and studies of catalytic interfaces at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 2019-04-01.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world's most
dynamic capitals. The University has more than 34 000 students, 1600 doctoral
students and 5000 staff active within natural sciences, the humanities and the social

The Department of Physics is one of the largest departments and supports a broad
range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 230
employees of which 90 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited.
The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which, apart from the
Department of Physics, houses the Department of Astronomy (SU), the Physics
Departments and the Division of Theoretical Chemistry at the Royal Institute of
Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

Research area

The research group XSoLaS at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University
have a postdoctoral fellow opening for an outstanding individual to conduct
theoretical studies, development and modeling to support and guide a world-leading
experimental effort in the area of fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis
with a focus on CO 2 reduction to abate climate change and promote a sustainable
energy future. The theoretical modeling will relate to cutting edge ultrafast
spectroscopy and x-ray spectroscopy performed at various x-ray laser and
synchrotron radiation sources where we will also investigate the importance of
energy dissipative processes through electron-hole-pair excitations as new bonds are
formed. One aim is to understand reaction mechanisms, chemical bonding and
hydrogen bonding at the solid-liquid interface during electro catalytic CO 2 reduction
based on measurements and modeling of catalytic activity as well as probing with x-
ray absorption and emission spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

The XSoLaS research group ( at the Department of
Physics, Stockholm University focuses on fundamental reactivity at surfaces, electro
catalysis and hydrogen bonding in liquids. The project is connected to a larger
program with other participants at the Department of Physics and Stanford
University that involves theoretical calculations and ultrafast optical spectroscopy
that complement x-ray based experiments. The successful applicant will be expected
to contribute to this larger environment, spend some time and conduct research in
collaboration with the partners at Stanford University.

Qualification requirements

Scholarship for conducting postdoctoral studies can be awarded for up to two years
within five years after PhD or equivalent.

Assessment criteria

A suitable background is a PhD in theoretical chemistry or physics and a background
in theoretical electrochemistry, surface chemistry and/or ultrafast spectroscopy,
theoretical x-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation with a focus on surfaces or
condensed phase studies.
The assessment is based on documented theoretical knowledge relevant to the area,
knowledge of and experience in theoretical techniques and methods, analytical skills,
ability to work well in groups as well as independently, and personal commitment.
Strong motivation is considered a key component for a successful outcome of the
postdoctoral research. Applicants are invited to enclose documents certifying
qualifications and competences, i.e. knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the
application. Letters of recommendation and interviews will be used to assess the
applicant's qualifications.

The scholarship

The postdoc scholarship is for one year full time that can be extended by a second
year. Starting date as soon as possible or per agreement.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination with equal
opportunities for all.


For more information about the scholarship, please contact Prof. Lars G.M.
Pettersson,, or the Head of the Department Sven Mannervik,


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Prof. Lars G.M. Pettersson,
Your complete application must be received no later than 2019-04-01. Mark your
application with reference number SU-0160-18.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for two reference persons who will send recommendation letters.

Important: Your academic referees should send their recommendation letters no
later than the application deadline, via email to Prof. Lars G.M. Pettersson,

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of
  • 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
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

You are welcome to apply!

Reference number SU-0160-18

Closing date 2019-04-01.