Postdoc in Sustainable hydrometallurgy for metals recovery from the waste

Ref REF 2022-0774

Project description

The aim of the project is to develop a sustainable and complete extraction process for metal recovery from secondary sources – spent Li-ion batteries. Process has to be designed and optimized for further industrialization within two years. Co-operation with the industrial partner will be one of the required tasks as well as mobility between pilot plant and demonstration plant. Process will aim for high efficiencies and high purity of the produced precursors.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as a post-doctoral fellow is to conduct research which will focus on the development of hydrometallurgical process for recovery of valuable metals, involving solvent extraction methods. The position involves extensive work in a chemical laboratory and adapting technical equipment.Another important aspect involves collaboration within industrial partner and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.


You must be a graduated PhD in solution chemistry or hydrometallurgy. The doctoral degree must have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). You have excellent knowledge of English and proven experience as an experimental worker in a chemical laboratory, as well as ability to analyze and write articles. Experience of solving technical and mechanical tasks relating to process development is seen as meditorious. As a person you have to be self-motivated and have a problem solving attitude along with a great ability to collaborate with others. In your work you are well organized and structured.

Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Please observe: Since the department is also a nuclear facility, only citizens of the countries who are signatory of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons can apply and be considered for the position. Please check the status of your country before applying.

Contract terms

This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20220578 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

  • CV, include complete list of publications
  • Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your previous research fields and main research results
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 28 February, 2023

For questions, please contact:

Associate Professor Martina Petranikova, Energy and Materials,, Tel: 031-7728327