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OPEN POSITIONS Phd student in atmospheric chemistry

Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied here impact on our natural environment and living systems. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy.
A third cycle education at our department will lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences, or Natural sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry. Ph.D. studies comprises four years at the post graduate level. The time period can be extended to five years in total through teaching and/or other departmental duties.

Our atmospheric science constellation is unique in Sweden in that it takes a molecular approach to transport and reaction processes in the atmosphere. A unifying focus is the study of aerosols, with activities ranging from fundamental studies of chemical reactions on the molecular level, to applied work including field studies of atmospheric processes, their importance to current climate and air quality research.  The research contributes to developments in the fields of colloidal chemistry, nanotechnology, medicine as well as development of traffic related chemistry and sustainable development in developing countries. The atmospheric science group is contributing significantly to the strategic research area MERGE (ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system). More details on our research can be found at http://cmb.gu.se/english/research/environmental-chemistry/atmospheric-science

Job assignments

A PhD position in Sweden consist of research training within a research project and by a set of courses with ambitions to achieve necessary skills related to the research but also other skills beneficial for a future. This specific position is dedicated to research education based on field and laboratory experiments at Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry and molecular biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and at our new research station in India investigating the formation and transformation of Brown carbon. The student will have to spend time at the Indian station for some of the field and lab measurements. Our research station in India is a residential-cum-research facility in rural region of Indo Gangetic Plains below the Himalayan foothill. The PhD student will be trained in applications using the state-of-the-art instruments including photo acoustic soot spectrometer with 3 wavelength (PASS3) and High-Resolution Chemical Ionization ToF-MS (HR-CI-ToF-MS) with a special designed inlet to identify and quantify organic molecules both in the gas and particle phase, in addition to general instrumentations for air quality and aerosol studies. The project involves challenges in understanding formation, properties and occurrence of brown carbon from e.g. biomass burning coupled to identification of absorbing molecular compounds either directly emitted or produced by oxidation of compounds from both biogenic and anthropogenic sources. The job assignments are benefitting of skills in evaluation and applications of e.g. Matlab and Labview software. Furthermore experimental work includes applications where technical skills are appreciated.   


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:
A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.
*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education
The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.
The Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their previous academic records and expertise in the atmospheric chemistry, specifically in atmospheric brown carbon research. Research experience relevant to the project and interests in the field works in India and China will be preferred.  Applicant will be shortlisted on the basis of their credentials and the best candidates interviewed for the final selection. Assessment will be based on equal opportunities and documented records.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Four years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment:  1 February 2018

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.
A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.
University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.


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)
Information about the appointment procedure

For further information regarding the position

Ravi kant Pathak, Researcher, +46 (0)31-786 9095 ravikant.pathak.gu.se 
Göran Hilmersson, Head of Department +46 (0) 31-786 9022, hilmers@chem.gu.se
Martin Billeter, Director of third cycle education, +46(0) 31-786 3925, martin.billeter@gu.se
Helena Bergkvist, Human Resources Administrator +46 (0) 31-786 9116, helena.bergkvist@gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Closing date December 15 2017
The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.
Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.
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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