Postdoctoral Position on Recyclable and Conducting Polymer-cellulose Gels

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening postdoctoral scholar position in sustainable energy. The funds for this position are available for two years. Potential candidates should apply before August 16, 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 research project

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to join our research group at Chalmers.

A number of projects that are ongoing in our group deal with composites of nanocellulose materials (CNC, CNF or MFC) and polymers ranging from polyethylenes to polythiophenes. In each case both the nanocellulose as well as the polymer must form a continuous network. The cellulose network typically has a reinforcing function that enhances the mechanical properties of the polymer matrix. The polymer matrix, instead, must be continuous to ensure melt flow, and hence enable reshaping and recycling. Further, in case of conjugated polymers such as polythiophenes, a continuous network is essential to facilitate the transport of electric charges, which renders the composite electrically conducting. Preparation of these different types of materials typically involves a solution step, and your focus will be to develop our understanding with regard to network formation in cellulose/polymer solutions and gels. Further, your role will be to support our PhD students, who work with these different types of materials, with your expertise in cellulose chemistry and gel rheology. Moreover, we expect you to develop your own ideas regarding the preparation, characterisation and use of co-continuous cellulose/polymer gels.

Information about the Research Group

The Mller Research Group focuses on the physical chemistry and materials science of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for energy technologies ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables. All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, the Mller Research Group consists of 1 Professor, 1 Research Staff, 3 Postdocs, 7 PhD students and several Master students.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with other departments at Chalmers, collaborating groups at other universities, as well as industrial partners.

Major responsibilities

The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with other postdocs and students in our group, as well as collaborating groups. In addition, you are expected to support and mentor the PhD students in our group that work on related topics. As a Postdoc you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing.

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.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a focus on polymer science and cellulose materials. Previous experience with the chemistry and rheology of cellulose or polymer solutions and gels is a merit.

Further, practical experience with the modification and processing of cellulose materials is preferred. Previous exposure to materials characterisation tools such as thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), X-ray diffraction (WAXS, SAXS), optical microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM, rheology, DMA and tensile testing 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.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190393 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

CV, include complete list of publications

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 16th of August 2019

Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Therefore, please submit your application prior to the application deadline.

Christian Mller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering;

+46 31 772 2790

Deadline: August 16, 2019
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