Researcher in Theoretical

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 28 Oct 2021

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment.

We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.

The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science.

The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

The research group develops theory and implements it on computers in order to study chemical processes in the gas phase and in condensed phase. We are interested in chemical kinetics, spectroscopy and dynamics in general, but focus on processes that are relevant to astrochemistry. The present project concerns formation, destruction and survival of nano- to micrometer sized dust particles in our Universe, including early galaxies, areas close to black holes and our local Universe. We will study dust particles, often silicon and/or carbon based, at a molecular level and their interactions with other particles (molecules/atoms, ions/electrons) and electromagnetic radiation. The project is financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg research foundation and is run jointly with three research groups from Chalmers University of Technology, which particularly contribute astronomical observations. See also for information about the research group and for information on this project.

Job assignments

The work tasks involve participating in the collaboration in the project, supporting less experienced participants in the project, e.g. in the development of theoretical models and their implementation in computer programs. The tasks also include participating in the running of the programs as well as the analysis and compilation of the results prior to publication in international journals.


A doctoral degree in chemistry or physics or related field is a requirement for this position. You also need experience in astrochemistry, numerical calculations and programming.

Preferably you have experience of supervision of students / doctoral students, electron structure calculations, quantum dynamics and rate theories.

Ability to collaborate, ability to plan research and analyze results and good ability to express oneself in speech and writing is a requirement.


The employment is time-limited position for 6 months, starting in January 2022. It is on fulltime (100%) placed at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology in Gothenburg, Sweden.


If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Gunnar Nyman,, +46766229035 


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. The application shall include:
- Cover letter
- CV
- PhD certficiate 

Closing date: 2021-10-28

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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