Postdoctoral Fellow in development of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy towards High Pressures

Ref. No. SU FV-3646-18S

at the Department of Physics. Closing date: March 3, 2019.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world’s most dynamic capitals. The University has 33 000 students, 1600 doctoral students and 5500 staff active within science, the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 230 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

Project description
The Department of Physics have a postdoctoral fellow opening for an outstanding individual to work with Dr. Peter Amann on the development of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) towards applications under realistic catalytic conditions. This is done in connection with a newly built ambient pressure XPS instrument that can reach pressures beyond 1 bar, and was commissioned in the spring this year. This instrument is currently situated at the P22 beamline in Hamburg/DESY.

Main responsibilities
The successful candidate will build the new devices in close contact with industrial partners and scientists centered at Stockholm University, Stanford University and DESY research center in Hamburg, Germany. The candidate will be responsible for build-up, testing, conducting as well as evaluation and interpretation of spectroscopic results. Further, the candidate will support the use of the developed equipment also for other scientists. Utilizing the new designs, the scientific work will focus on CO/CO2 reduction to generate fuels and will be performed in the XSolaS group, providing a stimulating atmosphere of well-experienced researchers in the field of spectroscopy on catalyst materials. For more information:

The postdoctoral fellow will be positioned at Stockholm University with frequent travels to DESY research center in Hamburg to conduct synchrotron-based measurements.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

A suitable background is a PhD in physics or mechanical engineering and experience in instrument development, catalysis, surface chemistry and/or electron and x-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation with a focus on surfaces or condensed phase.

The successful applicant will be selected based on documented experimental knowledge relevant for the area of study, knowledge of scientific instrumentations and method, analytical skills, personal motivation and team working skills. Well-developed English language skills are required. The applicants are encouraged to provide supporting documents that substantiate qualifications, e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. References and interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicants. We seek motivated candidates with talent for instrument development and programming.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment until 2021-12-31. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Peter Amann, or the Head of the Department, Prof. Sven Mannervik,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important! Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters no later than application deadline, via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-3646-18 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 03/03/2019

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Sunday March 3rd, 2019