Stockholm University

Researcher in materials chemistry with specialisation in nanoparticle self-assembly

Stockholm University

Stockholm, Sweden

Researcher in materials chemistry with specialisation in nanoparticle self-assembly
at the Department of materials and environmental chemistry, Stockholm University.
Closing date: February 10, 2020.

Project description
We are seeking a researcher to develop our recently presented evaporation-driven poor-solvent enrichment (EDPSE) assembly method (Kapuscinski et al, Nature Comm 2019) to follow the formation, and produce complex and multifunctional nanoparticle arrays with orientational and positional order, so called mesocrystals. Nanoparticle self-assembly and mesocrystal formation will be studied in real time and attempts will be made to develop models to describe nucleation and mesocrystal growth. The research will have a strong methodological focus. Better understanding of how nanoparticles assemble has the potential to advance our understanding of crystallization in general and non-classical, particle-mediated crystallization phenomena in particular. The researcher is expected to expand the EDPSE method to different metallic, semiconductor and metal oxide nanoparticle systems. The research will focus on studies of self-assembly of anisotropic nanoparticles and mesocrystal formation by primarily time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering together with electron microscopy and modelling. The researcher is expected to lead the time-resolved SAXS measurements at different syncrotron facilities, including application for beam-time, the design and construction of suitable measurement cells and analysis of scattering data.

Assessment criteria
The selection will be based primarily on scientific excellence. Experience in nanoparticle self-assembly, nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation, and small angle X-ray scattering is required. Experience in electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and modelling is a merit. The successful candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary team of students and post‐docs and should therefore be a self-motivated researcher and a good team player with experience of large research collaborations. Applicants must have strong communication skills with excellent knowledge in English, both written and spoken.

Terms of employment
The position is a fixed-term full-time employment of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2020-04-01 or as per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Professor Lennart Bergström, telephone: +46 8 16 23 68, For general information about MMK, please contact Professor Gunnar Svensson (Head of Department),

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system:
Ref. No. SU FV-0107-20

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Quote Reference: SU FV-0107-20