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Post Doc in sustainable metal nanoparticle electrocatalyst development to boost renewable energy conversion

The Section of Chemical Engineering (ChE) , Department of Green Technology (IGT), University of Southern Denmark, (SDU) invites applications for a Postdoc position within the area of metal nanoparticle electrocatalyst development for renewable energy conversion, especially in the field of proton exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolyzers. The position is scheduled for one year with the possibility of extension. The activity is supported by a large national project granted by Danish Energy Agency. 

The targeted starting date for the position is 1st of Sep. 2021 or sooner 

The position offers a chance to share the expertise of ChE within the fields of metal nano particle material synthesis and characterization, electrochemistry, energy conversion and technical development on material recycling and critical material circular economy.

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Job description
A successful candidate will get a unique chance to participate in research and collaboration with the scientific as well as commercial communities in the field of electrocatalyst metal nanoparticle production and recycling and contribute to research within applied science.

The main tasks include the following activities:

  • Metal nanoparticle catalyst or electrode comprehensive benchmarking and protocol selection or development
  • Catalyst reaction mechanism interpretation
  • New catalyst property development and synthesis condition optimization
  • Comprehensive catalyst and solution characterization and monitoring
  • Reaction, separation and purification process optimization to provide recommendations for upscaling

    It is preferred if candidates have experience and contributions within one or more of the following areas:

    • Proton exchange membrane fuel cell and electrolyzer catalyst based on either precious or non-precious element syntheses/characterization
    • Catalytic body especially alloy preparation, characterization or structure development for electrochemical conversion, emission control or petroleum chemistry
    • Battery and/or supercapacitor electrode materials, high surface area carbon nanomaterials or ceramics (synthesis, electrochemistry, adsorption studies, etc.)
    • Electrochemical CO2, N2 reduction
    • Gas diffusion electrode (GDE) and membrane electrode assembly (MEA) preparation, characterization and postmortem analysis
    • Industrial catalysis or heterogeneous catalysis
    • Wet (precious) metal chemistry
    • Record of article reviews, contribution in book chapters or intellectual properties

    Representative publications from our group are

    App. Cat. B, 2018, 239 636-643,
    Anal. Chem. 2018, 90, 24, 14181–14187

    ChemElectroChem, 2019, 6, 17, 4471-4482

    ACS Omega 2019, 4, 13, 15711–15720

    More articles can be found at

    We offer
    We offer an inspirational international research environment with excellent infrastructure including large scale facilities and strong collaborations with a vast international network, research organizations and commercial stakeholders. We offer a position from which to further develop the fundamental chemistry and to combine this knowledge with an ambitious up-scaling perspective.

    We expect
    The candidate shall have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemistry / chemical engineering / material science / physical chemistry /nanotechnology / metallurgy or similar field.

    We are seeking a highly motivated, self-driven candidate, with outstanding research background and engineering experience, a proven record of publications in international peer reviewed journals and who communicates well in an international environment. The candidate must be able to carry out independent, systematic and rigorous research and engineering work, which is clearly aligned with the overall project activity.

    Contact information
    Further information is available from

    Assoc Prof. Shuang Ma Andersen Tel: 6550 9186 or Head of section Knud Villy Christensen Tel: 65507478

    Requirements for the position
    Employment as a postdoctoral fellow for this position requires a PhD-degree within in chemistry, material science or a closely related field. 

    Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.
    Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.
    As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant may be called for interview.

    Conditions of employment
    The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

    Your application including the required attachments must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Please read guidelines for applicants.

    Attached files must be in Adobe pdf format. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

    The application including the required attachments must be in English.

    Application deadline is 1st May 2021.

    The applications must include:

    • A motivation letter including research statement
    • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
    • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and/or PhD) - Danish or English translation
    • List of publications including full copies of the three most important representative publications
    • A list of at least two references including contact details

    The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

    Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.

    Send application
    Deadline 2021-May-10

    You can apply for the job at Faculty of Engineering by completing the application form