PhD student in Wood-based sustainable electrochemical devices with forest material components

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 15 May 2023

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The Digital Cellulose Center, DCC,  aims to develop sustainable, circular electronics based on forest materials making it possible by developping  wood-based products for electrical and electrochemical applications. DCC includes Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Linköping University (LiU), and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) as the academic partners, together with a large group of companies. The Center is coordinated by RISE and financed by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova.

We are looking for a PhD student in Applied Physics, sponsored by DCC and formally based at the Department of Science and Technology, Campus Norrköping. 

Your work assignments and workplace

As the prospective student, you will develop and investigate organic, and, in particular, cellulose-based porous membranes and electrodes comprising ionic groups, conducting polymers, and electrocatalysts, following initial encouraging results already obtained in this laboratory. You will also design and investigate the integration of such membrane-electrode assemblies in electrochemical devices such as redox flow batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers. Your main research tool will therefore be electrochemistry. The materials development will be complemented by various analysis techniques, such as atomic force, electron, and optical microscopies, spectroscopic and electrical characterization methods. You will collaborate and find common language with organic and cellulose chemists, as well as with modelling specialists at LiU and other universities and companies.

LOE/ITN is renowned for its world-leading research on electrochemical devices, bioelectronics, printed electronics, and nanooptics based on organic materials and involving the coupling of ion and electron movement. Currently, the research staff of LOE includes over 100 researchers (professors, senior and junior scientists, and PhD students) and offers a dynamic multidisciplinary environment, see .

At ITN, you will be part of a Doctoral School in Applied Physics. Research in Applied Physics aims to use methods, models and approaches based in physics on various disciplines, such as molecular physics, surface physics, biotechnology, lab-on-a-chip, organic electronics, material optics, bio-, optical and chemical sensors, self-organising materials, polymeric and soft materials. The intention is to offer PhD students with different backgrounds the opportunity to graduate in a multidisciplinary environment, see .

As a doctoral student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your qualifications

You have graduated at Master’s level in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses in various fields of chemistry, including wood chemistry, and materials science. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

  • Good basic understanding of physical chemistry and electrochemistry is required, hands-on experience in electrochemistry and membrane science is a plus.
  • Acquaintance with material characterization methods, such as AFM, SEM/TEM, and cellulose chemistry is a plus.
  • The applicant should be strongly self-motivated, show a keen interest in fundamental research and applications, be willing to work independently as part of a multidisciplinary team. Problem solving ability and creativity are essential.
  • Research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics is carried out predominantly in English, so relative fluency is required. Having good written and oral communication skills is an advantage.

 Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and suitability.

The employment

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants .

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than May 15, 2023.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

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