PhD Position in Chemical Functionalization of 2d Materials

Chalmers University of Technology is offering PhD position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to September 30, 2018.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is "Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world". We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg. Information about the research/the project/the division

The position will be located at the division of Chemistry and Biochemistry, one of four research divisions at the Department of Chemistry and chemical engineering. The Division offers a dynamic work environment with state of the art equipment, a high percentage of young researchers as well as several well-established scientists in different branches of the basic chemistry disciplines. The research questions dealt with at the division ranges from advancing solar energy conversion to understanding nerve signals and learning. A diverse set of methodologies and techniques, such as chemical synthesis, electronic spectroscopy and imaging mass spectrometry, are used to answer these questions. The division aims to provide excellent research and teaching as well as an outstanding doctoral training.

The PhD position will focus on chemical functionalization of 2D materials (graphene and its analogues) through covalent and noncovalent approaches. The research project will mainly include synthesis of functional organic molecules, preparation/synthesis of 2D materials and further combination of molecules with 2D materials. The as-prepared hybrid systems will be also explored in ad-hoc applications such as energy conversion and storage, sensing, nanodevices, etc. Through the project, a better understanding of the structure-property-function relationship will be studied in detail, especially on how the molecules affect the properties of 2D materials.

Major responsibilities

The majority of your working time is devoted to your research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop own ideas, guided by your supervisor, and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form.

In addition, the position will normally include 10-20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties. The employment is limited to four years, with a possibility to be extended for a maximum of one year depending on how much administrative duties that is included during the way.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


The successful candidate should have:

(1) Master degree primarily in Organic Chemistry, Material Chemistry or Physical Chemistry, or related

(2) High motivation, and an analytical and problem-solving personality and the ability to know when things are good enough and time to finish and move on to the next task.

(3) Excellent team-working and communication skills

(4) Good English communication skills, both orally as well as written

(5) Ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project

Experience in organic synthesis of functional molecules, chemical functionalization of graphene or other 2D materials, is meritorious.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180458 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- CV
- Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
- 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
- Previous research fields and main research results.
- Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
- Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
- Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 30 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Assistant professor Xiaoyan Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry,, +46 31 772 82 12


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