Postdoctoral Position Electrolyte Multi-scale Modelling

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening PhD position in condensed matter physics. The funding allows successful candidate to work for three years. Potential candidates should apply before January 15, 2020.

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 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.

Information about the research project

The research at the division of Condensed Matter Physics is directed towards a fundamental molecular level understanding of structure and dynamics of different disordered materials in relation to macroscopic function. In particular focus are energy related materials and electrolytes for next generation batteries. By creating novel electrolytes and subsequent rational improvement by physico-chemical characterisation and extensive battery testing we hope to enable electrochemical cells with unprecedented performance. The present Postdoctoral position is funded by a H2020 FET-OPEN project and by a project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Electrolytes are a diverse and highly complex class of materials needed to enhance the performance for a variety of next generation batteries (NGBs) such as Na, K, Ca, and Al-batteries.

By applying multi-scale modelling approaches novel concepts, especially the solid electrolyte interphases and dual electrolyte systems can be investigated and subsequently optimized.

A postdoc with ample PhD experience of modelling is now needed. The postdoc will use modelling by DFT, RMC and COSMO-RS to study electrolytes and interfaces for novel electrolyte concepts. Several NGB technologies will be targeted.

Major responsibilities

You will be a part of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics. The major part of your time will be devoted to your research project, where you will be expected to plan and perform computational modelling in large and small collaborative constellations incl. a H2020 FET-OPEN network.

Supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students can be a part of the work. You will also be responsible for some common activities within the division and/or the research group (today ca. 35/12 persons).

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 1 year.


To qualify for the position of postdoc you must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent. The degree should generally not be older than three years.

You should have an interest in modelling and to learn about modern energy storage technologies, and very good communication and collaborative skills.

Excellent oral and written reporting in English to the other members of the projects as well as at international conferences and in scientific journals of high repute is expected.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190690 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

CV, include complete list of publications

Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 15th January, 2020

Professor Patrik Johansson, Condensed Matter Physics



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