Postdoc Researcher Position in Umea University, Sweden

Postdoctoral scholarship in hydrothermal synthesis at Umea, Sweden, Apr 2022


The Department of Physics, Umeå University is offering a postdoctoral fellowship within a project concerning hydrothermal synthesis of new materials under high pressure.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: May 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 300 000 SEK per year

Department of Physics

Umeå University (UMU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate qualifies as a postdoctoral fellow. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances, and relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent, in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, or relevant field.

Good skills in both written and spoken English are essential. The applicant should be highly motivated and have the ability to do research independently as well as with the research group. Good ability to co-operate is a prerequisite. Experience in X-ray diffraction analysis, hydrothermal analysis and high pressure experiments is a merit.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Hydrothermal processing – utilizing aqueous media at elevated temperature and pressure – provides excellent possibilities for synthesizing advanced ceramic materials, whether they are bulk single crystals or nanoparticles. Hydrothermal synthesis is usually performed between pressures of 50 to 200 atm and temperatures between 100 and 200° C. However, liquid water can exist at much higher pressures and temperatures. The aim of this project is to unlock the potential of extreme hydrothermal environments for creating truly new and unique materials. In particular, hydrothermal crystallization of aluminosilicate glasses and mesoporous silica at pressures between 10 000 and 100 000 atm is expected to yield new types of zeolite-like frameworks and dense hydroxy-oxide materials, as well as unique porous forms of quartz and coesite. The project exploits recent developments in large-volume high pressure methodology which today enables handling of one milliliter of an aqueous environment up to ca. 25 000 atm. Materials will be characterized by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and spectroscopic methods. The project is a collaboration between Umeå University and Stockholm University.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Send Email
Ref. No.: FS 2.1.6-367-22

Application Procedure

The application should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motivation for applying (max 2 pages),
  • A curriculum vitae (CV),
  • A publication list,
  • Certified copies of relevant degree certificates,
  • Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications,
  • Names and contact information of two references.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-367-22, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to [email protected]. The application can be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Application deadline is April 25, 2022.

About the Department

The Department of Physics at Umeå University conducts strong research in the areas of organic electronics, condensed matter physics, nanotechnology, photonics and theoretical physics. Please find more information

About the Employer:


The stipend is financed by Olle Engkvists stiftelse and amounts to 300 000 SEK per year (the stipend is tax-free).

The project is for two years starting in May 2022, or as agreed.

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Contact details

For more information, please contact Ove Andersson, [email protected], tel:+46 90 7865034.

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