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Postdoctoral researcher in hydrogen in materials

Published 2024-06-17

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over nine divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 100 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities. Read more on www.physics.uu.se

In the Materials Physics division within the Department of Physics and Astronomy comprehensive research activities target a better understanding of the physics governing the interaction of hydrogen and different material systems. The activities comprise of synthesis of relevant systems, investigations of the kinetics pf hydrogen absorption and release as well as the structural changes induced by these processes. The mainly experimental activities instrumentation using X-ray, neutron and ion beams is commonly employed.

Uppsala University hereby declares a Postdoctoral researcher position, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to be open for application. A successful applicant is expected to work in basic and applied physics of hydrogen in materials. The candidate is expected to employ keV and MeV ion beams as both analytical tool and means for materials modification. Engagement in developing advanced data analysis is expected. Applied research conducted mainly for ultra-thin film systems of relevance in electronics, optics, for hard coatings and in related interdisciplinary projects can be part of the working duties. Taking over responsibilities in collaboration projects with industry is anticipated. Supervision of undergraduate and PhD-student projects can be part of the working duties. The work will be of primarily experimental character.

The project is focused on experimental studies to link structure and composition in complex material systems relevant to studies of hydrogen in matter to their physical properties as well as macroscopic functionality using ion beams with keV and MeV energies. More specifically, this will include:

  • Experiments to measure structure and composition in complex material systems on the micro- and nanoscale and link it to their physical properties as well as macroscopic functionality.
  • Experiments to better understand the fundamental principles governing ion-solid interaction
  • Synthesis and modification of material systems relevant for the studies named above.
  • Handling and development of large-scale instrumentation for non-destructive materials analysis.
  • Handling and analysis of complex experimental data, evaluation and simulation with e.g. Monte-Carlo and Molecular Dynamics approaches.

PhD degree in physics or engineering or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in physics or engineering. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Earlier research activities targeting hydrogen in materials are required. Experience using ion beams with keV or MeV ion energies in fundamental and applied research are required. Well-documented research experience using ion beams and handling ion beam instrumentation for material research, fundamental studies or materials modifications is expected.

It is expected that the successful candidate has the personal capabilities necessary to fully carry out the duties of the appointment.

Additional qualifications
A good fundamental understanding of ion-solid interaction is considered an advantage.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of least two years according to central collective agreement. Full time position. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

About the application
Applications should include a brief description of research interest and past experience, a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of your Master thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. The candidates are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

For further information about the position, please contact: Daniel Primetzhofer, daniel.primetzhofer@physics.uu.se

Please submit your application by 31 July 2024, UFV-PA 2024/2001.

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