Postdoctoral Scholarship in Materials and Environmental Chemistry


at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry. Closing date: 31 December 2019.

Stockholm University is one of the world’s leading education institutes. Here more than 35,000 students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences. The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK – is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Natural Sciences with about 150 employees.
MMK is a leading institution in materials synthesis and processing, structural characterization and materials applications. It compromises the research areas physical chemistry, inorganic and structural chemistry, and materials chemistry, the latter is one of the leading research areas of Stockholm University. Important characterization methods at the department today are X-ray, electron and neutron scattering, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and various spectroscopic methods.

Project description

The 2-year project “Sustainable Methods for Retrieval of Valuable Chemicals from Plastics and Biopolymers” is centered at the depolymerization of i) biopolymers by means of electrochemical methods, ii) waste from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production and iii) plastics in the form of polyethylene (PE). The depolymerization of PET and PE will be based on heterogeneous and/or homogeneous catalysts.

Main responsibilities

The position involves synthesis and characterization of new catalysts and methods. This will include advanced synthetic strategies and characterization methods.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral scholars are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science.< /p>

Assessment criteria

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary group and should therefore be a good team player with experience to supervise students. Applicants must have strong communication skills with excellent knowledge in English, both written and spoken.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. The selection is based primarily on scientific excellence and experience in the relevant fields.

Terms of employment

The position involves a postdoctoral scholarship for 2 years (24 500 SEK per month; a scholarship is not subject to taxation) that is awarded by the Carl Trygger Foundation. The start date is per agreement with the Principal Investigator (Assistant Professor Adam Slabon). Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the principal investigator,
Adam Slabon (Assistant Professor), email: and from the group website


Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s 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.

Please include the following information with your application
• Your contact details and personal data
• Your highest degree
• Your language skills
• Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents
• Cover letter
• CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
• Copy of PhD diploma
• Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
• Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Stockholm, Sweden
Job Info
Job Status: Open
Date Posted: December 11, 2019
Expiry Date: 2019-12-31
Job Type: Other
Job Level: Any
Salary Info
Salary Type: Negotiable
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