Ph.D. position in developing membranes for gas separation applications

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Description of work

The Department of Chemistry is opening a Ph.D. position in Chemistry with a specialization in polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, material science, or any related field. The thesis project will focus on developing carbon molecular sieve membranes. The position is for four years of doctoral studies, including participation in research and postgraduate courses. The last day to apply is June 26, 2024. The starting date is September 1, 2024 or by agreement.

About the position

Our research group strives to design and synthesize innovative materials that will shape the future of separation science. In this particular project, we are dedicated to synthesizing polymer, and fabricating carbon molecular sieve membranes for gas separation application. The project represents a true intersection of various disciplines, offering you the opportunity to actively participate in the design and synthesis of polymers, fabricate membranes, and test the membrane for gas separation applications. Within this project, you will have access to cutting-edge gas separation facilities (e.g., gas booster, gas permeation, gas filtration, etc.), spinning hollow fiber membranes (single layer and dual layer), and carbonization equipment. Your contributions will play a crucial role in advancing our understanding and development of new materials for gas separation applications.

About the employment

The position is intended to result in a doctoral degree. The main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, including participation in research and doctoral courses. The duties can include teaching and other departmental work (up to 20%). The employment is limited to the equivalent of four years of full-time (48 months) or up to five years for teaching part-time. Salary is set in accordance with the established salary levels for PhD positions. As employees at Umeå University PhD students are granted social benefits such as parental leave, holiday leave, and occupational health services. Read more about the benefits of being an employee at Umeå University here: . The candidate's physical workplace will be at the Chemistry department, Umeå University.

Eligibility requirements

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfill the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry or another subject considered to be directly relevant to the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization or an equivalent.

Additional qualifications

Good knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken is required, as well as a great interest in the field of polymer chemistry, membranes, and gas separation. A suitable candidate must also be creative, have a high degree of independence, and problem-solving analytical ability. A suitable candidate must also have the ability to work both independently and in collaboration in groups and take all initiatives needed to enjoy and pursue this 4-year degree.

Merits are

We are particularly interested in candidates who have prior experience in two key areas:

1. Developing carbon molecular sieve membranes, and

2. Gas separation membrane expertise.


You apply via our e-recruitment system Varbi. Log in and apply via the button at the bottom of the page. The deadline for applications is June 26, 2024.

The application, written in English or Swedish, should include:

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why you are applying for the position, and how your qualifications and research interests are relevant to the doctoral project described above (max two pages)
  • CV, with a publication list
  • Diplomas of bachelor and Master level degrees
  • Bachelor/Master theses work/other relevant publications
  • Other merits of relevance for the position
  • Contact information to two reference persons
  • Further information is provided by Naser Tavajohi, e-mail: [email protected]

    About us

    The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees and strong and expanding research. The Department has four major research areas: Biological Chemistry, IBEAM, Organic chemistry and Technical Chemistry. We are also a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical-Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website: . For more information about working at Umeå University,

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