Doctoral student in polymer chemistry with a focus on fuel cell membranes

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Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Kemiska institutionen LTH

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

 

Work duties

The energy system of the future requires environmentally friendly electrolyzers, fuel cells and batteries based on hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier. In these electrochemical systems, ion-conducting polymers and electrolyte membranes are central materials and components. This doctoral project is focused on the development new proton polymer membranes for fuel cells (PEMFC) used in heavy vehicles, e.g. trucks and buses. The project includes organic synthesis and studies of the next generation of these membrane materials. The main goal is to develop new synthesis strategies and new knowledge on how to tailor polymers to effectively combine high proton conductivity at 60-100 ºC under reduced air-humidity with mechanical strength and chemical stability. With an emphasis on the synthesis of new materials, the experimental work includes organic synthesis of new monomers, molecular characterization and polymerization, polymer characterization, fabrication of functional membrane materials, and analysis of electrochemical, mechanical strength and thermal properties with a focus on chemical stability and proton conduction. The project is carried out in collaboration with other Swedish universities and industrial manufacturers of heavy vehicles. The position will involve a limited number of trips to attend meetings conferences and research activities.

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 include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

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 Polymer Technology if the applicant has passed the degree at the advanced level.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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

  • Desirable education is a Master of Science in Chemistry with specialization in organic or polymer chemistry at the advanced level.
  • Experience in organic synthesis and characterization of monomers and / or polymers, especially ionic polymers and polycondensation, is a merit.

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, at least 2 letters of recommendation and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.)

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 equivalent100
  • City Lund
  • County Skåne län
  • Country Sweden
  • Reference number PA2023/140

Contact

  • Patric Jannasch, +46462229860

Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, kansli@saco-s.lu.se
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366