PhD Scholarships in Theoretical Catalysis and Accelerated Computational Discovery of Clean Energy Materials

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A number of PhD scholarships will be offered at the Department of Physics (DTU Physics) and Department of Energy Conversion and Storage (DTU Energy) in connection with the newly established Catalysis Theory Center and the section for Atomic Scale Modelling and Materials.

The PhD scholarships will focus on:

  • Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations combined with machine learning techniques for accelerated/autonomous discovery of clean energy materials, e.g. novel electrocatalysts for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals and next-generation battery materials.
  • DFT-based mechanistic analysis and the development of coupled kinetic-transport models of electrochemical processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals
  • The development of a fundamental understanding of the theory of heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis chemical processes at the gas-solid and liquid-solid interface.
The PhD projects will be carried out in close collaboration with leading international computational and experimental groups, as well as industry, and you will be employed either at DTU Physics or DTU Energy, depending on the specific project and your scientific profile.

Qualifications
Candidates should 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.

A successful candidate:
  • has good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • is able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of projects.
We favour candidates with experience in computational/theoretical physics, chemistry and related areas.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
 
Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Karen Chan, Professor Tejs Vegge, and Professor Jens K. Nørskov.
 
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 3 years, and the PhD project will be carried out at DTU Lyngby Campus.

The expected start date is 1 September 2018 or soon thereafter.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Karen Chan kchan@fysik.dtu.dk, Professor Tejs Vegge at teve@dtu.dk or Professor Jens K. Nørskov at jkno@dtu.dk.

Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses. Instead, please apply online as described below.

You can read more about DTU Energy at www.energy.dtu.dk/english and DTU Physics at www.fysik.dtu.dk/english.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 15 August 2018 (local time).

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 must include:
  • 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)

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

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.