Applications are invited from international students for Fully funded 03 Postdoctoral Fellows Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at the Department of Chemistry and the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
The Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group is part of the Department of Chemistry and the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. The group includes 04 Full Professors, 06 Assistant Professors, 11 Technicians and circa 80 PhD candidates and/or Postdoctoral Fellows. The current three Postdoctoral positions are within the group of Professor Weckhuysen.
To develop better performing catalysts for societal challenges (e.g. waste and/or CO2 reduction), it is paramount to develop an understanding of the relation between catalyst structure and performance. In the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, novel catalysts are prepared and operando spectroscopy techniques are used to monitor chemical species at reaction conditions to unravel mechanistic pathways for a variety of (electro)chemical processes.
Applicants are required to take part in any of the following projects:
- The first project (which is within the Strategic Alliance framework between Utrecht and Eindhoven) focusses on the electrochemical valorization of CO2, including colloidal synthesis of catalyst nanoparticles, deposition on electrodes and catalytic testing.
- The second project is a collaboration with SCG Chemicals and will explore catalysts at the extrudate level in which the accessibility, porosity and binder composition will be related to the performance of a dehydrogenation-metathesis catalyst.
- The third project is an in-depth investigation of porous catalysts, relating their complex pore space to catalyst performance.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- a full-time position for the period of 01 year, with the possibility of extension after satisfactory performance (extension only possible for project 1 and 2)
- monthly gross salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, in the range between €2,709 and maximum €4,978 (scale 10/11 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities)
- salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year
- in addition, a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions
To be eligible for postdoctoral Scholarships, an applicant must:
- a PhD degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, with a focus on catalysis
- has a strong interest in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy and/or electrochemistry
- proficiency in English language (spoken and written)
is creative and a team player with good communicative and leadership skill
- has hands-on experience in using or building chemical setups in the lab environment
- is able to work independently in a multidisciplinary environment
- be able to perform complex and thorough investigations of catalyst materials and their performance and should have the ability to quickly learn new technique
To apply for 03 Postdoctoral Scholarships Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:
- Letter of motivation (including which of the projects you are applying for)
- Curriculum Vitae
- email addresses of two referees