Postdoctoral position in materials science – metallic materials in fuel cells at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

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 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 division
To meet the challenges of tomorrow’s energy demands, the research at the division of Energy & Materials at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering focuses on solving materials science problems that currently impede the use of new environmentally friendly technologies. We also host the High Temperature Corrosion center, a national center of excellence jointly sponsored by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology and around 20 member companies. HTC is known in the field as one of the leading labs worldwide.

Information about the research area
Material performance is one of the key barriers inhibiting the transition towards a more sustainable energy system. Material related problems limit lifetimes and reduce efficiencies, adversely affecting plant economy and consequently the spread of green energy. For our research on metallic materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) we have an open position for postdoc.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are high-temperature (>600°C) electrochemical energy conversion devices that can operate on a broad range of fuels while achieving efficiencies exceeding that of state of the art heat engines. The advancement of the technology has however been hindered by several technical and economic barriers. Many of those barriers are related to the metallic interconnects that connect individual cells. The interconnect must withstand the harsh environment at SOFC operating conditions, possess good electrical conductivity and show good compatibility with other cell components. We investigate the relevant degradation mechanism and work on coatings to increase the lifetime of the interconnects.

Central to our work is the link between well controlled laboratory experiments, advanced microstructural investigations and experience from the field gathered by our industry partners. We work with state of the art analytical electron and ion microscopy such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) detectors. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling can also be employed to analyze the specimens in more detail.      

Major responsibilities
You will carry out your own experimental work and, by sharing your expertise, also contribute to the efforts of our research team. Depending on your interests and competencies, tasks might include the re-design of experimental setups as well as the guidance of PhD students in achieving their project goals. It may further include bringing the interests of external partners in agreement with the individual interests of our team members. A solid knowledge of chemistry or materials science allows you to perform these tasks efficiently. You are expected to present your findings in scientific journals as well as at international conferences and project meetings with industry partners.

Qualifications
You have a PhD in chemistry or materials science possibly also physics or mechanical engineering. Ideally you have experience in the field of SOFC or high temperature corrosion from your earlier research. As a person, you show curiosity and feel comfortable to work as part of a team, yet always taking responsibility for your assigned tasks. If you describe yourself as someone who enjoys lab work but also finds pleasure in putting your data into a greater context than you are an excellent candidate in our team. All our projects are performed in collaboration with our partner companies, other departments at Chalmers as well as research groups at other universities. This requires a combination of well-developed collaboration skills, the ability to work independently, high analytical capabilities and excellent English language skills.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a competitive and international research environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburglocated in the heart of Scandinavia. Here, you find a friendly work environment with all the benefits of a Swedish university. We offer an employment with a competitive salary including benefits such as 28 days of financed vacation, parental leave and health insurance. The post doc position is 1+1 year. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180734 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• 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) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Possibly future goals and research focus. 

Other documents:
• Copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 20 January, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Jan-Erik Svensson, Chemistry and chemical engineering, jes@chalmers.se, +46 31 772 2863
Jan Froitzheim, Chemistry and chemical engineering, jan.froitzheim@chalmers.se, +46 31-772 28 58 

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 
   



Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!
   


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