PhD student in Materials Chemistry

Updated: 15 days ago
Deadline: 02 Oct 2020

at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry . Closing date: 10 February 2020.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is, with about 150 employees, one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Natural sciences at Stockholm University. A significant part of the teaching activities is at the undergraduate level with courses in General, Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry. The teaching at the graduate level focuses on the master programs in Materials and Analytical Chemistry. Research activities of MMK focus primarily on materials, and include different classes such as ceramics, glasses, self-assembled, porous materials, and soft matter. The projects often encompass synthesis, and characterization by X-ray, neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, solid-state NMR, and computer modelling of materials with a potential for various applications. Research activities in the area of Analytical Chemistry focus on developing advanced analytical techniques for studies of organic compounds and biomolecules.

Project description
Project title: Investigation of the local atomic structure of Cellulose using Scanning Electron Diffraction.
Supervisor (PI): Dr. Tom Willhammar, [email protected]

Cellulose is the most abundant biomolecule on Earth. Its impressive mechanical properties are utilized by plants and organisms to create extraordinary architectures. For these prominent properties, cellulose is now exploited as a sustainable component in a large variety of hybrid materials. Despite this attention little is still known about the local atomic ordering in these materials and the origin of the prominent properties at the nanoscale.
Electron microscopy and electron diffraction have evolved over the last years into a new era. Cryo-EM was awarded the Nobel Prize 2017 for studies of protein structures and methods for 3D electron diffraction have pushed the limits of atomic structure determination into the nanoworld. Stockholm University has a long experience in pushing the limits of electron diffraction and electron crystallography.

In this project, we will utilize new opportunities for the rapid collection of electron diffraction data, called scanning electron diffraction, which is opening up for studies of beam sensitive materials at the nanoscale. The project will focus on the development of routines for data collection and data analysis as well as interpretation and utilization of the resulting data to understand the atomic arrangement in cellulose and how this knowledge can be applied.

The work will be conducted in close collaboration with leading groups nationally and internationally and hence a successful candidate should have good collaborative skills. We are looking for a curious and self-motivated student. The candidate should have a background in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics or similar subjects. Knowledge in any of the areas of biopolymers, electron microscopy, crystallography or scientific programming is an asset but not necessary.
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council. 

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. 

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Chemistry is valid. Those studies should include at least one specialized course or a thesis in the research subject. In order to facilitate the evaluation of merits and suitability for the PhD studies your curriculum vitae (CV) should contain information about the extent and focus of the academic studies. The quantity (as part of an academic year) and the quality mark of courses in chemistry and physics are of particular interest. Please, state titles of undergraduate theses and project works.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

Selection
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.
A short list will be set up and interviews with the top candidates will be carried out at the department or via internet.
Economic support for the PhD studies are guaranteed for full time studies during the time period agreed on in the individual study plan. The studies does normally mean four years full time studies. You are encouraged to contact the project leader for more information about the project.
Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules and regulations .

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year.

The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position. 

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact
For more information, please contact the PI. For general information about the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Gunnar Svensson, [email protected]

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, [email protected] , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, [email protected] , [email protected]  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, [email protected] .

Application
Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 10/02/2020

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