Postdoc in Catalysis and Materials Theory

mandag 03 jan 22

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Frist 17. januar 2022
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One postdoc position is available in the Catalysis Theory Center in the Physics Department of the Technical University of Denmark. The Center comprises three research groups, all motivated by the shared vision of sustainable energy conversion and storage based on catalysis.  We offer a positive, supportive and international research environment, and we value diversity, creativity, personal growth, and impact.  

The Catalysis and Materials Theory group is focused on the development of an understanding of materials properties in general, and catalysts in particular, on the basis electronic structure calculations. 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.

Responsibilities and Qualifications
The successful candidates will be working on theoretical method development and computational catalyst discovery for heterogeneous reactions for H2O, CO2 and N2 reduction. You will be working in close collaboration with other group members from a variety of backgrounds. The position also involves close collaboration with experimentalists.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Your PhD is in chemistry, physics, materials science or a similar field. Previous postdoc experience is preferred.

You have a comprehensive understanding of heterogeneous and/or electro-catalysis. You have extensive experience in density functional theory calculations and preferably with kinetic analysis and machine learning methods. Namely, experience with OER kinetic modelling and ORR calculations will be beneficial. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator in both written and spoken English, is independent and can lead a project from start to finish, and enjoys collaborating closely with others from diverse backgrounds as well as supporting more junior group members.

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 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 postdoc appointment is for 6 months starting 1 March 2022 or soon thereafter.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Director Kathrine Nielsen (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 17 January 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: keep it to a maximum 500 words)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • List of 2 references who can be contacted by phone or email 

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.

The Department of Physics is focusing on physics areas of fundamental interests and with clear application and innovation potentials. It is our ambition to perform research and to offer education at a high international level, thereby contributing to the DTU strategy about being a leading technical university

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