PhD scholarship in Theoretical Modeling of Single-Particle Catalysts

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The VISION Center at the Physics department, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for a PhD position within the theoretical modeling of heterogeneous catalysts. The project will be supervised by Professors Stig Helveg and Thomas Bligaard.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As a PhD student at VISION, you will work on the understanding of the dynamics of single nanoparticles in atmospheres of reactive gasses and on the discovery of novel catalysts. The initial focus of the study will be to understand nanoparticle evolution of Pt nanoparticles during CO oxidation, in close interplay with atomic-resolution electron microscopy experiments.

The VISION Center at DTU Physics, located about 10km north of Copenhagen, has around 25 members and offers a highly international, creative and stimulating work environment. The research in VISION is focusing on the understanding and engineering of single nanoparticle catalytic systems.

  • You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.
  • You have obtained excellent grades in your Bachelor and Master educations and have a background in quantum mechanics and electronic structure simulations.
  • Ideally, you have experience in simulating heterogeneously catalytic processes.
  • Preferably, you have experience with programming, in particular in Python for electronic structure simulations.
  • Furthermore, you are highly motivated, you are willing to work in a team and you have a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Good communication skills in both spoken and written English, are a requirement.
  • You are expected to teach and supervise BSc and MSc students.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professors Stig Helveg and Thomas Bligaard.

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. The starting date is 1 December 2022 or soonest thereafter.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from professors Stig Helveg,, and Thomas Bligaard,

You can read more about the VISION DNRF center here:, and the Department of Physics at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 October 2022 (Danish 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • At least two references for the inquiry of recommendation letters

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

Applications 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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