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Description of the workplace
This position will be part of the Inorganic Nanomaterials research group
within the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS) at the Department of
Chemistry. We are a highly international unit and strive to maintain gender
balance. Research at CAS focuses on inorganic, organic, polymer and materials
synthesis, as well as advanced analysis and characterization techniques, with
applications across such topics as photovoltaics, energy storage and
catalysis. Within the Inorganic Nanomaterials group, we are interested in
designing new materials and understanding the fundamental dynamic processes
underlying their synthesis. Read more on our website:
https: // www. kilu.lu.se/cas/research/nanomaterials/
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particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational
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Work at Lund University
In-situ transmission electron microscopy for elucidating the formation of
lead-free piezoelectric materials.
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research.
Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours.
The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher
education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the
independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further
The aim of this project is to investigate the fundamental formation process of
lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, such as sodium potassium niobate, at the
nanoscale using in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The
project will utilise microwave irradiation and conventional hydrothermal
methods for synthesis of the precursors used to make the piezoelectric
material. Characterisation will be reliant on solid-state techniques, such as
Raman spectroscopy, XRD, SEM and AFM. A customized TEM integrated with a
chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system will be used for monitoring the in-
situ formation of the piezoelectric materials. Particular focus will be
placed on understanding the challenge in obtaining stoichiometric occupancy of
potassium and sodium, at the morphotropic phase boundary of sodium potassium
niobate. Real-time analysis will be used to elucidate the processes
influencing the piezoelectric properties of the materials, such as the
formation of the morphotropic phase boundary.
As a postdoc you will be responsible for designing, planning and carrying out
experiments independently, including development of project ideas. Supervision
of graduate or postgraduate students may also be part of the work duties.
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD,
or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of
the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met,
must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be
given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the
last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can
have been completed earlier.
Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
Doctoral degree within materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, or a
closely related subject
Hands on experience in the synthesis of inorganic ceramic materials by
microwave, hydrothermal or similar methods
Synthesis of inorganic materials for electrochemical energy storage
applications or with piezoelectric properties
Good problem-solving and linguistic analytical abilities
The candidate is expected to work independently, but also to interact with
researchers from other subjects.
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The
position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the
applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and
potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research
skills within the subject.
For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the
A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
Additional assessment criteria:
Experience in any of the following areas will be counted as a merit:
Characterization methods including vibrational spectroscopy, PXRD, cyclic
voltammetry, spectroscopic ellipsometry, AFM, SEM and/or electrophoretic
Fabrication of solid-state materials including niobium/tantalum pentoxide,
titanium-niobium oxides and alkali niobates, via the use of
Hands-on experience working in a clean room, with a schenk line, thin film
fabrication or physical vapor deposition
We are looking for a person who is structured, goal-oriented and has good
self-awareness. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills,
drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills
complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they
stand to contribute to its future development.
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 2 years (state the exact
period of employment between two and three years). The period of employment
is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad
anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-
How to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in
accordance with LTH's Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below.
Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:
https:// www. lth.se/english/working-at-lth/to-apply-for-academic-positions-at-
Welcome with your application!
LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9
000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international
standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting
our courses to current needs.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-11-01, or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
County Skåne län
Reference number PA2022/2928
Kimberly Dick Thelander, email@example.com
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Last application date 28.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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