Doctoral student in Chemistry (alternatively Chemistry with specialization in environmental science).

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-03528/2021

Örebro University and the School of Science and Technology are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in Chemistry (alternatively Chemistry with specialization in environmental science), concluding with a licentiate degree.

The doctoral study is positioned at the interdisciplinary Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre (MTM) at Örebro University (, which conducts state of the art applied research to advance knowledge on the fate and risks of potentially harmful chemicals to humans and the environment. The MTM Research Centre has an excellent infrastructure for biological and chemical research, including high end mass spectrometers such as high-resolution LC- and GC-qToF, GC-orbitrap, and several low-resolution LC-MS/MS and GC-MS systems. We also have specialized instruments such as supercritical fluid chromatograph, combustion-ion chromatograph (CIC) to measure organic halogens, and LC- and GC-fractionators.

Project description

The doctoral candidate will participate in a project starting summer 2021, with a focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and extractable organic fluorine (EOF) to investigate how EOF represents contamination of the entire group of highly fluorinated chemicals, and hence different action limits can be established using EOF instead of a continuously increasing number of chemicals being measured. Specific tasks include i) comparison on selectivity of different extraction methods for measuring EOF in different water samples; ii) characterization of EOF in different water samples using novel techniques; iii) method development of a sensitive method for measuring EOF in drinking water; and establishment of a standard operating protocol (SOP) for measuring EOF in water samples. The successful candidate should demonstrate knowledge in organic analytical chemistry and have interest in mass spectrometric analysis and multivariate statistics. Experience with sample preparation, total oxidizable precursor (TOP) assay and relevant oxidation process, LC-MS/MS, Q-TOF, and combustion ion chromatography analyses, as well as working in an interdisciplinary research environment are valuable merits.

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a licentiate thesis. The programme concludes with a licentiate degree and comprises 120 credits, which corresponds to two years of full-time study. There is a possibility to continue to a doctoral degree (in total 240 credits) providing that additional funding is available.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support during the study period and networking.

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is SEK 28 100 a month.

The doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students enrolled on a doctoral programme. It guarantees employment for the duration of the doctoral programme (given that the studies progress).

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to Annex 2 to the general syllabus for Chemistry.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Chemistry if he or she has received a passing grade in courses of at least 120 credits, including an independent project at the advanced course level or on the second cycle, in chemistry alternatively in a related subject area. The provision that a related subject area may provide access to the programme only applies on admission to the programme specialisations in life science or environmental science. A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.


For more information about the project, contact Associate Professor Leo Yeung (phone +46 19 301421, email This is an email address). For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Head of Chemistry Professor Tuulia Hyötyläinen (phone +46 19 303487, email This is an email address) or the Head of the Natural Science Division Mattias Bäckström, email: mattias.backstrom

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • CV
  • Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project/independent project
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Documents in other languages must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency),

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
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The application deadline is 2021-07-31. We look forward to receiving your application!

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