KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

One of the most important scientific problems to solve for our modern society is how to convert (fuel-cells and photovoltaics) and store (batteries) clean energy and in parallel how to utilize such energy in the most efficient way (e.g. efficient electronics/spintronics, thermoelectrics and multiferroics). In order to accomplish a paradigm shift in this field we need to develop and understand a new generation of functional materials. This could of course mean synthesizing completely new compounds but also to atomically tailor and nano-engineer existing compounds. For this proposed postdoc project and inter/intra-departmental collaboration, we will focus on characterizations of the latter. Further, in most research areas, when drastically reducing the physical dimension/dimensionality of the investigated system, unexpected but useful phenomena might occur and open completely new fields e.g. quantum computing. The areas of energy materials and quantum materials are certainly not an exception. For example, nano-structured battery cathode materials have shown a very rapid development with almost daily reports of super-ionic transport properties and drastically improved battery performances. In a similar way it is well known that correlated electron systems e.g antiferromagnets display a wide range of unexpected properties and exotic phases when reducing dimensionality from 3D to 2D to 1D and finally 0D.

The initial focus for this Postdoc position will be to investigate nano-structured energy materials with an emphasize on nano-platelets of both Na- and Li-ion battery compounds. The samples will be provided both from our international collaborators as well as through in-house synthesis at the Department of Applied Physics of KTH. The studies will mainly be performed using neutron scattering and muon spin rotation/relaxation (m+SR), but also x-ray and electrochemical techniques could be of interest. The main duty of the recruited postdoc will be to take responsibility for such experiments as well as to co-supervise participating PhD students. In addition to the planned project, the successful candidate is expected to contribute with his/her own ideas and network. The postdoc is hereby strongly encouraged to bring in an independent line of research into our team. Further, there are also additional possibilities for parallel and related developments. One example could be technical instrumentation and sample synthesis linked to collaborations with the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden.

The position includes a strong research program conducted as a collaboration between the KTH divisions of Materials Physics (host), Biomedical & X-ray Physics and Theoretical Physics. The postdoc will be employed in the group for Sustainable Materials Research & Technologies (SMaRT).

The project is further part of a wide national (e.g. Uppsala University) and international network with links to Switzerland (ETH Zurich and PSI), Japan (Toyota CRDL and J-PARC) as well as United Kingdom (STFC and Queen Mary University of London). Finally, part of the postdoc duties also involve assisted PhD student supervision linked to the Swedish national graduate school in neutron scattering, SwedNess (http://www.swedness.se/).


We are looking for a candidate with a doctoral education in Physics. The PhD 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, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to strong candidates in the areas of solid state physics, condensed matter physics or applied physics. Previous experience in neutron scattering, x-ray and muon techniques are all considered as an important merit, but this is not a strict requirement. Since the majority of the project consists of hands-on work in the lab, practical skills will be considered valuable. Further, the project is run in a wide international collaboration, adaptive communication skills and social dexterity should be applicable to ensure a pleasant and productive team work. Finally, profound knowledge in written and spoken English is necessary and some prior knowledge in programming (e.g. Matlab) and data analysis (e.g. FullProf, musrfit etc.) are highly preferable.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2018-0219
  • Martin Månsson, Assist.professor, +46 8 790 40 94, condmat@kth.se
Published 09.Feb.2018
Last application date 28.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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