Postdoc position, Development of Protein based Membranes for Water Purification

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Oct 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)

16 Sep 2023
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Chalmers University of Technology
Research Field

Chemistry » Applied chemistry
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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

12 Oct 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)
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Offer Description

This postdoctoral position provides an exceptional opportunity to leverage your expertise in materials research to innovate in the field of water purification and reuse. Your primary role will involve the design and development of cutting-edge, protein-embedded separation membranes that exhibit unparalleled selectivity. You will be collaborating closely with a specialized team of researchers from diverse disciplines, as well as directly partnering with the pioneering startup, Retein AB. If you're an imaginative, intellectually curious individual eager to shape the future landscape of water handling technology through bio-mimicry, this role is tailor-made for you.

Information about the division and the department
In this postdoctoral project, you'll become an integral member of the Division of Applied Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering . The division is renowned for its practical orientation, specifically geared toward pioneering new materials.

Your project will be at the cutting edge of water purification technology, involving the development of next-generation separation membranes akin to those used in reverse osmosis systems. Your responsibilities will be multifaceted, ranging from establishing production protocols for highly selective membranes to exploring alternative synthesis techniques and monomers to fine-tune membrane attributes and protein integration.

In a synergistic initiative, another postdoctoral project is concurrently laying the groundwork for a pilot-scale production unit focused on membrane protein synthesis. This collaborative effort provides a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement. You will be working on formulating and implementing the membrane's formation and testing methodologies, and will also contribute to initiatives aimed at stabilizing the proteins integrated within these membranes.
If you're keen on being at the forefront of technological advancements in water purification for circular water use, this role offers an exceptional platform for impactful research and innovation.

Major responsibilities
During your postdoc, you will communicate the results from your project by publishing articles in relevant peer-reviewed international scientific journals and by participating in national and international meetings and conferences. Within the daily work as a postdoc, our ambition is that you find variation and interact with not only other postdoctoral fellows, but also undergraduate students, PhD students, senior researchers and professors.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue the research project and to set-up membrane production. The position will be dedicated towards scientific research, yet in an entrepreneurial setting with direct applications in mind. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing in English.

The most important qualification is your desire to devotedly use your skills in membrane formation to set up a pilot-scale production unit. You have a PhD in polymer chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or equivalent. You appreciate to work experimentally, but also with theoretical tools. Previous experience working with membrane formation and characterization is necessary.

You must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers).
The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg . 
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230525 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-10-13

For questions, please contact:
Professor Martin Andersson, Applied Chemistry, , +46708775440

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Chemistry » Applied chemistry
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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Chalmers University of Technology
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Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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