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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry with focus on Planetary Geochemistry and Spectroscopy

The Umeå University Department of Chemistry offers several fellowships for Ph.D. students. The award amount is kr 312000, and the number of awards varies yearly. Eligible students include those enrolled in the doctoral degree program or a foreign degree program deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree at Umeå University. Fellowships are awarded based on the student’s academic merit and potential to contribute to the field of study. Priority is given to students pursuing studies in chemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, geosciences, or physics. International students are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 30 September 2022

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Brief Description

  • Organization: Umeå University
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Course level: PhD
  • Award Amount: KR 312000
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Subject: Chemistry, Planetary Science, Astrobiology, Geosciences, or Physics
  • Nationality: International Students
  • Eligible Countries: Sweden students are eligible to apply.
  • Eligibility: Students can apply for a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree offered at Umeå University.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry with focus on Planetary Geochemistry and Spectroscopy

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The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to perform several laboratory experiments, mainly using vibrational spectroscopy, to study the role of salts in geological processes on Mars. Additionally, the postdoctoral fellow will participate in designing, data acquisition, and analysis processes related to the potential preservation of organic salts in Martian soils – which could signify ancient life on the planet.

This is a unique opportunity to learn high-end techniques, especially cryogenic studies, and build a scientific network in astrobiology and planetary science. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of the newly-established Ye? Elba? Lab at Umeå University. You will integrate into the Molecular Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry research environments of the Department of Chemistry and get full access to our newly developing laboratory and various analytical platforms of the Chemical and Biological Center.

The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate with external research groups and attend international meetings and conferences. Furthermore, the Umeå Postdoc Society (UPS) presents a very active and lively postdoc community environment for postdocs at Umeå University.

Eligibility

To qualify as a postdoctoral scholarship holder, the postdoctoral fellow must have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral one. This qualification requirement must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the decision about the scholarship recipient.

Priority is given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree before that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organizations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area. If so, this must be clearly stated in the application.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in (geo)chemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, geosciences, or physics. Very good skills in written and spoken English are required.

We seek a highly motivated, analytical, and problem-solving candidate who can make progress in their projects independently and has excellent project management and organization skills, as well as communication. The candidate should have previous experience with vibrational spectroscopy techniques and be familiar with data analysis. Experience in ice chemistry research and geological materials is merit.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter (max. two pages) describing your previous research experience relevant to the project, along with your CV and publication list. Additionally, please include verified copies of your doctoral degree certificate or documentation that clarifies when you are expected to obtain your doctorate, any other relevant diplomas, completed academic courses and grades, and your doctoral thesis. Finally, please provide the contact information for three references.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.7-1521-22, both in the file name and in the email’s subject field, to [email protected] The application can be written in English (preferably) or Swedish.

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