Umeå University PhD Position in Surface Chemistry and Metal Coordination (Study in Sweden)

PhD Scholarship:
Surface Chemistry and Metal Coordination

Course(s) Offered: Chemistry
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: Umea University
Country to Work in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
Umea University is happy to offer PhD Scholarships for eligible and high-achieving students. A PhD position (4 years) in surface chemistry and metal coordination is open in an interdisciplinary project.

Within the larger research project, the research for the PhD position will focus on development of functionalized polymer surfaces using novel antibacterial agents as well as determination of physicochemical properties of biologically active metal complexes.

The successful applicant will synthesize different types of functional surfaces from components such as polymers, small molecules and metal ion complexes.

Main work description:
  • Equilibrium experiments and calculations for determining the speciation of small molecules and ions.
  • Synthesis, development and characterization of different surface coatings.
  • Chemical evaluation and characterization of aging and leaching effects on synthesized surfaces.
Experience with surface analysis techniques, polymer synthesis, polymer functionalisation, determination of metal ion speciation and/or equilibrium calculations is a merit. We will also evaluate the candidates with regards to their suitability to the research program, their creativity, power of initiative, independence and ability to collaborate.

The applicants must have completed a university degree in chemistry or completed courses with a minimum of 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS should be chemistry courses at advanced level, or equivalent competence *). Good English language skills, concerning both oral and writing skills.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Sweden are preferred, however, eligible applicants from ALL countries can also apply

Participating Institutions
Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Fields of study
Doctoral level study in Chemistry - Surface Chemistry and Metal Coordination.

Department of Chemistry at Umeå University conducts research in the areas of biological chemistry, environmental biogeochemistry and technical chemistry. The department has a strong focus on interdisciplinary work and has good access to modern analytical instrumentation and facilities.

Number of awards
One (1) opening is currently available

Sponsorship duration
Total of four (4) years

Scholarship benefits
Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here.

Methhod of Application
The recruitment procedure will follow the Higher Education Ordinance and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed. Prerequisites include either a) 240 ECTS credits (swe. högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level) with focus on Chemistry, or b) 120 Swedish (old) credits (swe. poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS-credits) of higher education studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007 or c) equivalent competence. A complete application should include:
  • Cover letter with your motivation for the position
  • CV including a list of university courses with grades
  • A copy of your graduate work (if applicable)
  • A list of publications or other documents supporting your competence and suitability for the position
  • Names and contact details of two persons willing to act as references.
Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format.

For more information, contact assistant professor Madeleine Ramstedt, phone +46 (0)90786 63 28, email: (do not send the application to this e-mail address!)

The deadline for applications submission is December 20th, 2010

The position is scheduled to start February 1, 2011.

Umeå University is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå University conducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

Application Deadline: 20 December 2010
Open to International Students: Yes

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