PhD Scholarship in Biophysical Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in sustainable energy. The funds for this fellowship are available for five years. Applications are welcome before April 07, 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

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 project that this position is involved in is embedded in the European Eunion H2020 International training network “Chemical reaction networks- CreaNet”. It is aimed at the preparation and characterization of soft matter chemical reaction networks, using microfluidic technology. The project is focused on phospholipid structures, such as nanotubes, vesicles and supported membranes, and uses microfluidic devices for preparation, sensing and manipulation. Proparation of functionalized lipid structures, measurement of properties and characterization of the structures by means of optical techniques, and development and fabrication of microfluidic chip devices.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop original scientific concepts, based upon the project framework, and communicate the results of your research verbally. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers undergraduate level, or performing other equivalent duties corresponding to maximum of 20 percent of working hours. The PhD work requires travel and extended research visits in several European academic and commercial laboratories.

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


- Completed MSc or equivalent degree in physics, physical chemistry or materials science

- Practical knowledge of, and interest in soft matter

- Hands-on knowledge of optical microscopy and related techniques

- Working programming knowledge for image analysis and device control (Matlab, Phython or similar)

- Successfully completed programming education during undergraduate studies is meritorious

- Experience with measurement and characteriation of soft matter interfaces is of advantage

To be succesful you need to be independent, self-motivated, ambitious, and willing to travel within Europe. As Chalmers is a highly international workplace, an advanced level of English in reading, writing and speaking is required.

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.

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 20190134 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: 7 April, 2019

Aldo Jesorka, professor, mail:

phone: +46 31 772 6112

Jerker Mrtensson, professor,mail:

phone +46 31 772 30 71,


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