PhD Scholarship in Polymer Chemistry/organic Chemistry

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in polymers at Lund University. This position is available for 5 years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 08, 2018.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Work duties

The Ph.D. project is focused on organic synthesis and studies of ionic polymers and electrolyte membranes. These materials are especially important in tomorrow's energy system with fuel cells and water electrolyzers based on hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier. The main goal is to study and develop new synthetic strategies and knowledge how these polymermaterials should be molecularly designed in order to efficiently conduct ions in electrochemical systems for energy storage and conversion. The experimental work consist of organic synthesis, molecular characterization and polymerization of new monomers, polymer characterization, preparation of functional membranes, as well as analysis of electrochemical, mechanical and thermal properties with a focus on thermochemical stability and ionic conductivity. The project is carried out within the framework of an integrated research programme with collaboration with industry and other Universities.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

A candidate meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in the subject Polymer Technology if he or she has a valid university degree at advanced level (MSc) within a relevant study program.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

The candidate preferably have an MSc degree in chemistry with a specialization in organic or polymer chemistry on the Master level. Previous experience with organic synthesis and characterization of monomers and/or polymers, especially through polycondensation and/or controlled radical polymerisation, is a merit.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicants, through their experience and skills, are deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.


Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), Chapter 5, 1-7 .

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, at least 2 letters of recommendation, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, etc.).


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