Stockholm University, a modern university with a multicultural environment, is one of the world’s leading education institutes. Here more than 35,000 students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences.


Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) at Stockholm University is a leading institution in materials synthesis, processing, structural characterization and applications. It has ~140 employees with ~50 PhD students and ~30 postdoctoral fellows/researchers. The extensive research activities of MMK span over inorganic chemistry, structural chemistry, physical chemistry and materials chemistry focusing on various materials e.g. porous materials, hybrid materials, ceramics and soft matter. The department is well equipped with two transmission electron microscopes. A new monochromated double aberration-corrected 300 kV S/TEM will be installed during spring 2018. The group of Prof. Xiaodong Zou is internationally leading in the development and application of new electron crystallographic methods for structure determination of nano-sized crystals.


Project description

The project includes method developments and 3D structure characterization of various materials by transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction.


Main responsibilities

The candidate is expected to work in one or several of the following projects depending on the background of the candidate: 1) development of diffraction-based techniques for structure analysis; 2) development of HRTEM/STEM based techniques for studying 3D structures; 3) Structure determination of beam-sensitive samples such as nanoporous materials, pharmaceuticals or proteins. The candidate will work in a large group with an innovative and inspiring environment. The project includes close collaboration with synthetic chemists within the group as well as with researchers at internationally leading universities and companies.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellowship is appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. The applicants should have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences, Chemical Engineering or a related field, with strong background and extensive experience in advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques and/or crystallography.


Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.


In the appointment process, special emphasis will be given to the scientific excellence and experience in the relevant fields.

Applicants must have strong communication skills with excellent knowledge in English, both written and spoken. Good knowledge on computers and programming are desirable. The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with other researchers to achieve common goals. The candidate should have a strong collaborative and communication skill be self-motivated and a good team player.

Terms of employment

The fellowship refers a full-time scholarship for one year at MMK, with the possibility of extension for a second year. Start date 2018-03-01 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 the following PI at the Division of Inorganic and Structural Chemistry:


Professor Xiaodong Zou, telephone: +46 8 16 23 89,

For general information about MMK, please contact Professor Gunnar Svensson (Head of Department),


Application direct contact with Professor Xiaodong Zou, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, telephone: +46 8 16 23 89


Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data

  • Your highest degree

  • Your language skills

  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications

  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • Copy of PhD diploma

  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)

  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).


You are welcome to apply!