Postdoc in surface molecular spectroscopy of ion specific effects

WorkplaceStockholm, Södermanland, Sweden
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School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The division of Surface and Corrosion Science at the Chemistry department is now looking for a Postdoc who will work together with Prof. Eric Tyrode.
The position is located at the School of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH)
at KTH.

Job description

The aim of the project is to obtain systematic molecular evidence of the interactions of selected ions with model aqueous interfaces of biophysical, geophysical, and electrochemical relevance. A particular effort will be made to understand the properties of surface hydrated protons (Nat Commun 11, 493, 2020). The experimental results will play a key role in endorsing, disproving, or extending emerging new theories on ion-specific effects, which understanding is considered in physical chemistry to be "as important in the scheme of things as Mendel’s work to genetics". [Chem. Rev. 2012,112, 2286]. The surface molecular information will be obtained using mainly the non-linear surface-sensitive technique Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy (VSFS or VSFG), currently available in our state of the art facilities. The project will involve collaboration with different research partners both in Sweden and abroad. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the collaborative writing of high-impact papers and project deliverables.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, in a subject relevant for the research, such as surface chemistry, physical chemistry or physics. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research expertise in linear and non-linear vibrational spectroscopy, physical chemistry and /or surface chemistry.
  • Specific knowledge in vibrational spectroscopy and sum frequency spectroscopy / non-linear optics.
  • Ability to inform about research and development work, as well as experience in developing and leading activities.
  • Good collaborative abilities, as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Good command of the English language in both its written and spoken forms, since it is required in the daily work.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

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Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies.
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position). Max. two pages long.
  • Contact details of 3 academic references.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment
Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type
Full time

First day of employment
According to agreement

Monthly salary

Number of positions

Working hours


Stockholms län


Reference number

  • Prof. Eric Tyrode, Tel.+46(8)7909915,


Last application date
27.Jul.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2316346.