Postdoctoral position in New Materials for Power Cable Insulation
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.
Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.
We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.
Information about the Research Project
We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to join our research group at Chalmers.
High-voltage direct-current (HVDC) cables are a critical component of tomorrow’s power grids that seamlessly integrate renewable sources of energy. The insulation of HVDC cables is composed of crosslinked low-density polyethylene. Driven by the search for sustainable energy solutions, concepts that improve the ability of the insulation to withstand high electrical fields and, ultimately, the power transmission efficiency are in high demand.
Your project will focus on the development of new materials concepts that permit to adjust the electrical and thermal conductivity, as well as the mechanical properties of HVDC polyethylene insulation. You will explore the use of organic semiconductors as additives that modulate charge conduction, where necessary in combination with conducting fillers such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. You will carry out detailed characterisation of the dielectric properties of your materials in order to develop a fundamental understanding of underlying structure-property relationships. Processing of polymer blends and composites will be key to achieving an optimal performance. You will first explore small-scale compounding, followed by upscaling to larger volume extruders. The ultimate goal will be to develop scalable solutions.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with other departments at Chalmers, as well as industrial partners.
Information about the Research Group
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 energy technologies ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables. All research is conducted in co-operation with other universities/institutes and/or industry. Presently, the Müller Research Group consists of 1 Professor, 1 Research Staff, 3 Postdocs, 9 PhD students and several Master students.
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research including processing and nanostructure characterisation of polyethylene insulation materials as well as electrical and thermal measurements. In addition, you are expected to support and mentor the PhD students that work on related topics.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).
The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent with a focus on polymer science and technology. Previous experience with insulation materials, power cables and/or the chemistry and physics of organic semiconductors 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.
Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.
The application should be marked with Ref 20180623 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
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
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Application deadline: 6 December 2018
For questions, please contact:
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering;
+46 31 772 2790
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