PhD Scholarship in Electrochromic Devices at Chalmers University of Technology

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in sustainable energy at Chalmers University of Technology. The funds for this position are available for five years. Candidates are welcome before March 31, 2019.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is "Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world". We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg. Information about the project

In our modern world we have become completely dependent on electronic displays for information spread. In several countries, many people stare at different kinds of displays for up to 10 h per day or more. However, ordinary emissive displays (LED and LCD) are based on light emission and consume a considerable amount of power. Further, their visibility in bright daylight is poor unless the brightness (and thus power consumption) is increased even further. Many people also experience eye discomfort when reading on emissive displays and their light can influence our sleeping habits.

In order to solve these problems, one can use displays that simply reflect the light of the ambient environment, also known as "electronic paper" technologies. The most known is the Kindle electronic reader from Amazon, which is excellent for reading text in black and white. Still, there are no technologies for electronic paper in color available on the market today. In this project we work towards this goal by developing new types of ultrathin materials which have intense colors that can be controlled electrically. In brief, we use nanostructures in metals to produce the colors and conductive polymers to modulate the reflected light from the surface. The work involves fabrication of the nanostructures, chemical functionalization of the surface and evaluation of the performance by spectroscopy and electrochemical control.

Major responsibilities

Your duty as a PhD student is primarily to conduct research in your project and produce a doctoral thesis. The thesis is normally based on a number of scientific articles published in international peer reviewed journals. You are also expected to complete a certain amount of courses (60 points) and occasional department work such as teaching duties (around 10 precent).

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


As a candidate you may come from almost any scientific discipline, although we expect mainly students with a background in physics and materials science or possibly electronics. Regardless, you must be open minded to learn new techniques and theories even if it deviates from your background. Further, as a research student you must be capable of working, thinking and acquiring information in an increasing independent manner. You also need to be a good team player and capable of handling communication with international collaborators. You are expected to provide clear presentations of your results in written form and at conferences worldwide. Thus, excellent English in written and spoken form is mandatory. However, the most important requirement is, by far, a dedicated mind with a true passion for science and technology!

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190123 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

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 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?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019

Andreas Dahlin, Applied Chemistry,,

tel: +46707632779

Deadline: March 31, 2019
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