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Postdoctoral Researcher in Gothenburg, Sweden – Computational Chemistry Job – Oct 2021

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University of Gothenburg invites applications for Postdoctoral Researcher Job in Computational Chemistry with focus on investigating metal/metal oxide nanoparticles interaction with organic molecules in aqueous ionic solutions by using the multiscale simulations methods such as molecular dynamic (MD), Monte Carlo (MC) simulation methods and analytical theory at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Sweden – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Electrochemistry group
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg

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Qualification Details

To qualify as a postdoctoral fellow, the applicant must have completed a Swedish doctoral degree or must have a foreign degree corresponding to a Swedish doctoral degree.

Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline and who have not held a post-doc position within the same or similar subject area at the University of Gothenburg for more than one year. Applicants with a degree obtained earlier than the stipulated three years may be preferred if special reasons exists. Special reasons in this context include, but are not limited to, leave due to illness and parental leave.

In the selection of eligible applicants, the applicant shall be selected who, after an overall assessment of skill and development potential, is judged to be in the best position to carry out and develop the tasks described above. In the assessment, great importance will be given to documented scientific expertise and familiarity in the research area of the project. Publication in international journals is a merit, as are previous experiences of research and research collaborations in the field. In the selection process, interviews and reference taking can be considered. In the interviews, the applicants are given the opportunity to describe and develop their own views on the research area and their possible future role as a postdoc at the department.

Since the project is primarily based on using theoretical tools such as molecular dynamics (MD), Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and analytical theory, it is necessary to have knowledge and experience in these simulation methods. Knowledge of surface modeling and interfacial chemistry of nanoparticles in ionic solutions is merit giving.

The modelling work will be done in close collaboration with other groups in consortium which use experimental methods it is very important that candidate is at ease in collaborating with other groups as well as persons.

Responsibilities/Job Description

With support from Mistra, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology announces a postdoc position for two years with focus on investigating metal/metal oxide nanoparticles interaction with organic molecules in aqueous ionic solutions by using the multiscale simulations methods such as molecular dynamic (MD), Monte Carlo (MC) simulation methods and analytical theory.

Nanoparticles in natural aqueous systems such as lakes, rivers and sea water can be toxic for living organisms. However, the toxicity of nanoparticles is highly related with their state in which they exist i.e., as free particles, or in form of aggregates. Nanoparticles after entering into aqueous systems or in biological media can be transformed into complex aggregated state due to changes in their surface properties (surface charge, potential) in different environments or by the adsorption of organic matter. Changes in physical state can lead to changes in the reactivity of nanoparticles, therefore it is of utmost importance to understand the basic mechanisms underlie such changes. Transformations of nanoparticles in complex environments such as natural aqueous systems and in biological media are governed by the intricate relations of interaction forces acting on nano- as well as on meso-scales. To model the transformation in such complex systems, a multiscale modeling approach is needed. The project will be started with by modeling the surface charge and interfacial potential (zeta potential) of bare as well as coated nanoparticle in aqueous ionic solution and biological media. Corrected Debye-Hückel (CDH) theory, classical surface complexation and Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations will be used. Information gained from these investigations will further be used to model the formation of organic corona on the particle surface and aggregation in aqueous and biological media. Use of Monte Carlo (MC) simulations along with classical DLVO approach will be explored. The results of simulation will be compared with the relevant experimental data gained by other groups in a close collaboration.

This research project will be performed in a close collaboration between different groups in Mistra Environmental Nanosaftey consortium financed by Mistra. Groups from different disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and social sciences are collaborating in this consortium on the problem of Nanosafety.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: PAR 2021/1157
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

in order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. The application shall include:

  • Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
  • CV including scientific publications
  • Copy of exam certificate- Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

About the Project and Electrochemistry group

Research project will be performed within Electrochemistry group. Research in electrochemistry group spans different areas. For example synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles by electrochemical and solution based methods, studies of electrocatalytical reactions, experimental determination and modelling of the thermodynamical properties of electrolytes, investigations of particle size dependent surface and interfacial properties of nanoparticles by experimental and theoretical methods. Nanoparticles surface charge and potential at the particle solution interface play vital role in determining their reactivity, stability, aggregation and interaction with organic matter in complex electrolytes. In recent years focus has been on developing the experimental as well as theoretical methods to investigate in detail the nanoparticle solution interface. Electrochemistry group has well established international collaborations along with collaborations with other universities in Sweden and with industry.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment.

We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN's global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.

The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg's top ranking in life science.

The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

About the Employer: University of Gothenburg


The employment is a time-limited position until March 2023. Extent is fulltime (100%) placed at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Starting as soon as possible.

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Contact details

If you have questions regarding the postion, please contact Zareen Abbas, Senior Lecturer, / +4631 786 9015


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