Two postdoc positions in Computational Catalysis

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Department of Physics at Chalmers

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Information about the research and the projects
The main theme for the research at Chemical Physics is the development of sustainable energy systems by use of heterogeneous catalysis for alternative fuel production, emission control, energy storage, and fuel cells. The research is interdisciplinary with strong connections between fundamental and applied science. Chemical Physics is a dynamic and international environment that strives for scientific excellence through teamwork and combined theoretical and experimental efforts. The division is a part of the national Competence Centre for Catalysis at Chalmers.

The theoretical activities at Chemical Physics focus on electronic structure calculations within the density functional theory together with mean-field modeling and Monte-Carlo simulations for reaction kinetics. By linking quantum mechanical calculations with kinetic modeling it is possible to bridge both length and time scales. Theoretical spectroscopy is used together with experimental observations to scrutinize fundamental reaction mechanisms and processes. We are by recruiting two post-docs strengthening our activties within kinetic modeling and and interface catalysis.

The projects will i) continue our development of methods to perform first-principle based kinetic modeling of reactions over nanoparticles and ii) increase our understanding of reactions at interfaces. The projects are supported by the Swedish Research Council and the research council FORMAS.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility is to perform research within the assigned project by doing electronic structure calculations and and/or first principles based kinetc simulations. You are expected to develop scientific ideas and concepts, and to communicate the results in oral presentations and in papers. You will be guided by the senior researchers in the projects.

Position summary
Postdoctoral position. The position is limited to one year with a possibility for one-year extension, i.e. a maximum of two years (1+1).

(1) PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
(2) Expertise in first-principles electronic structure calculations of surface reactions
(3) Experience of kinetic modeling
(4) Good communication skills in written and spoken English
(5) Able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project
(6) Skills in scripting and programming

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190536 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 1st November, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Henrik Grönbeck, Chemical Physics
Phone: +46 31 772 2963

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