PhD studentship position for Testing activity of small clusters to nanometer sized catalysts for methanol synthesis

Updated: 2 months ago

We are seeking the ESR 11 (doctoral student) of our recently funded Marie Sklodowska Curie-ITN CATCHY project on the “Design, implementation and production upscaling of novel, high-performance, multimetallic cluster-based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and electroreduction ”.

The successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Master degrees. He/she should also be well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. Candidates for the PhD positions should have a Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science by the time they commence the project. Candidates who has shown interest/had experience in the surface science/catalysis/electrochemistry approach will be preferred.

The ESR 11 at Surface Physics & Catalysis (SURFCAT) at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will be in charge of producing and testing mass-selected bi- and multimetallic clusters deposited on microreactors for methanol synthesis.

This work includes investigating the response to changes composition and size and ultimately understand how we can tune and improve the selectivity.

The candidate will further characterize the bi- and multimetallic clusters using e.g. X-ray absorption measurements under working conditions at the Swiss Light Source with our Paul Scherrer Institute partner in Switzerland. The candidate will also be trained in computational modelling of clusters under reactions mimicking the microreactor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.

Three periods of 1-2 months of mobility (secondment) at our EU partners are foreseen.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU, for example in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide . 

Salary and appointment terms
Please check the employment conditions at .The PhD positions are for 3 years and the PhD thesis must be delivered during this period.

The starting date is soon as possible.

Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect . 

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Associate Professor Christian Danvad Damsgaard, .

Your online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 and you shouldapply online BOTH at and  

Please pay attention to the specific application conditions at and . 

Applications must be submitted as one and one onlyPDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. Multiple files will not be considered. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file and one file ONLY. The file must include:

  • A cover letter motivating the application. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas
  • Mandatory excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here )
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having obtained their Master with an acceptable grade, 10 or 12.

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

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