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Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för naturvetenskap

Mid Sweden University is a place where people meet, find inspiration and think innovatively. Our campuses are situated in Sundsvall and Östersund, and we offer a wide range of courses and education, both on-campus and distance education. Our good relations with society ensure well-supported research and education, not least in the region.

Avdelningen för naturvetenskap har verksamheten samlad på Campus Sundsvall, där vi utbildar och bedriver forskning inom ämnena biologi, fysik, kemi, maskinteknik, teknisk design och teknisk fysik.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mid Sweden University has an open position for a postdoc at the FSCN research centre in the Materials Science/Physics group.


Fibre Science and Communication Network (FSCN) is a multidisciplinary research centre at Mid Sweden University. FSCN carries out research, creates new applications and business opportunities based on sustainable bio-materials from the forest. In the Materials Science group, where the postdoc will be active, about 20 researchers and graduate students are working with nanomaterials for green energy applications.

Job description

  • Exciting opportunity to kick-start your career in advanced battery technology
  • Address some of the most challenging problems in materials science and nanotechnology
  • Obtain experience at an internationally recognized next generation energy harvesting organization

This position requires expertise in charge transport at nanostructured materials’ liquid interfaces. As Postdoctoral Fellow, you will carry out fundamental research to gain an understanding of the mechanisms of energy harvesting in lithium ion batteries with carbon-silicon based anodes. You will be working with the fabrication and optimization of size, shape and porosity of silicon particles, as well as development of composite material to create lithium ion batteries with increased energy storage capacity and improved life-time. The work tasks include fabrication of anodes and lithium ion batteries and characterization and analysis of governing mechanisms for energy storage. Voltammetry and measurement of charge transportation in liquid, electron microscopy and surface and nanoparticle characterisation are the main analytical techniques that will be used to investigate the critical parameters.

The position is funded by The Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) and is part of the project “KM2: square kilometers of functional surfaces” led by Mid Sweden University. The successful applicant will have his or her office at Mid Sweden University, but part of the project will be carried out in collaboration with the companies Vesta Si in Ljungaverk, located a one-hour car drive from Sundsvall, and Superior Graphite, located in Sundsvall.  

Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Other duties will include generation of invention disclosures and publication of results in peer-reviewed journals. The candidate must be able to independently design and carry out experiments, as well as contribute productively as part of a multidisciplinary applied R&D team.


Minimum qualifications:

- Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university.

- PhD in chemistry, materials science, physics or a related field

Other desired qualifications, one or more of the following: - Solid understanding of electrochemistry

- Background in electrochemistry, solid state physics, or materials science

- Experience using main surface and nanoparticle characterization methods

- Experience from working with lithium ion batteries, laser processing, or synthesis of nanoparticles 

Application procedure

The employment process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 and the appointments procedure at Mid Sweden University. 

Terms of employment

From 1 April 2017, or according to agreement, until 31 March 2019.  


For further information, please contact Prof. Håkan Olin, Mid Sweden University +46 (0)10 142 8855 


Please submit your application including certified copies of merits by 17 March 2017 to or Registrator, Mid Sweden University, 851 70 Sundsvall. Mark your applications with ref no MIUN 2017/477.

Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization.

  • Type of employment
    Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Contract type
    Full time
  • First day of employment
    enligt överenskommelse
  • Salary
  • Number of positions
  • Working hours
    100 %
  • City
  • County
    Västernorrlands län
  • Country
  • Reference number
    MIUN 2017/477
  • Contact
    Håkan Olin professor, 010 142 88 55
  • Union representative
    Lollo Ljuslin, Fackförbundet ST, 010-142 79 14
    Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-142 88 09
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