Researcher in chemical physics (PA2021/1076)

Updated: 23 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Apr 2021

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Subject description
The research group works with ultrafast spectroscopy to study light-induced processes for solar energy materials. We use large-scale synchrotron facilities for advanced materials’ characterization. Specifically, in this project we will investigate the details of photocatalytic conversion of simple molecules to useful materials. 

Work duties
The researcher will be responsible for creating hybrid systems that combine nano-structured materials with biological agents to develop scalable, affordable, and sustainable devices. We envision fully solution processable efficient light harvesting system with bio-compatible interfaces coupled to biological catalytic centers that carry out red-ox reactions, including N2 reduction to ammonia and biomass oxidation to value-added chemicals. We will investigate the optimum charge and energy carrier pathways between light-harvesting system and catalytic centers by applying advanced analytic methods including laser and x-ray spectroscopies to understand the transport processes in detail. 

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in materials chemistry, physical chemistry or similar.
  • Experience with photo-active materials for photocatalyses.
  • Good English both oral and written.
  • Earlier experience with X-ray-based material characterization.
  • The work requires capacity for independent research and experience in problem solving.
  • Good team work capacity is also expected. 

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
Earlier experience in working with photoactive nanomaterials, clean room fabrication, lithography and reactive ion etching is highly meriting.

Terms of employment
Fixed-term employment. Starting date June 1, 2021. End date May 31, 2022.
100 % employment.

Contact person Prof. Tönu Pullerits, Chemical Physics, Lund University,

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.

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