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Postdoctoral scholarship in electrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

The successful postdoctoral candidate will join the Kärkäs group at the Division of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Research topics at the Department of Chemistry include catalysis, solar cells, solar fuels as well as synthesis and characterization of functional molecules, materials, and surfaces.

Project description

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate that can contribute with his/her own research ideas and can carry out independent research. The project concerns the design of water oxidation as well as proton/CO2 reduction catalysts for incorporation into electrochemical cells.

The postdoctoral candidate is expected to be trained in the following tasks: experimental design, data analysis and reporting of the results in a scholarly way. Furthermore, the postdoc is expected to assist in the training of junior group members, handling of practical group routines, and provide some technical assistance to the Division of Organic Chemistry in activities related to research.

The scholarship is funded by a research grant from the Futura foundation.



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline. The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field
  • Good command of the English language in both its written and spoken forms
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred qualifications

  • Extensive expertise in organometallic chemistry and/or documented experience pertaining to the synthesis of functionalized materials
  • Documented experience in working with electrochemistry is an advantage

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to . You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received no later than 2021-08-15. Mark your application with reference number C-2021-1411.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Research statement detailing your interest in this position and your academic interests (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae including your previous scientific work experience and knowledge
  • List of publications
  • Contact information for three references (with a clear indication of their relationship to you)
  • Copies 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

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position

Period: 18 months

Start date: According to agreement

Extent: Full-time

Number of positions: 1

Amount of scholarship: 27 000 SEK/month

Location: Department of Chemistry, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


Dr. Markus D. Kärkäs, Assistant Professor

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH)


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