Doctoral student in quantum chemical modeling of electrochemical CO2 reduction
Luleå, Sverige
Type of Employment Full-time
Job position Doctoral student
Work model On location
Are you the one?
Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students. In the coming years, multi-billion sums will be invested in Norrbotten and Västerbotten in large projects aimed at a more sustainable society nationally as well as globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these highly topical research projects and the social transformation that follows. We have a wide range of training to match the skills that are in demand. We hope you will help us build the sustainable companies and communities of the future. The research topic applied physics is part of the department of materials science. The research focuses on atomic modelling, electron structure theory, condensed matter theory, astrophysics and fundamental theoretical physics. We are now looking for two PhD students, one who will focus on molecular catalysts and one who will focus on heterogeneous catalysts. The group you will belong to conducts research in material chemistry for green applications and large-scale industrial processes. We use quantum chemical modeling to develop a fundamental understanding of materials and chemical reactions in catalysis and electrochemistry. We conduct both fundamental and application-oriented research in close collaboration with experimental groups and industry. You will be part of an innovative and international team. Subject description The subject includes physics with a focus on calculations and simulations that have a close and broad connection to applications and applied research. Project description You will use density functional theory to build a fundamental understanding of electrochemical CO2 reduction to post-CO or even C2+ products. The research focuses either on molecular or heterogeneous catalysts. You will, for example, develop reaction mechanisms or investigate the central properties of matter. Based on the properties of matter, you will discover new catalysts that can be synthesized and tested by external research groups. This recruitment is linked to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE). WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest investment in materials science in Sweden ever and will include major investments at Sweden's leading universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science. Read more about WISE. Job duties A doctoral position involves both theoretical and practical work. As a doctoral student, you are trained in scientific work in the form of publishing scientific articles in journals and presenting your research at national and international conferences. You also study compulsory and voluntary doctoral courses. Project planning and independent execution is also an important part of the service. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try out the teaching role. You will use density functional theory to develop reaction mechanisms and predict new molecular or heterogeneous electrocatalysts. Qualifications You must have a master's or equivalent degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or similar. The research requires good knowledge in at least one of the following subjects: inorganic chemistry, catalysis, electrochemistry, organometallic chemistry or surface chemistry. Expertise in organic chemistry and atomic modeling is an advantage. You must be fluent in spoken and written English. We are looking for two PhD students who are interested in working with catalysis. You must be able to work both independently and as part of a team. The research lies on the border between chemistry and physics and takes place in close collaboration with experiments. Therefore, good communication skills are required and you must be able to work interdisciplinary. Information Employment as a doctoral student is time-limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties can add up to 20% of full-time. Place of employment is Luleå. Access by appointment. For further information, please contact Dr. Michael Busch, Union representative: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529 OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 Application We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below, where you attach a personal letter as well as a CV/curriculum vitae and copies of verified diplomas. Please mark your application with the reference number below. Both the application and degree certificate must be written in English. Application deadline: 15 February 2024 Reference number: 5608-2023
Why you should work with us!

Luleå University of Technology's sustainability work is based on our vision to shape the future through innovative educations and groundbreaking research results and to create global societal benefits based on the Arctic region. This work is based, among other things, on Agenda 2030 and the 17 global goals for sustainable development.

Multi-billion are currently being invested in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, for a fossil-free future. At Luleå University of Technology, you can find skill-enhancing courses and training that the green transition demands. Come and work with us or with one of the other companies in the green transition. Find collaborations or a workforce for your organization and contribute to a sustainable society.

Apply externally for this position
About the employer
Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. Our research is carried out in close collaboration with companies such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF as well as with leading international universities and national and regional actors. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,815 employees and 19,155 students.