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PhD position in Chemistry with focus on Molecular Geochemistry – Umea, Sweden 2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry offers PhD Student position in Chemistry with focus on Molecular Geochemistry – Umea, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry
Umeå University (UMU)
Umea, Sweden

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Qualification Details

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry or another subject considered to be directly relevant to the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization or an equivalent subject.

You are interested in geochemistry and inorganic chemistry, and have demonstrated abilities at thinking at the molecular level. You must have at least 15 ECTS credits in inorganic (geo)chemistry, mineralogy, aquatic (geo)chemistry, environmental (geo)chemistry, or the equivalent at an advanced level. Good oral and written proficiency in English are required.

Practical experience in vibrational spectroscopy, inorganic synthesis and advanced data evaluation (MATLAB, R, Python) are considered valuable assets. Experience in electrochemistry and molecular modelling (molecular dynamics or ab initio methods) are not mandatory but will be viewed favorably.

You are a logical thinker, thorough at work, and able to work independently. You have the ability to work both independently and in collaboration in groups, and take all initiatives needed to enjoy and pursue a 4-year degree.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This Ph.D. project is on the chemistry of nanometric water and ice films on minerals, and is funded by the Swedish Research Council. You will explore the rich photo- and electrochemistry hosted in these unique solvation environments using spectroscopic and possibly computational modelling techniques available at Umeå University. You will also integrate the Molecular Geochemistry research environment of the Department of Chemistry, and work with various analytical platforms of the Chemical and Biological Center.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: AN 2.2.1-1966-21
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Documents Required

The application must contain the following items in English or in Swedish:

  • Curriculum vitae of a maximum of two A.
  • Cover letter of a maximum of one A4 stating why you are interested in the position.
  • Certified copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades.
  • Names and contact information for at least two reference persons.

You must apply through our e-recruitment system. Log in and apply using the link at the bottom of the page. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.

About the Department

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees, of which approximately 40 graduate students, and a strong and expanding research. The Department has three major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, and Technical Chemistry. We are active in three of the priority research areas of the Faculty of Science and Technology and are a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical- Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website: For more information about working at Umeå University:

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, who was employed at Umeå University when the CRISPR-Cas9 method was developed.

About the Employer: Umeå University (UMU)

Note or Other details

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as 40 ECTS in postgraduate courses. In the assignments, teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years full-time, and can be extended up to a fifth year to compensate for part-time teaching. The salary is determined according to the established salary levels by the University. The candidate’s physical workplace will be in Umeå, and will begin no later than September 1rst, 2022.

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Contact details

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jean-François Boily,
090-786 52 70

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