PhD Scholarship Position in Mixtures of Protic Ionic Liquids

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in sustainable energy is available at Chalmers University of Technology. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. The deadline for applying is March 05, 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 about the project

We are looking for a talented and motivated PhD student willing to contribute to a project focused on the protonic/ionic transport mechanism in ionic liquid mixtures. The PhD student will work in the division of Applied Chemistry, which belongs to the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Its subdivision Applied Chemistry hosts a variety of projects ranging from bio-inspired materials for medical applications, new catalytic materials for fuel cells, polymer based selective nano channels, ionic based electrolytes and cellulose derived materials. This friendly environment provides a number of different theoretical skills and experimental expertise as well as it gathers many young and engaged research leaders.

Major responsibilities

The PhD is expected to actively drive forward a project focused on the transport mechanism in ionic liquid mixtures. This project is mainly experimental and based on the use of diverse techniques such as vibrational and NMR spectroscopy, diffusion NMR and thermal analysis, but through external collaborations the use of computational methods and large scale facilities will also be explored. The student must therefore be able to tackle a diversity of methods and approaches. Along with performing experiments and analysing data, the candidate will also be responsible for communicating clearly and regularly the progress of the work, contributing to relevant national and international conferences, and writing high-quality scientific papers. This will be done under the main supervision of Associate Professor Anna Martinelli. The student will also have to follow and pass courses as part of the education, and also serve at Department level as a teacher (mostly laboratory courses). It is important to recognize that this position gives merits for future research activities within the academia or in the industrial/public sector.

This is a full-time temporary employment, and the position is limited to a maximum of four years plus the time actually devoted to teaching/departmental duties.


The PhD candidate is required to hold a MSc degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or another relevant discipline. The successful candidate is truly interested in hard laboratory work, is not afraid to face new challenges, is personally mature, and is strongly motivated and self-driven. Due to the international working environment, an excellent mastering of the English language, both written and oral, is expected.

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 20190066 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.

Application deadline: 5 March, 2019

Anna Martinelli,


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