Postdoc in Theoretical (Electro-)Catalysis – DTU Physics

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We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral candidate in the field of theoretical catalysis. The postdoc will be a member of the Catalysis Theory Center (Cattheory) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) located at the outskirts of Copenhagen. Cattheory spans two departments at DTU, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage.

Cattheory is established with the ambition to become one of the leading research centers developing the theory of heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis. This includes development of a fundamental understanding of chemical processes at the gas-solid and liquid-solid interface, as well as chemical conversion processes with special emphasis on sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Cattheory is a highly collaborative effort, internally within experimental groups at DTU and externally with other leading universities. Cattheory has a strong infrastructure and computational facility.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate must have a PhD in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or related areas as well as experience in the general area of catalysis for sustainable energy solutions. The candidate must display good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, be innovative and able to work both independently and in cross-disciplinary teams, as well as with international academic collaborators and industrial partners.

Successful candidates must document:

  • A strong background in, and an innovative approach to, catalysis theory relevant for fundamental understanding as well as the application potential of new insight
  • A strong background and interest in (electro-)catalysis and applications in sustainable energy conversion
  • Preferably a track record of academic cross-disciplinary collaboration

You will be assessed against theresponsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • International impact and experience
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 1 year.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jens K. Nørskov (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 11 April 2023 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Research background
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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