Two PhD Positions in Computational Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology

Applications are invited for a PhD position in sustainable energy to join Chalmers University of Technology. The funding allows successful candidate to work for five years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 30, 2018.

Department of Physics at Chalmers

Stimulated by major needs and challenges in science and a sustainable society, the ambition of the department of Physics is to foster a creative environment for academic research, learning and outreach. We provide a competitive advantage by linking our top-level international and interdisciplinary academic performance in the areas of material science, nanotechnology and energy research with world-leading industrial R&D&I projects. We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological and theoretical challenges, from fundamental physics research, through the development of new materials such as graphene to direct industrial projects generating new inventions. We have a strong learning commitment on all levels from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering.

The department is the major part of Gothenburg Physics Centre - a collaboration between four departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.

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Information about Chemical Physics

The main theme for the research at Chemical Physics is the development of sustainable energy systems by use of heterogeneous catalysis for alternative fuel production, emission control, energy storage, and fuel cells. The research is interdisciplinary with strong connections between fundamental and applied science. Chemical Physics is a dynamic and international environment that strives for scientific excellence through teamwork and combined theoretical and experimental efforts. The activity within heterogeneous catalysis is a part of the national Competence Centre for Catalysis located at Chalmers.

Information about the research

The theoretical activities at Chemical Physics focus on electronic structure calculations within the density functional theory together with mean-field modeling and Monte-Carlo simulations for reaction kinetics. By this type of multiscale modeling it is possible to bridge length and time scales. Theoretical spectroscopy is used together with experimental observations to scrutinize fundamental reaction mechanisms and processes.

The open PhD positions are directed towards computational catalysis. One of the positions concerns methods to reduce hazardeous NO over functionalized zeolites while the other focus on CO reduction over nano-particles. The projects have strong connections to the existing activities at the division and include industrial collaborations. The projects will involve density functional theory calculations and development of methods to simulate reaction kinetics from first principles.

Major responsibilities

Research at a 90-100% level where the remaining part is teaching and departmental work.

Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English.

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


The successful candidates should have:

(1) Master of Science in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science

(2) Good communication skills in written and spoken English

(3) Able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project

(4) Candidates with experience in computational/theoretical physics and chemistry are meritorious.

(5) Experience in programming

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field.

If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180566 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)


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: 30th of November 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Henrik Grnbeck, Chemical Physics,, +46317722963


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