Postdoc in materials synthesis and characterisation of materials for…

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Deadline: 23 Nov 2022

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Within the research programme for Inorganic chemistry research is conducted on solution chemical materials synthesis. This implies development of new processes for advanced functional materials and detailed characterisation of all steps taking the precursors in solution into the solid target material upon heating. The materials produced are of different morphologies and complexity. Therefore, a wide range of experimental techniques is required in order to understand and control the reactions and obtain the desired materials.

The Post-doc position is directed towards development of durable materials compatible with molten lead at the high temperatures employed in Gen IV nuclear reactors. The research is conducted within the SSF project ”SUNRISE” (SUstainable Nuclear Research In Sweden) directed to development and verification of materials for use in gen IV nuclear reactors. This six-year project is conducted in a close collaboration between KTH, UU and LTU. Therefore, while most of the work is conducted at the solution synthesis group at UU, there will be much collaboration with researchers at KTH (Stockholm) and LTU (Luleå).

The work includes:

Development of solution based synthesis of nano-particles and coatings of powders and surfaces, as well as sintering into compacts. Typical materials are oxides, nitrides, carbides and metals. Detailed materials analysis by a combination of TG/DSC, XRD, IR- and Raman spectroscopy, XPS, TEM/HAADF/EDS/EELS, SEM/EDS/EBSD. Collaboration within the SSFSUNRISE project directed towards studies of materials of interest for use in GenIV lead cooled nuclear reactors. The center involves the universities KTH, UU and LTU.


A PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry or a foreign degree equivalent to a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic chemistry. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

  • A PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry or a foreign degree equivalent to a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic chemistry.

Very good proficiency in written and spoken English. Extensive experience of solution based synthesis of metals, nitrides, carbides and oxides as nano-particles, films or coatings. Extensive experience of high temperature synthesis and sintering of composites, especially metal-metal carbide composites. Extensive experience of materials characetrisation with XRD, XPS, SEM, TG/DSC, and IR-spectroscopy and handling of air sensitive molecular precursors and glove-boxes.

Much weight is also put on personal qualities such as the ability to co-operate with colleauges, drive, and independence, as well as how the applicant, through his/her competence and background fit into the group at Uppsala University and the SSF financed SUNRISE  center including the Royal Institute of Technolgy, Uppsala University and Luleå University of Technology.

Additional qualifications:

Experience of analysis with SEM-EBSD, TEM-EELS/HAADF/EDS. Good proficiency in Swedish.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement. (Specify at least two years and at most three years) Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 23-01-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Gunnar Westin + +46 18 4713840 

Please submit your application by November 23, 2022, UFV-PA 2022/3624.

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