PhD Position in Physical Chemistry

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry

PhD Position in Chemistry with specialization in Physical Chemistry

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory conducts research and education in chemistry. The Department has over 300 active persons with about 200 employees in addition to guest researchers and students doing research at the master level. The annual turnover is about 200 million SEK. For more information, visit Chemistry Ångström's website.

In the research program Physical Chemistry we conduct fundamental and goal oriented research mainly in photochemistry and chemical dynamics, laser spectroscopy as well as molecular and mesoscopic systems for solar energy conversion. Many of the professors in the Physical Chemistry program are part of the cross-disciplinary collaboration project of the Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis.

Project description and duties: The PhD project is directed towards fundamental mechanistic studies in the area of photo-redox catalysis, using in particular time-resolved laser spectroscopy. The focus of interest is photoinduced and proton coupled electron transfer reactions, in molecular systems and in combinations of molecules and semiconductor materials. Research will be conducted in collaboration with other research groups within and outside the department, within a project financed by the K&A Wallenberg Foundation. For more information please visit the research group's website.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. Teaching on undergraduate and Master level may be included, up to 20% of full time.

Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Requirements: To be eligible for a PhD position, the applicant must hold a University degree in Chemistry, Physics or an equivalent subject, with a focus on physical chemistry, chemical physics or other relevant subjects. Strong motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are important qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

Additional requirements: Knowledge and experience in photochemistry and time-resolved laser spectroscopy is an advantage.

Terms of employment: The rules about PhD students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 §§1-7 and the university's rules and guidelines.

Application procedure: The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

Salary: According to local agreement (Local collective agreement for doctoral students and students).

Starting date: 01-09-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Leif Hammarström, tel: 018-471 3648,

Please submit your application by June 1 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1695.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1695

Last application date: 2020-06-01