration to industrial and academic partners within the project Graphene Flagship.

Information about the project This project, GO-FOR-WATER, is a joint European project targets for graphene-based filter in water filtration application. Graphene oxide based 3D composites will be developed for the simultaneous removal of a different class of chemicals from drinking water, to be integrated into Point-Of-Use devices (POU). The project is multidisciplinary with strong expertise on graphene materials preparation and functionalization, graphene materials multiscale characterization, processing in 3D structures and water treatment technologies. GO-FOR-WATER will also take advantage of already existing industrial collaboration with major players of the water treatment market including POU producers. Therefore, besides fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationships of graphene materials composition and structure the results of GO-FOR-WATER will contribute to the access of graphene to the water treatment market.

Information about the division 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 You are expected to perform daily research activities in the lab in an independent way, possibly supervising the activities of one or more PhD students. The focus of the research it to perform chemical functionalization of graphene, and in-depth structural characterization via various advanced material characterization techniques. Examination of the mechanical properties will be undertaken after every crucial step of practical usage of the graphene composites.

You are expected to develop own scientific concepts and communicate the results of the research performed verbally and in writing, in English. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Contract terms Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to one year.

Qualifications To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; Chemistry, Materials science or related disciplines, awarded by an internationally recognized university. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent person, with strong passion and good knowledge of chemistry and materials science. You need practical abilities and inclination to work in a chemical lab, imagine and build new experimental setups, perform statistical analysis of experimental data. Experience in synthesis of graphene/polymer composites, surface characterization of the synthesized materials using Electron microscopy (SEM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and other techniques are meritorious. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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 20210521 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) 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, PhD thesis, reference letter/s 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: 9 December, 2021

For questions, please contact: Dr. Zhenyuan Xia Email: Phone: +46 31 772714

Professor Uta Klement Email: Phone: +46 31 772 12 64

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

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.

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!