PhD in Photophysical Studies of Photon Up and Down Conversion

Applications are invited for a PhD position in sustainable energy to join Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for five years. Applications are welcome before March 01, 2019.

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 aboutthe division/the research/the project

The Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Chalmers University of Technology carries out a broad range of research at the frontiers of basic and applied science. For example, we are studying how molecules interact with each other in living cells and how they can capture and transform energy. Within the division various aspects of Physical Chemistry is studied ranging from biophysical chemistry to nanochemistry and the environment encompasses some 20 graduate students creating a creative and energetic atmosphere.

The research group of Bo Albinsson, were this PhD will be stationed has a long-standing interest in researching and understanding the principles that govern the development of novel solar energy technologies. This PhD project is related to an ongoing program on photon up- and down conversion, which is performed within a collaboration between five research groups at Chalmers, with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council.

Major responsibilities

The project is focused on the investigation of molecular systems capable of up- or down conversion of light, that, upon incorporation into solar energy technologies can increase the conversion efficiency. Molecular systems, sometimes integrated with nanoparticles (quantum dots), are synthesized within the framework of a cross-disciplinary collaboration and will be studied with a range of spectroscopic techniques. In particular, pulsed laser based ultra-fast femtosecond transient absorption and emission techniques will be used and developed within the project. Your major responsibilities as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to maximum of 20 percent of working hours.

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


We are looking for a newly graduated MSc in Chemistry, Physics or equivalent who wants to embark on a challenging and rewarding research journey ending with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. The successful candidate should be a highly motivated, quality conscious individual with a MSc degree (or equivalent) in fields related to chemistry or physics, preferably with experience in optical spectroscopy and/or laser techniques. You should find it motivating working both alone and in close collaboration with others. As Chalmers is an highly international enviroment you must have excellent english skills, both oraly and written.

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

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190006 and written in English.

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?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 1 March, 2019

Professor Bo Albinsson, Chemistry and Biochemistry,, +46-31-7723044


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