Postdoc position for Heterogenous Catalysis

DTU Fysik
torsdag 05 apr 18

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Frist 23. april 2018
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VILLUM FONDEN have granted 150 million DKK over the next 8 years to “The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN). The clear aim of 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.

The post-doc will work under the sub-project thermal catalysis for conversion of CO2, CO, and N2 into fuels and chemicals. The work will be based on strong interaction with the theory group, which is screening for new materials using DFT calculations for determining optimal catalysts. The project aims at synthesizing the most interesting candidates and testing them towards their ability to make for example methanol, higher alcohols, or ammonia. The work may also involve fundamental investigation of mass-selected nanoparticles, test of the same in our micro-reactor platform (loadings 100-300ng), and test of heterogeneous catalysts under more conventional condition e.g. high-pressure set-up with 100-300 mg loadings. The work may also involve use of a UHV system equipped with XPS, ISS, TPD and a high- pressure cell for testing reactivity of the catalysts under realistic conditions. 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 therefore mandatory that the candidate has extensive experience working with thermal heterogeneous catalysis and is experience with UHV based methods such as STM, XPS, AES. Having experience with combining UHV and high-pressure cells is considered a particular great advantage.

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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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years. The position is available from 1 June 2018. 

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Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics please inspect

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff,, Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard, or Associate Professor Christian Danvad Damsgaard,  

Please submit your online application no later than 23 April 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 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. (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 2-3 references

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

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

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