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

Job description

Hydrogen is expected to be a key component in a future fossil-free society in sectors of energy, transportation and industrial production of chemicals and materials. The research centre PUSH (Production, Use and Storage of Hydrogen) addresses scientific and technical hurdles impeding the widespread use of hydrogen, by combining activities on production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen, in a single coordinated research effort. Researchers at KTH, Lund University, Umeå University, Chalmers University of Technology and at the institute RISE will lead this challenging work.

A postdoctoral position is available to study the kinetics and dynamics of catalytic dehydrogenation reactions of liquid organic hydrogen carriers using the newly developed Near-Ambient Pressure Velocity Map Imaging technique developed at KTH

The post holder will work closely with Dan Harding and other members of the research group and will be expected to display the initiative and creativity, together with the appropriate skills and knowledge, required to lead and develop the experiment to meet the project goals.

The post holder is therefore expected to have experience and familiarity with the techniques used in the study of chemical dynamics and kinetics, including experimental expertise in vacuum and laser systems as well as strong data analysis and simulation skills. The post holder is expected to be able to work effectively both as part of a small research team and independently, and to aid in the supervision of graduate students within the group.

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
  • Work in Stockholm, close 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 Chemistry, Physics, or closely related field (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Materials Science). This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Experience and expertise in at least one of the following: chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics, data analysis and modeling, laser spectroscopy, (ultra)high vacuum instruments, surface science techniques, mass spectrometry and charged particle optics, or similar.
  • The ability to work in English (written and spoken)
  • Research expertise
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Experience and expertise in the following: chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics, data analysis and modeling, laser spectroscopy, (ultra)high vacuum instruments, surface science techniques, mass spectrometry and charged particle optics
  • Enthusiasm to push and develop new experimental methods
  • Programming skills (preferably in Python)
  • Teaching abilities

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

Trade union representatives

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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. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2023-0623
  • Dan Harding,
Published 24.Mar.2023
Last application date 14.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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