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 Departments of Physics and Energy at the 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.
  • 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 PhD projects will be carried out in close collaboration with leading international computational and experimental groups, as well as industry.

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 intellectually curious and thinks deeply and creatively
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and enjoys working in cross-disciplinary teams 
  • Works independently and takes 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

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Karen Chan, Professor Thomas Bligaard, 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 starting monthly salary for a PhD student is around DKK 31,500 (ca. €4200 or $4900) including pension contribution, which may be withdrawn by foreign candidates. The period of employment is 3 years.

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

The expected start date is 1 January 2020 or soon thereafter. Please state possible start dates in your cover letter.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Karen Chan,

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 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)
  • List of references (minimum 2)

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

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.

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.