READVERTISEMENT: Postdoc in electrocatalysis for methane valorization

Updated: 6 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Mar 2023

The Sustain Lab at the Department of Chemistry of Aarhus University (AU) is seeking a candidate for a postdoctoral position within the field of electrocatalysis and hybrid materials. The position is for two years and will be affiliated with the recently created Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) CO2 Research Center

Starting date

The position is available from August 1st, 2023, or as soon as possible hereafter.


The postdoctoral position aims at developing novel electrocatalytic materials to drive the partial oxidation of methane into methanol. The successful candidate will be involved in the synthesis of hybrid metal-organic materials and their screening in the electrocatalytic oxidation of methane. 


The successful applicant will perform research at the interface between electrocatalysis, materials science, and synthetic chemistry. Therefore, the following profile is required:

  • The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or similar, with a strong synthetic chemistry and electrochemistry background.
  • Experience in materials chemistry, especially in surface characterization techniques, is welcome.
  • The ability to work independently and self-motivation are essential characteristics of the successful candidate. 

Who we are/the department

The Sustain Lab works at the interface of synthetic chemistry with materials science, electrochemistry, and photochemistry, to create novel catalytic solutions for clean energy and circular economy. We are affiliated with the Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC), the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), and the recently created Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) CO2 Research Center.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University ( is one of the leading European chemistry departments with broad research programs. It has a permanent staff of ~35 full and associate professors, a support staff of ~30 people, ~150 Ph.D. students and postdocs, and around 500 students.

Place of work

The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. It is a priority that the successful candidate has a personality supporting positive team work. Working in Denmark offers opportunities for a good work-life balance. English is widely spoken, though Danish is the main language of campus. English is the working language.


March 28th 2023

Contact information

For further information, please contact Asst. Prof. Alonso Rosas-Hernández (


Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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