Post-doctoral position in carbon and nitrogen-based co-electrolysis

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Jan 2024

16 Nov 2023
Job Information

ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Research Field

Engineering » Chemical engineering
Physics » Other
Researcher Profile

Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

14 Jan 2024 - 12:23 (Europe/Madrid)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

ICFO is offering a postdoctoral position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to contribute advance technologies that drive the clean energy transition.

The CO2 Mitigation Accelerated by Photons group led by Prof. Dr. Pelayo García de Arquer is searching for exceptional researchers, with an excellent proven track record, to develop efficient catalyst and electrodes to convert carbon and nitrogen waste in renewable fertilizers, within the framework of the EU-EIC-funded collaborative project ICONIC.

The successful candidate will lead on the design and characterization of novel catalysts, and their implementation into nanostructured electrodes within flow cell- and MEA-based reactors. The candidate will work together with other group members and collaborators (TU Delft, TU Munich, ICMAB, ICN2, and Trinity College Dublin) to develop a new technology seeking to obtain urea from polluted water streams.

The postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to work in an EU vibrant project at the intersection of spectroscopies, electrochemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering, as well as utilize state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization facilities.

For more details, please visit the group website at: .

Research Field
Chemistry » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Research Field
Engineering » Chemical engineering
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Research Field
Physics » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in areas related to electrochemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or chemistry.

With research within the areas of CO2 electroreduction, nitrogen and nitrate electroreduction, and water electrolysis (including fundamental studies in H-cell-type reactors and ideally flow cell)

The candidate should combine proven expertise in several of the next domains:

  • Strong background in electrochemistry and chemical engineering
  • Experience in CO2 and N2/nitrate co-electrolysis (ideal)
  • Experience in CO2 electrochemistry in flow-cell and/or MEA reactors
  • Experience in nitrogen-based electrochemistries
  • Experience in gas diffusion electrodes
  • Electrode fabrication and membrane integration
  • Multiscale modeling using COMSOL
  • Strong background in analytical chemistry for product quantification


Additional Information

Salaries for ICFO Postdoctoral positions are assigned by the Selection Committee, based on experience and seniority of the applicant, as well as the assigned tasks and responsibilities within the group. Standard salaries range from a lower level aligned with national Ramon-y-Cajal fellowships to higher levels aligned with Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowships.

The contract is offered for a period of 3 years.

Additionally, a family allowance is also available on request and after corresponding approval for people with family charges in the terms described in the corresponding policy.

Eligibility criteria

ICFO is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions related to disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Selection process

Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

  • Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,
  • Curriculum Vitae, including contact details,
  • The contact e-mail of two potential referees.

Candidates will be assessed as they apply and the call will remain open until the suitable candidate is identified.

Candidates may contact [email protected]  for formal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to [email protected] .

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For updated information about ICFO, please visit .

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