DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Theoretical Electrocatalysis

Tuesday 28 Jun 22

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DTU Physics is seeking an outstanding assistant professor in the field of theoretical catalysis. The faculty member will be a member of the newly started Catalysis Theory Center at DTU. The Catalysis Theory Center spans two departments at DTU, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage.

The Catalysis Theory Center is established with the ambition to become one of the leading research centers developing the theory of heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis. This includes development of a fundamental understanding of chemical processes at the gas-solid and liquid-solid interface, as well as chemical conversion processes with special emphasis on sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Links to and inspiration from related areas in homogeneous and biological catalysis are encouraged. The Catalysis Theory Center is a highly collaborative effort, internally within experimental groups at DTU and externally with other leading universities. The Catalysis Theory Center has a strong infrastructure and computational facility, as well as some initial funding for PhD students and postdocs.   

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate must have a PhD in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or related areas as well as experience in the general area of catalysis for sustainable energy solutions. The candidate must display good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, be innovative and able to work both independently and in cross-disciplinary teams, as well as with international academic collaborators and industrial partners.


Successful candidates must document:

  • Outstanding, original scientific output
  • A strong background in, and an innovative approach to, catalysis theory relevant for fundamental understanding as well as the application potential of new insight
  • A strong background and interest in electrocatalysis and applications in electrochemical energy conversion
  • Preferably a track record of academic cross-disciplinary collaboration

The successful candidate will be responsible for the teaching of courses in the areas of sustainable energy and/or introductory physics courses in the Department. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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 position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. Read more about the program and the recruitment process here.   

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Jens K. Nørskov (jkno@dtu.dk). 


If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications 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.

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