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PhD student in Natural Science with a specialization in Chemistry

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: April 1 2016
Reference number: UR 2016/118

Research and graduate education at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology includes a wide range of scientific fields from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied impact our natural environment(s) and living systems. We participate in undergraduate education programs in chemistry, environmental science, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy.
Third cycle education at the department leads to a PhD in Natural Science, with a specialization in Chemistry or in Biology. The PhD program includes four years of study at the post-graduate level. The time period can be extended to a total of 5 years through teaching and/or other departmental duties.

The Atmospheric Science Group within the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology is unique in Sweden in that it takes fundamental molecular approaches to quantifying transport and reaction processes in the atmosphere. A unifying research theme is the study of atmospheric aerosol, and the research activities range from theoretical studies of chemical reactions and particle phase transitions, to applied work including field studies of fundamental atmospheric processes. The research themes are united by their importance to key issues of environmental importance, including climate and air quality.

Job assignments

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology invites applicants for a PhD position focusing on atmospheric particle phase transitions, including ice nucleation. The position will be connected to the Swedish Research Council project, "Ice Nucleation in changing Nordic and Arctic environments." The project addresses key questions in current atmospheric research and contributes to an improved description of aerosol and cloud processes, which are critical for understanding evolution of climate. A keen interest in environmental science, and theoretical and experimental physical chemistry is essential. Previous experience with Matlab, LabVIEW and/or other data analysis and instrument I/O packages is advantageous.


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

Related information

For further information please contact

Göran Hilmersson, Head of Department
+46 31 786 9022

Erik Thomson, PhD
+46 31 786 9071


Labour union

SEKO: Lennart Olsson
+46 31 786 1173

OFR/S: Anna Nilsson
+46 31 786 4300

SACO: Klas Eriksson
+46 31 786 5793

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:
- Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
- CV including scientific publications
- Copy of exam certificate
- Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent to the following address:
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Helena Bergkvist
University of Gothenburg
Box 462
405 30 Göteborg

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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