Postdoc in Polymer Synthesis for Thermoelectrics and Wearable Electronics


We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to join our research group at Chalmers. You will be part of our organic electronics team and focus on the design and synthesis of conjugated polymers.

Conjugated polymers with oligoethylene glycol side chains currently receive considerable attention in the field of organic electronics, for applications from energy harvesting and storage to bioelectronics. The goal of your project will be to further develop this class of polymers in order to create materials with superior mechanical properties that are needed for thermoelectrics and wearable electronics, including e-textiles.

You will work closely with several PhD students in our group, as well as with several external collaborators, and together study the mechanical, electrical and electrochemical properties of the materials that you have developed.

Information about the research groupThe Müller Research Group focuses on the physical chemistry and materials science of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for use in the fields of wearable electronics and energy technology. All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, our group consists of 1 Professor, 1 Research Staff, 4 Postdocs and 7 PhD students.

Major responsibilities
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with other postdocs and students in our group, as well as collaborating groups, including those in the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC). In addition, you are expected to support and mentor the PhD students in our group that work on related topics. As a Postdoc you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent (or be in the process of completing a PhD degree) with focus on the design, synthesis and characterization of conjugated polymers. Previous experience with (1) chemical doping of conjugated polymers, and (2) nanocellulose based materials is a merit. A promising early achievements track record in terms of scientific publications is expected.

You must be highly proficient with the design and synthesis of conjugated polymers. Further, you should have experience with characterization tools that allow to study the physico-chemical properties of conjugated polymers, as well as their electronic and electrochemical behavior. Relevant techniques include NMR, FTIR, UV-vis spectroscopy, thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), X-ray diffraction (WAXS, SAXS), optical microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM, as well as electrical conductivity measurements, spectroelectrochemistry and cyclic voltammetry. Experience with rheometry and DMA is a merit. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200221 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
• 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• Describe your previous research fields and main research results• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested 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: Aug 31 2020.
Interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Therefore, please submit your application prior to the application deadline.

For questions, please contact:
Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; 
+46 31 772 2790

Information about the department:
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers and covers a large array of research from basic to applied. The fields of interest extend from DNA-research and biomaterials, solar cells and fuels, high temperature corrosion, and catalysis. The Department is heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas. We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg. Our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

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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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