Postdoc position in Theoretical Catalysis

torsdag 22 aug 19

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Frist 15. september 2019
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A number of Postdoc positions will be offered at the Departments Physics and Energy at the Catalysis Theory Center and the section for Atomic Scale Modelling and Materials.

Project description
The postdoctoral fellowships will focus on: 

  • Electronic structure calculations combined with machine learning techniquesfor accelerated/autonomous discovery of clean energy materials, e.g. novel electrocatalysts for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals
  • DFT-based mechanistic analysis and the development of continuum 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 candidate should hold a PhD or equivalent degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or a similar field. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in at least one of the following topics:  
  • Quantum chemical modelling of catalysis
  • Machine learning approaches to materials discovery
  • Continuum modelling of electrochemical interfaces and transport phenomena
Moreover, the successful candidate 
  • Is intellectually curious and thinks deeply and creatively
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and enjoys working in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Has good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • Works independently and efficiently and takes responsibility for progress and quality of projects
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professors Karen Chan, Thomas Bligaard,and Jens K. Nørskov.

e 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 appointment will be for 1 year. 
The position is available January 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. Please state the earliest possible starting date in the cover letter.

The monthly salary for a postdoctoral fellow at DTU is around DKK 40,000 (ca. €5300 or $6400) including pension contribution, which may be withdrawn by foreign applicants. Foreign applicants may also qualify for special taxation schemes.

 will be carried out at the DTU Lyngby Campus, which is located about 20 minutes from the center of Copenhagen.

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Further information
If you need further information concerning this position, please contact Professor Karen Chan at  

Please submit your online application no later than 15 September 2019 (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: 
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • List of References (minimum two)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.