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Job description

Hydrogen is expected to be a key component in a future fossil-free society in sectors of energy, transportation and industrial production of chemicals and materials. The research centre PUSH (Production, Use and Storage of Hydrogen) addresses scientific and technical hurdles impeding the widespread use of hydrogen, by combining activities on production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen, in a single coordinated research effort. Researchers at KTH, Lund University, Umeå University, Chalmers University of Technology and at the institute RISE will lead this challenging work.

There is a need for more sustainable large-scale processes for hydrogen generation. Electrolysis of water provides a clean and emission-free route for the direct transfer of renewable electrical energy into hydrogen gas. In the present research we will focus on polymer membrane electrolytic cells based on new classes of alkaline membranes, which enable the use of abundant catalyst material such as nickel and are better adopted to respond to fast load changes. New membranes and catalysts will be synthesized by partners within PUSH, and investigated for electrolysis at KTH.

The post doctor will be working at the division of applied electrochemistry, with about 30 PhD students and seniors doing research in the fields of batteries, fuel cells and electrolytic processes in an international and creative environment. The work will be mainly experimental in character and conducted in close collaboration with those active in the project and with researchers in the electrochemistry group. Read more about the division here.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH



A doctoral degree in applied electrochemistry or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).

Of particular importance is the applicants’ research expertise and creative ideas in the subject field. To have worked experimentally with water electrolysis or fuel cells, in with particular with alkaline membrane cells, provides a useful qualification. Candidates should also have good knowledge in English and a good ability to express themselves in both speech and writing.

Personal characteristics

  • Research expertise
  • Educational ability
  • Teamwork
  • Independence
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage.


Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Transcripts from university/university college. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Contact information for two references.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAccording to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberC-2020-2227
ContactAnn Cornell, +46 8 7908172
Last application date15.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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