Postdoc in new solvent extraction chemistry for used lithium batteries


Information about the research post

The aim of the project is to develop amd test new extraction reagents for metal recovery from used lithium containing batteries. Co-operation with the partners in other eurpoean countreis will be required. The person will need to do both synthesis and solvent extraction work. The solvent extraction work can be taught to a synthetic chemist.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as a post-doctoral fellow is to conduct research which will focus on the development of new solvent extraction chemistry for metals in lithium batteries. You will be required to design, make and characterise the new reagents. You will also be required to do solvent extraction experiments with them. You will also need to document the progress you have made in the form of written reports and scientific papers. Another important aspect involves collaboration with the other partners in the LIMEX project and with society at large.

Position summary

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


You must have a PhD. You must have excellent knowledge of English and proven experience as an experimental worker in a chemical laboratory. An ability to write scientific articles would be a great advantage. As a person you have to be self-motivated and have an ability to solve problems along with an ability to collaborate with others. The most important personal characteristic is to be open to new ideas and willing to learn new skills.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. An ability to communicate in Swedish would be an advantage but is not essential.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

About Chalmers and the department

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas. Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”. We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Our offer to you

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190476 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

• CV, include complete list of publications

• Preevious employment, education, training and quailfications

• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-3 pages where you:

• Introduce yourself

• Describe your previous research fields and main research results

• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 7 October, 2019

For questions, please contact:

Associate Professor Mark R.StJ. Foreman, Energy and Materials,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!




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