PhD student in the research education subject: Chemistry Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

PhD student in the research education subject: Chemistry

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Department of Molecular Sciences

An appointment as PhD student in research subject Chemistry is vacant at the Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala. The department has approximately 110 employees and together with two other departments forms an inspiring research environment at the BioCenter at the Ultuna campus in Uppsala. Here you will find expertise in chemistry and biotechnology, plant biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, food science, calculation-based genetics, as well as competitive infrastructure such as plant-growing facilities, advanced microscopy and molecular biology, X-ray and NMR. The department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at our website.

Synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials for bio-encapsulation and delivery


The project aims at the development of new materials for encapsulation of living cells and tissues with applications in biomedicine and agriculture. Purpose of the project is to develop nanostructured oxide materials bearing specific organic or biomolecular functions for selected purposes. It will involve the synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials, their characterization by a variety of techniques such as electron microscopy, AFM, X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction and NMR, and verification of their functional characteristics. The project will be carried out in an inspiring international environment and will involve active participation in international project meetings. One or several short research exchanges with partners abroad are foreseen.


The applicants are expected to hold an MSc degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related subject. The student should have a strong interest for and general expertise in the synthesis and characterization of materials. Experience in spectroscopic characterization techniques and an interest in Biological Applications of materials, Environmental Sciences or Coordination Chemistry are of merit. Excellent communication skills orally and in writing in English are required. Mastering Swedish language is a merit.

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100 % employment as a PhD student for 4 years

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Begins according to agreement


Welcome with your application no later than January 1, 2021.

To be eligible for postgraduate education, a degree at the advanced level or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year at the advanced level, is required. In addition, an understanding of a practice-oriented investigation and own experience of such processes is required. Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae and attached projects and texts; master thesis; personal references; sufficient knowledge of English, originality and implementation potential in project description / idea and interview.
Please note that the applicant (s) who are called for an interview must then submit certified copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at a university or college, and that the applicants who have foreign citizenship must also submit a certified copy of the page in the passport that contains photos and personal information.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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