Postdoc position for developing new ORR/OER catalysts

Updated: about 2 months ago

VILLUM FONDEN have granted 150 million DKK over the period 2016-2024 to “The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN). The clear aimof the centre is to phase out fossil fuels and thereby alleviate the negative impact the continuous use these have on the earth’s climate and environment.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The postdoc will work under the electrochemical sub-group on searching for new and efficient electrocatalysts for ORR and OER. The main objective is to synthesize and test new catalysts for these two processes and interact with the cluster group synthesizing mass-selected nanoparticles. The work will be based on strong interaction with the theory group headed by Jens Nørskov, which is screening for new materials using DFT calculations for determining optimal catalysts.

The work will involve fundamental investigation of electro-catalysts using RRDE setup but also our newly developed sniffer setup that combines mass spectrometry with electrochemistry. Experience with surface science methods is considered a must.  Visiting large scale facilities such as synchrotrons for EXAFS and High-pressure XPS measurements may also be envisioned.

The successful candidate is well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidate should have a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. A significant part of V-SUSTAIN takes place at the section for Surface Science and Catalysis (SurfCat) at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). It is mandatory that the candidate has extensive experience with electrochemical testing and experience with UHV-based methods such as STM, XPS, AES will be appreciated.

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 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 period of employment is initially for 1 year. The position is available from beginning of 2021.

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 Professor Ib Chorkendorff or Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard    

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 February2021 (Danish time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file and onePDF file ONLY containing all materials to be given consideration. 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. The file must include:

  • A cover letter motivating the application including describing you UHV experience. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references

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

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