Experimental Surface Science Postdoc: Combined Surface Science and Catalysis Investigation

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Frist 1. august 2020
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The position is Funded by the V-Sustain by the Villum Foundation. 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 do fundamental science in connection with two UHV-systems equipped with, XPS, TPD, ISS as the principal characterization methods. One is being modified with a fast entry lock system connected to a glovebox allowing for careful characterization of Li films used for electrochemical ammonia production. Please see some of our recent publications in that field. The other apparatus is equipped with a high-pressure cell allowing for running thermal catalytic reaction at one bar with product analysis by QMS and subsequent surface analysis without getting in contact with air. The projects here are concentrated on thermal ammonia synthesis and methanol synthesis. For both instruments, there are already a PhD student working on each of the experiment, but they are lacking UHV experience. The main role of the Post-doc is therefore to facilitate and help starting both instrument up and help supervise the students in the daily work.  

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 extensive experience in catalysis. 

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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 www.surfcat.dtu.dk

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff, ibchork@fysik.dtu.dk or Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard, jkib@fysik.dtu.dk

Your online application must be submitted no later than 1 August 2020 (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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