Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering and Energy Materials
Uppsala University

Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering and Energy Materials

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The project deals with upgrading the instrument DREAM at ESS (European Spallation Source, in Lund ( to studies of nanomaterials and thereby increasing dramatically their use and user base. The project aims at increasing the length scales that can be probed with DREAM. We will design advanced sample environments so that the upgrading can be fully exploited. The diffractometer DREAM includes from the original design the possibility of data acquisition in two length scales (Å and nm). Some examples of possible studies that will be carried out are how the structure of batteries changes during usage or how do small cellulose fibres self-assemble.

Work description: The postdoctoral fellow will work together with a team that will focus in studying battery components with neutron scattering at both the atomic (diffraction) and nanoscopic (small angle neutron scattering, SANS) levels. The work implies comprehensive experiments with neutron scattering in neutron facilities around the world with the focus on the multiple length scale approach. The work also includes the design, development, and testing of different sample environments for the in-situ characterisation of two different types of nanomaterials such as nanocellulose and iron oxide nanoparticles.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

This position requires a doctoral degree in chemistry, materials engineering or physics with a focus on neutron diffraction. A background in x-ray diffraction, small-angle scattering, biomaterials, battery components, and/or magnetic materials is a merit.

The applicant should have very good communication skills and speak and write good English.

Applications should include CV, list of publications, copies of diplomas and other relevant documents. We recommend that you provide  contact information to at least two reference persons or attach letters of recommendation.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 2020-08-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Germán Salazar-Alvarez,

Please submit your application by 31 August 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2032.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Institutionen för materialvetenskap

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: 2020/2032

Last application date: 2020-08-31

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