Postdoc position: Discovering new Catalysts in the Cluster-Nanoparticle Transition Regime

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An experimental surface science postdoc: Discovering new Catalysts in the Cluster-Nanoparticle Transition Regime

The position is Funded by the European Research Council under the advanced grant scheme (ERC-ADV). The overarching aim of this project is to provide new catalysts that may facilitate efficient sustainable energy conversion and thereby help phasing out fossil fuels. The position is at SurfCat which is also leading the “The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN).


The Postdoc will work with a new UHV-compatible dual magnetron cluster machine using time-of-flight mass selection. This is connected to an UHV system equipped with an Århus-STM, XPS, TPD, ISS and fast entry lock system allowing for careful characterization of cluster and nanoparticles deposited on various support materials. The sample transfer system is based on the omicron design. This dual magnetron allows us to produce small entities of oxides, nitrides, sulphides, and phosphides where some of the atoms are replaced with another metal, with the goal of breaking the scaling relations and finding new and efficient catalysts. The produced cluster will be tested in other parts of our laboratory in relation to sustainable energy conversion reactions like electrochemical HER, OER, ORR, CO2RR, NRR. The electrochemical catalytic testing is done as a collaborative effort since this post-doc is expected to be more focused on the surface science aspect of this process. There will also be testing of thermal catalytic reactions such as productions of alcohols from CO2 and H2. The latter being done ether in our microreactor platform or in a in situ high pressure cell under construction.

The successful candidate is well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidate is expected to have a PhD degree in Physics, but candidates with appropriate background and a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science will also be considered. It is absolutely mandatory that the candidate has extensive experience working with UHV-systems/methods and experience with clusters/nanoparticles is naturally highly desirable.

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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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is for 1 year. 

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Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff or Assistant Professor Jakob Kibsgaard


Your online application must be submitted no later than 1 March 2020 (23:59 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 incl. list of grades obtained
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of min. 2 references.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their PhD 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.

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