Postdoc position for Synthesis of Ammonia at Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals, Technical University of Denmark

A Postdoc position for synthesis of Ammonia is available at “The VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN).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.

The pos-doc will work under the sub-group on ammonia synthesis which involves both thermal and electrochemical synthesis and involves several postdocs and PhD students. The main objective is to synthesis ammonia at such low temperature that the pressure can be lowered substantially. 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 ammonia. The work will involve fundamental investigation of heterogeneous catalysts, including model systems, both under more conventional conditions e.g. high-pressure set-up with 100-300 mg loadings. Part of the project involves electrochemical testing and setting up electrochemical 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 STM, XPS, AES and catalysts testing. Having experience with combining UHV, electrochemistry, and high-pressure cells is considered a particular great advantage.

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 appointment terms
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 2019.

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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

Please submit your online application no later than 15 January 2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 

  • 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

Applications and enclosures 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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