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PhD in Energy Storage Research with focus on spectroscopic techniques, Sweden


PhD position in Energy Storage Research with focus on spectroscopic techniquesat the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Starting date: October 1 2016. Research division: Molecular- and Condensed Matter Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is the second largest at Uppsala University with more than 360 employees and 11 different divisions and is situated at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala.


Project description: Largely driven by the concerns on global warming the energy system is currently undergoing important changes. One such area is energy storage. In energy storage systems, such as the Li-ion battery, the conversion between chemical and electrical energy occurs through chemical reactions at the interface between a solid (electrode) and a liquid (electrolyte). These reactions influence the safety and long-term stability of the battery, and are vital for the development of better batteries for e.g. electric vehicles. The worldwide efforts in this development have now reached a stage where an understanding of the fundamental processes on the atomic level is critical.  X-ray based spectroscopy is a key tool for such understanding. In this area, much of our current understanding of the reaction comes from investigations of battery electrodes performed under ultra high vacuum (UHV), an environment much different from that of the real system. Recent advances in x-ray spectroscopic techniques, e.g. ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy (APPES), hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), and high resolution resonant inelastic scattering (RIXS), now allows for measurements at more realistic conditions including the presence of liquids during experiments. This means that the interplay between the solid and the liquid part of the battery can be measured, and more importantly it also allows for studies of battery electrodes during charge and discharge.

The main focus of the PhD-student will be to use and develop the new opportunities in X-ray based spectroscopy to obtain atomic level information of key interfaces in battery applications. Experiments will partly be conducted at large scale synchrotron facilities e.g. the new MAX IV laboratory in Lund, Sweden, Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, USA.

Research environment: The research at the Division of Molecular- and Condensed Matter Physics concerns the part of physics that examines matter and processes at the atomic level. The division is renowned for the development of synchrotron radiation instrumentation and methodology, and has a strong collaboration with the MAX IV laboratory in Lund. The division is well placed in collaboration with material and applied scientist allowing the candidate to work in a very interdisciplinary environment.

Employment: The position will start October 1st October 2016, or on a date mutually agreed upon. A Ph.D. position is a four-year appointment. Further information is available at

Application: The applicant is expected to have a Master’s degree in physics or chemistry, or equivalent. A strong command of English is a prerequisite. You should be motivated and well organized and have an interest in the subject related to the position. Knowledge about atomic and molecular physics is a merit. The application should include motivations for applying for the PhD position, a statement of interest and experiences for the related research (approx. 2 pages). The applications should also include CV, a copy of the Masters diploma and a verified list of course grades. If available, a Master’s thesis (finished or in draft form) can be included. Also, two letters of recommendation should be included in the application.

Interviews will be held continuously during the application period.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Pay: According to local contracts for PhD students

Starting: 2016-10-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary PhD position ending after 4 years.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact 
Maria Hahlin, Ph: +46-(0)184713616, email

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2016-09-23, UFV-PA 2016/2460.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 23 September 2016

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