Doctoral student in Inorganic chemistry

Lund University
February 13, 2023
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Lunds universitet, LTH, Kemiska institutionen (LTH)

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Subject description

The subject covers third-cycle education in the areas of solid state chemistry and material chemistry. The research focuses on synthesis of new solid materials and studies of their chemical and physical properties. Since the physical properties are directly dependent on the material's atomic order and disorder, their crystal structure is studied with X-rays and electron diffraction.

The focus of the research will be on understanding the synthesis, structure and properties of novel inorganic nanostructures using advanced electron microscopy techniques. In particular, the research will involve transmission electron microscopy (TEM)-based imaging and analysis along with development of data analysis methods for in-situ TEM of nanostructure synthesis. The overarching aim will be to develop these tools to assess the relationships between synthesis conditions and resulting nanostructure properties.

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Experimental work within this PhD project will include a range of TEM-based characterization methods to understand nanostructure synthesis and properties, including scanning TEM (STEM). Development of novel methods, including methods for analyzing TEM image and spectroscopic data, will also be part of the duties. The PhD student will be responsible for planning and conducting their own experiments, as well as analyzing and interpreting the data.

The PhD candidate will be part of the Inorganic NanoMaterials group (https: // www. at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (www.

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Inorganic Chemistry if the applicant has:

  • at least 30 credits of relevance to the subject area, of which at least 15 credits from the second cycle and a specialised project of at least 15 second-cycle credits in the subject, or
  • an MSc in Chemical Engineering or Engineering Nanoscience
  • Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good knowledge of transmission electron microscopy, including substantial hands-on experience working with this type of instrument. Competence with programming in languages relevant to TEM analysis such as Python and/or Matlab

    Assessment criteria

    Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

    Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. Written and oral communication skills Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

    Other assessment criteria:

    Prior coursework on advanced electron microscopy. Knowledge and experience of a variety of specialized (S)TEM techniques, such as bright field and dark field imaging, secondary electron imaging, and diffraction. Practical experience with nanostructure synthesis Experience with data analysis methods for electron microscopy such as Hyperspy A broad and interdisciplinary competence profile is very important, and knowledge within such areas as materials science, nanoscience, chemistry and physics will be considered relevant for the position.

    Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

    Terms of employment

    Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

    Instructions on how to apply

    Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

    Welcome with your application!

    LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2023/227 Contact

  • Kimberly Dick Thelander, [email protected]
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  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
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  • Published 24.Jan.2023 Last application date 13.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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