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PhD and Postdoc position: Work on the Development of New Catalysts for Low Temperature Fuel

Technical University of DenmarkTwo positions are available at the Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality (CINF) to work on the development of new catalysts for low temperature fuel. One position is a PhD studentship whereas the other position could be a PhD studentship or postdoc fellowship.

CINF is located at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). At CINF, there is a social, open and transparent scientific environment, where experiment and theory are carried out on an equal footing. The students will be able to take full advantage of the broad expertise and large number of personnel working in these fields of investigation at CINF.

The chosen candidates will work in relation to the catalysis of low temperature fuel cells. These devices hold promise as a zero emission source of power, particularly suitable for automotives. However, their widespread deployment is contingent on improvements to the efficiency and stability of the Pt-based catalysts. Arguably the most promising route towards this goal is by alloying Pt with other metals. The investigations may also be extended to include investigation of electrochemical reactions in relation to hydrogen peroxide synthesis and alkaline fuel cells.

The work will be focus on the synthesis, testing and characterisation of the catalysts using the facilities in-house at CINF.

The other studentship would be related to Korea-Denmark-Fuel Cell, which involves institutions in Korea and the companies involved above and DTU Energy Conversion. This part of the project will focus on improving catalysts for high temperature PEM fuel cells against poisoning.

The other position, which could be filled by a PhD student or a postdoc, will be part of the wider project, New Alloy Catalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (NACORR). NACORR will be conducted at several institutions and private companies, apart from CINF, namely the Center for Atomic Scale Materials Design (also at DTU Physics), Stanford University, Chalmers University of Technology, IRD Fuel Cells and Danish Power Systems.

The successful candidates will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Masters degrees. He/she should also be well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team.

Candidates for the PhD positions should have a Masters’ degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science.

Postdoctoral candidates must have a PhD degree or equivalent and should be experienced with ultra high vacuum equipment and surface science methods, including XPS, ISS, and UPS.

Approval and Enrolment of PhD Students
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrollment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms of the PhD position are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The appointment terms of the Postdoc will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

The positions are available from Spring 2014.

Further information
For further information about the research at CINF, please inspect

Your online application must be submitted no later than 15 February 2014.

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 letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • For PhD candidates: Copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas, including transcript of grades. Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • For postdoctoral candidates:: Copy of BSc, MSc, and PhD diplomas
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2-3 references.

Teaching materials and research publications to be considered in the assessment must be attached as well.

Candidates for the PhD position may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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