Postdoctoral position: Electrochemist for evaluating platinum-free fuel cells


Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department of 13 at Chalmers with approximately 320 employees, divided into four research divisions. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg and perform research ranging from fundamental and applied chemistry to chemical engineering of industrial plants. We conduct teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

We tackle global challenges in the areas of health, energy, sustainability and transport by developing new knowledge and enabling technologies in the areas of nano- and materials science and chemical production methods. Our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.
Information about the project
In the ongoing transition to a more sustainable society we are active in the development of a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that is free from noble metals. We are now in the process of incorporating this catalyst in large area membrane electrode assemblies and in a full scale fuel cell stack of 1 kW. For this we search for a postdoc with expertise in electrochemical evaluation and modelling of electrochemical data with experience from evaluating individual membrane electrode assembies and fuel cell stacks.

The project is carried out together with the group of Prof. Torbjörn Thiringer, Electrical Engineering, who has expertise in the design of power electronics and in electrical characterization of energy storage systems and the analysis of electric power data under static and dynamic conditions of their operation.

The project will involve collaborations with other group members and is related to our recent papers in Chem. Mater., 25 (2013) 856-861; Fuel cells, 16, (2016), 4-22; Fuel cells, 16, (2016), 23-31; J. Power Sources, 357, (2017), 87-96; J. Phys. Chem. C. 121, (2017), 21827–21835; J. Mater. Chem. A, 6, (2018), 3116-3125.

Major responsibiliy
You will work with electrochemical evaluation of membrane electrode assemblies and fuel cell stacks based on noble metal-free fuel cell catalysts and employ modelling to interpret electrochemical data.

Key parts of the work will be related to
• Rotating disc electrode, single cell fuel cell and fuel cell stack measurements
• Modelling of electrochemical data
• Correlating electrochemical performance with preparation procedures of membrane electrode assemblies

The position also includes collaborating with PhD and MSc students in the two groups and is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry and the public sector.

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

To qualify as a postdoc candidate, you must have a PhD level degree in Chemistry or Materials Science or equivalent with a focus on electrochemistry and electrochemical evaluation methods for electrode materials. Hands on experience with electrochemical measurements and modelling of electrochemical data are mandatory. Competence in CFD modelling, structural characterisation methods, colloidal processing, and carbon materials synthesis are meritorius.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have good collaboration skills and be able to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180739 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?

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

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 January 2019

For questions, please contact:
Anders Palmqvist, Professor, Applied Chemistry,, +46317722961

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our Areas of Advance; Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production, Transport, and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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Post expires on Thursday January 31st, 2019