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Postdoc in physical chemistry with focus on organic electrochemistry

Ref LiU-2023-00985
Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application! At the Department of Science and Technology, at the university’s Norrköping campus, we provide education and conduct research in physics and electronics, communications/logistics and media- and information technology. The department is recognised for its work in fields including logistics, visualisation and organic electronics. We combine academic excellence with fruitful collaboration with the Community. Read more at

We are now looking to appoint a postdoc in physical chemistry with focus on organic electrochemistry, placed at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE), a division of the Department of Science and Technology (Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap, ITN), Campus Norrköping.

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science.

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Research area and workplace
LOE/ITN is renowned for its world-leading research on electrochemical devices, bioelectronics, printed electronics, and nanooptics based on organic materials and involving the coupling of ion and electron movement. Currently, the research staff of LOE includes over 100 researchers (professors, senior and junior scientists, and PhD students) and offers a dynamic multidisciplinary environment, see

In our group of Organic Electrochemical Devices (OED) at LOE, we explore the conversions of biomaterials from forest, air components, and water at electrochemical interfaces aiming at green energetics. We share a common interest in exploiting the combination of electronic and ionic charge transports from mechanistic level up to device engineering for energy applications. Our research topics include organic electrochemical interfaces, oxygen and water electrocatalysis, membrane phenomena, and proton-coupled electron transfer. Our activities span the range from basic research to commercialization.
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Work assignments
A postdoc will essentially carry out research on the electrochemical hydrogenation of the realistic liquid organic hydrogen carriers in both half- and full cell configurations. A postdoc has various tasks, including reading and learning on the research topic, driving the research, designing and performing experiments, analyzing the results, writing scientific articles, presenting the research results at conferences, active participation in the group meetings.

More specifically, the research topics are:

  • electrochemistry of proton-coupled electron transfers on organic molecules;
  • design, operation, and optimization of membrane flow electrolyzers.

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School, Graduate School | WISE ( an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree with a specialization in chemistry/physical chemistry or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.  This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you.

It is considered advantageous if your doctoral degree is no older than three years at application deadline for this job. If there are special reasons for having an older doctoral degree – such as taking statutory leave – then these may be taken into consideration.

The expertise in general electrochemistry is essential. The experience in organic electrochemistry, engineering of electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells and electrolyzers, would be helpful. Oral and written communication skills in English are a requirement.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities.

The employment
This post is a temporary contract of two years with the possibility of extension up to a total maximum of three years. The position as a postdoc is full-time.

Starting date
By agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
Salaries at the university are set individually. State your desired salary in the application.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Union representatives
Information about trade union contacts can be found here.

Application procedure
Apply for this position by clicking on the button labelled “Apply” below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 31st of March, 2023.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application!
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Contact persons

Mikhail Vagin

Principal research engineer

Martina Klefbeck

HR partner


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