Postdoc for Synthesis of Methanol

tirsdag 14 sep 21

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VILLUM FONDEN have granted 150 million DKK over the next 8 years to The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN). The clear aim of the centre is to phase out fossil fuels and thereby alleviate the negative impact the continuous use these have on the earth’s climate and environment.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The postdoc will work under the sub-group on thermal methanol synthesis which involves several post-docs and PhD students. The main objective is to synthesis methanol at such low temperature that the pressure can be lowered substantially. It could also involve ammonia synthesis. The work will be based on strong interaction with the theory group headed by Jens Nørskov, which is screening for new materials using DFT calculations for determining optimal catalysts. The project aims at synthesizing the most interesting candidates and testing them towards their ability to make methanol. The work will involve fundamental investigation of heterogeneous catalysts, including model systems, both under more conventional conditions e.g. high-pressure set-up (max 20 bars) with 100-300 mg loadings. Part of the project involves testing in conjunction with a high-pressure cell connected to a UHV system equipped with XPS, ISS, TPD. Visiting large scale facilities such as synchrotrons for EXAFS and High-pressure XPS measurements may be envisioned.

The successful candidate is well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidate should have a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. A significant part of V-SUSTAIN takes place at the section for Surface Science and Catalysis (SurfCat) at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). It is mandatory that the candidate has extensive experience with UHV-based methods such as XPS, AES and catalysts testing. Having experience with combining UHV, high-pressure cells and measurements at synchrotrons  is considered a particular great advantage.

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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 2 years. The position is available from beginning of 2022.

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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 Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard

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

Your online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 2021 (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 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 including describing you UHV experience. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references

All interested candidates, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background, are encouraged to apply.

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