at the Department of Physics. Closing date: January 31, 2020.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world's most dynamic capitals. The University has more than 33 000 students, 1600 doctoral students and 5500 staff active within science, the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of Physics is large and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 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 (Stockholm University), 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 Department of Physics have an immediate postdoctoral fellow opening for an outstanding individual to study the mechanism of CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) under real experimental conditions using X-ray and optical spectroscopy. The fellow will combine operando tools with transient techniques to observe intermediates and identify redox changes in catalyst composition and species formed on its surface in response to an external stimulus. This project aims to deliver knowledge that leads to a sustainable CO2RR to obtain higher hydrocarbons and alcohols as an unrivalled energy resource in terms of energy density, storage and distribution.

At the Department of Physics, a group focuses on fundamental reactivity at surfaces, electro catalysis and hydrogen bonding in liquids. For more information about the project and the research group, see the following link: This new project is connected to a larger program with other participants at the Department of Physics, which involves theoretical calculations and ultrafast x-ray and optical spectroscopy.

The postdoctoral fellow will be placed at Stockholm University but is expected to travel frequently to synchrotron facilities to conduct experiments.

Scholarship terms

Postdoctoral scholarship for one year with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date as soon as possible or per agreement.

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


Qualified applicants holds a Ph.D. in chemistry or physics with a background in surface chemistry, optical spectroscopy, or x-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation, preferably with a focus on characterization of catalytic surfaces or condensed phase studies. Experience in electrochemistry and synthetic chemistry is appreciated.
The assessment is based on documented experimental knowledge relevant to the area, knowledge of and experience in instrumentation and experimental 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.


For more information about the scholarship, please contact Dr. Sergey Koroidov,, Prof. Anders Nilsson, or Prof. Tony Hansson,


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Dr. Sergey Koroidov,, Prof. Anders Nilsson, or Prof. Tony Hansson,
Your complete application must be received no later than January 31, 2020. Mark your application with reference number SU-402-2.1.9-0216-19.

The application should comprise:

  1. CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  2. Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  3. Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates
  4. Contact details for 1-2 references.


You are welcome to apply!