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Prominent Postdoctor in Engineering Materials Project: Material Processing and Characterization for CO2 Capture and Utilization using renewables

Luleå, SE
Full time
Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students. In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

For you with great ambitions in research as well as in teaching and learning, Luleå University of Technology offers the best opportunities for a future career with us.

The Division of Materials Science at Luleå University of Technology invites highly motivated candidates with an interest in conducting research in Engineering Materials with a focus on design of materials for carbon capture and utilization on a postdoctoral position. The research subject Engineering Materials has ongoing research programs that span broad research areas in metallic and ceramic materials (high-temperature intermetallic, space materials, high-strength steels, porous ceramic materials and materials intended for energy recovery). The division is part of the Department of Engineering Science and Mathematics. At the department, there are several other research topics with activities that border on material technology, such as machine elements and solid mechanics. In the undergraduate program, the main two programs focusing on international profile of the Division of Materials Science are important for the department, namely the EEIGM master's engineering program and the AMASE master's program. Within these educations, many students perform project work and degree projects in projects related to our research. The research subject of Engineering Materials consists of five senior researchers, two technicians and nine doctoral students.

Engineering materials includes the field of material composition, structure, properties and production of materials – mainly metallic and ceramic – as well as application aspects.

The purpose of the project is to synthesize and process sorbents and catalysts to contribute to rapidly developing research areas of hydrogen storage and transport, decarbonization of CO2 extensive industries and CO2 utilization. To accomplish this, you will design, synthesize, and characterize novel sorbents and catalysts for carbon dioxide capture and conversion using renewable hydrogen and ammonia. You will develop the research capacity on the utilization of hydrogen as energy carrier and activities on developing catalysts and ultra-porous materials for safe chemical storage and transportation and its use to in carbon dioxide utilization to produce value added chemicals. The experimental work is expected to take place mainly at Luleå University of Technology in the department of materials science equipped with processing laboratories, SEM, DSC, TGA, characterization of mechanical property and has access to X-ray diffraction systems with high temperature. A new catalytic reactor setup will be in place for characterization in December 2022. The project is planned to start from February 2023 and last for two years.

Working as a postdoctoral will give you great opportunities to define your daily tasks and how they are to be carried out. You will act and train as a project manager and this is combined with your own education and development.

The position includes a short development programe comprising pedagogical teaching and learning, leadership development, communication training and training in how to apply for external funding. There are also opportunities to apply for funding for specific laboratory equipment.

In order to be eligible for employment you must have a doctoral degree in materials science, chemistry or chemical engineering. You must also have good knowledge, experience and a good publication report on porous materials. You must be good at written and oral English. Experience in processing science, porous materials and synthetic chemistry is an advantage.

Full-time fixed term employment for two years. Place of employment is Luleå. Luleå University of Technology offers support to facilitate your relocation.

For further information please contact Professor Farid Akhtar, farid.akhtar@ltu.se

Union representatives:SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 kjell.johansson@ltu.se, OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below where you attach a personal letter as well as a CV / curriculum vitae, diploma and a research plan on one page to complete the project. Please mark your application with the reference number below. Applications and diplomas must be written in Swedish or English.

Closing day for applications: December 15, 2022
Reference number: 4648-2022