PhD positions in Computational Electrocatalysis

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PhD scholarships are available in the Catalysis Theory Center in the Physics Department of the Technical University of Denmark. We are motivated by the vision of sustainable energy conversion and storage based on catalysis.  We offer a positive, supportive and international research environment, and we value diversity, creativity, personal growth, and impact.

The PhD scholarships will focus on:

  • DFT-based mechanistic analysis and the development of kinetic and transport models of electrochemical processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals from e.g. CO2 and biomass
  • The development of a fundamental understanding of electrochemical processes at the liquid-solid interface.

The PhD projects often involve close collaboration with experimental groups or industry.

Candidates have a master's degree in physics, chemistry or engineering, or possibly a degree in computer science or informatics, with an academic level equivalent to a master's degree in engineering.

An ideal candidate:

  • Is academically curious and thinks deeply and creatively 
  • Communicates well in both written and spoken English
  • Is empathetic, kind, has great social skills, and enjoys working with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Takes responsibility for progress and quality of projects
  • Has some experience in computational/theoretical physics or chemistry and related areas.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Karen Chan.

Salary and appointment terms
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 starting monthly salary for a PhD student is around DKK 30,500 (ca. €4100 or $4500) including pension contribution.

The period of employment is 3 years, and the PhD project will be carried out at the DTU Lyngby Campus, which is located about 20 minutes from the center of Copenhagen.

The start date is flexible and ideally around 1 June 2020. Please state desired start dates in your cover letter.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Karen Chan at .

Please submit your online application no later than 20 April 2020 (23:59 local time). Please do not send applications by email. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file includes: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • List of 2 references who can be contacted by phone or email 

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

We are committed to increasing diversity in science and especially encourage applications from female, non-binary, and LGBTQ candidates and other under-represented groups. We welcome applications from candidates of any age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality.

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