PhD position at Stockholm University: Solid-State NMR on Biomaterials

The Department of Materials- and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Natural sciences with about 140 employees. The research activities of MMK are in the areas of Materials and Solid-state Chemistry focusing on different classes of materials; e.g. ceramics and glasses, self-assembled and porous materials, and soft matter. The work often encompasses synthesis, characterisation by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, NMR studies, modelling with computer simulations of materials with a potential for various applications. Environmental aspects are an important part of the research activities.

Project description

Our research is focused on developing and using solid-state NMR spectroscopy for characterizing structurally disordered inorganic materials, primarily glasses and porous materials. This project involves application of both routine and advanced solid-state NMR experimentation for probing the structures of synthetic biomaterials of potential use as bone/tooth implants, encompassing bioactive glasses and phosphate-based cements. The structural studies aim at improving the understanding of the relationships between the composition, structure, and bioactivity of the material, with the longer-term goal that the established correlations will directly assist a rational material design strategy. The project will also involve the exploration of the similarities/differences between bone mineral and the biomimetic hydroxy-carbonate apatite forming when the biomaterial is exposed to simulated body fluids, where the emphasis is on the structural role of the carbonate ions.

While the Ph.D project will be focused on solid-state NMR experimentation, it will also involve glass synthesis, bioactivity-testing in simulated body fluid, as well as usage of other characterization techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. We particularly encourage students with background in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics to apply. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated person with a passion for solving challenging scientific problems.

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Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.


In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of  Chemistry is valid. Those studies should include at least one specialized course or a thesis in the research subject. In order to facilitate the evaluation of merits and suitability for the PhD studies yourcurriculum vitae (CV) should contain information about the extent and focus of the academic studies. The quantity (as part of an academic year) and the quality mark of courses in chemistry and physics are of particular interest. Please, state titles of undergraduate theses and project works.


Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle program may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training. 


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training provided by the graduate school A committee will go through the applications and rank after the applicants capacity to benefit from a PhD education. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position. A short list will be set up and interviews with the top candidates will be carried out at the department or via internet.


Economic support for the PhD studies are guarantied for full time studies during the time period agreed on in the individual study plan. The studies does normally mean four years full time studies. You are encouraged to contact the project leader for more information about the project. For general information about the Department of Materials- and Inorganic Chemistry please contact Professor Gunnar Svensson (head of department),


Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:



For more information, please contact Mattias Edén; E-mail:


Instructions for applicants are available at:


Ref. No: SU FV-0985-17    

Supervisor: Prof. Mattias Edén,