Researcher in hydrometallurgy for sustainable recycling of metals

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A one-year junior researcher position with possibility for prolongation is available at the Department of Molecular Sciences at SLU, Uppsala for development of sustainable hydrometallurgical approaches for recycling of metals from electric and electronic materials, with focus on separation of light transition elements from rare earth elements.

The Department involves currently approximately 100 employees and together with two other Departments is offering an inspiring research atmosphere at the BioCenter in Uppsala. It provides an excellent research environment with expertise in advanced chemistry and life sciences with a high quality infrastructure, consisting of advanced microscopy and chemical analysis facilities, X-ray and NMR instrumentation etc. The Department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at .


The researcher will be involved in the research project, devoted to development of sustainable recycling approaches to electric and electronic materials. The work will involve development of techniques for chemical leaching of target metals and for handling and treatment of complex solutions containing both mixture of target metals and undesired elements. The researcher will synthesize hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructured adsorbents with specific affinity to target elements with subsequent implementation of developed techniques on a lab scale and developing flow sheets for future larger scale production.


The applicant should have PhD in chemistry or materials science/ engineering awarded within the last 5 years. Experience with developing methodology for uptake, separation and purification of rare earth elements or transition elements is a merit as well as good knowledge of electron microscopy, spectrophotometric analysis and statistical data treatment.

A strong publication record (in relation to the time since dissertation) is a merit. The application must contain: i) a summary of the research experience, expectation on the position and future plans (max 1 page), ii) CV and iii) names of two reference persons.

Location: Ultuna, Uppsala, Sweden.

Employment: Time-limited employment 1 year at SLU with possibility for prolongation.

Access: 1 of October 2021 or upon agreement.

Application: Welcome with your application via the application button below no later than the 15 September 2021.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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