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[Met-jobs] Open position: PhD-position in Atmospheric chemistry-University of Gothenburg

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Date Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:30:30 +0100

PhD in Atmospheric chemistry

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 Years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
Reference number: UR 2016/1260

Apply via our webportal. More info here:


Professor Mattias Hallquist, Atmospheric science, University of Gothenburg

Co-supervisor Adj. Professor Thomas Mentel, Forschungszentrum Juelich

Specific subject description

The PhD student will primarily work with our new High-Resolution Chemical Ionisation ToF-MS (HR-CI-ToF-MS) with a special designed inlet to identify and quantify organic molecules both in the gas and particle phase. This is a novel method that is rapidly growing in importance within atmospheric chemistry. The use of HR-CI-ToF-MS has also many applications outside the field of atmospheric chemistry making an expert in this field very attractive for further challenges.
The basic idea of this project is to apply a molecular approach to understand the chain of processes relevant to oxidation of organic compounds in the atmosphere with implications for organic aerosol formation. The organic aerosol is one of the least known fractions of the atmospheric aerosol and there is an urgent need to better understand its behavior in order to facilitate modelling descriptions of climate change and air quality.


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Additional information

Third cycle education aims to lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences or natural sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry. Ph.D studies comprises four years at the post graduate level. The time period can be extended to 5 years in total through teaching and/or other departmental duties. For more information on Third cycle education at faculty of science see

The research group

Our atmospheric science constellation is unique in Sweden in that it takes a molecular approach to transport and reaction processes in the atmosphere. A unifying focus is the study of aerosols, with activities ranging from fundamental studies of chemical reactions on the molecular level, to applied work including field studies of atmospheric processes, their importance to current climate and air quality research. The research contributes to developments in the fields of colloidal chemistry, nanotechnology, medicine as well as development of traffic related chemistry and sustainable development in developing countries.

More details on our research can be found at

Professor  Mattias Hallquist
Gothenburg Air and Climate Centre (GAC)

Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg
412 96 Gothenburg

tel: + 46 (0) 31 786 9019


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