Two Postdoctoral positions: Electrolyte development for next generation batteries

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Information about the research project
The research at the division of Condensed Matter Physics is directed towards a fundamental molecular level understanding of structure and dynamics of different disordered materials in relation to macroscopic function. In particular focus are energy related materials and electrolytes for next generation batteries. By creating novel electrolytes and subsequent rational improvement by physico-chemical characterisation and extensive battery testing we hope to enable electrochemical cells with unprecedented performance. The present Postdoctoral positions are funded by a H2020 project and by projects funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

Electrolytes are a diverse and highly complex class of materials needed to enhance the performance for a variety of next generation batteries (NGBs) such as Na, K, Ca, and Al-batteries.

By applying several approaches for outlining novel concepts, initial development, subsequent characterization, and final extensive testing in half, full, and 3-electrode cells the development can be made rational while still maintaining a scientific open-minded spirit. Typically, salt and solvent combinations are to be created (from collaborators or commercial sources), investigated, and subsequently optimized by a number of approaches and techniques at the molecular level.

Two postdocs with ample PhD experience of modern battery and electrolyte research at the molecular level are now needed. The postdocs will share physico-chemical and electrochemical work of more applied character, e.g. develop and test electrolytes within a H2020 project, with more independent and exploratory work, e.g. novel electrolyte concepts. Several NGB technologies are targeted. The postdocs should be able to specify/create the materials needed and handle common electrolyte/battery test protocols.

Major responsibilities
You will be a part of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics. The major part of your time will be devoted to your research project, where you will be expected to plan and perform experiments as well as utilize methods for data analysis in a cross-disciplinary environment.
Supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students can be a part of the work. The postdocs will also be responsible for some common activities within the research group (today ca. 25 persons).

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

Qualifications
You must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent; the degree should generally not be older than three years.

You should have an interest in materials science and energy technology, and very good communication and collaborative skills. Experience of electrolytes, batteries, data analysis, materials and physico-chemical characterization at molecular level, and ex situ, in situ, and operando molecular spectroscopy (Raman, IR) are all advantages.

Excellent oral and written reporting in English to the other members of the projects as well as at international conferences and in scientific journals of high repute is expected. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190009 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
• 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.

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
• Two letters of reference.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 15 February, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Patrik Johansson, Condensed Matter Physics
E-mail: patrik.johansson@chalmers.se

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