We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join our research group at Chalmers. Your project will be part of the ERC funded project “Electrical Modulation of Elastic Moduli (Elmo)”. The goal of your research will be to understand how electrochemical doping influences the mechanical properties of conjugated polymers. You will then use the knowledge gained to produce stimuli-responsive fibers that can be switched from soft and stretchable to stiff and tough, and use those fibers for the fabrication of electronic textile devices. You will work closely with several postdocs and PhD students in our group, as well as with several external collaborators, and together study the mechanical, electrical and electrochemical properties of different types of conjugated polymers and polymer fibers.
The 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, the group consists of 1 Professor, 2 Postdocs and 9 PhD students.
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research, in collaboration with postdocs and students at Chalmers, as well as external collaborators in academia and industry. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing. In addition, 10 percent of your time will be dedicated to departmental duties, especially teaching on the undergraduate level.
To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degre in Chemistry, Materials Science or equivalent (or be in the process of completing a Master’s degree). Experience with electrochemistry and organic electronics is required. 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.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of four years of full-time research studies.
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The application should be marked with Ref 20220203 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:
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
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your experience with electrochemistry and organic electronics.
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 7 June 2021. 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:
Professor Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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