The Department of Materials- and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is one of the largest
departments at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stockholm University with about 140
employees. The extensive research activities of MMK encompass both the development and
characterization of large groups of (functional) materials, such as catalyst materials, soft
matter and polymers, biomaterials, self-assembled and porous materials, for primarily
applications in Materials Science and Sustainable/Green Chemistry. The experimental
characterisation techniques involve X-ray and neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, NMR
and other spectroscopic techniques, along with modelling by computer simulations.
Environmental aspects are an important part of the research activities.

Project description

The research will adress synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their performance as
elctrocatalysts for water splitting. A focus during the project will be on splitting sea water that
involves several challenges in addition to splitting pure water. Characterization of the
materials will be carried out by means of e.g. powder X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy
and electrochemical measurements. The project means interdisciplinary research in the field
of inorganic and materials chemistry.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research and we invite a self-
motivated and creative individual for the position. Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral
degree equivalent to the requirements for a Swedish degree.

Assessment criteria

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

Special attention will be given to research skills in the evaluation and selection process. The
successful candidate must have documented experience in electrochemistry and either
synthesis of nanoparticles or experience of catalytic studies. The successful candidate needs to
have thorough knowledge in synthetic chemistry. The candidate must document the
experience through publication in renown, peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or a PhD
thesis in the relevant field.

Terms of employment

The position involves a fellowship for two years. The scholarship means 25 000 SEK/month.
Starting date 1 st September 2021 or as per agreement. As the position is financed via a
scholarship the position must be filled by a non-Swedish citizen with a doctor degree acquired
in another country than Sweden.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal
opportunities for all.


Further information about the postdoc can be obtained from Professor Mats Johnsson, email:
Information about the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry can be found at


The application should be submitted by E-mail to as one single PDF-file
having the name of the applicant. The file should include the following:
• Cover letter, including description of previous research interests and experience.
• CV, including list of publications.
• Contact details for 2–3 references (there is no need to upload recommendation letters online)
• Certificate of PhD degree
• Other documents you want to include.
You are welcome to apply!