PhD studentships at The VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals DTU Physics Denmark

PhD studentships at The VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals


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Apply no later than 15 October 2017

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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. 

PhD positions are available at V-SUSTAIN to work on the experimentaldevelopment of new catalysts in one of the six subprojects: 1) Electrochemical water splitting, 2) Photoelectrochemical water splitting, 3) Oxygen reduction in fuel cells, 4) Thermal heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 hydrogenation into alcohols, 5) Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals, and 6) Electrochemical production of ammonia.

A significant part of V-SUSTAIN takes place at Experimental Surface and Nanomaterials Physics at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Here we enjoy a social, open and transparent scientific environment. The students will be able to take full advantage of the large number of personnel working in adjacent fields of investigation, from surface science on single crystals to the testing of high surface area catalysts in reactors.

The work will be focused on the synthesis, testing and characterisation of new catalysts using state of the art in-house facilities or synchrotrons at SLAC or Lund. It relies heavily on a close collaboration between theory and experiment, where the most promising catalysts are identified by in-silico screening. It will therefore be in collaboration with other partners of V-SUSTAIN, at Copenhagen University, Stanford University, and DTU.

When applying please indicate which of the six sub-projects you are applying for and motivate your choice and a possible earliest starting date.


The successful candidates will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Master’s 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 Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science by the time they commence the project.

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 example in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

Salary and appointment terms 

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The PhD thesis must be delivered in during this period. The position is available from start of 2018 or later.  

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 Assistant Professor Jakob Kibsgaard    


Please submit your online application no later than 15 October 2017. Applications must be submitted as one PDF filecontaining 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. (Max one page)

  • A curriculum vitae

  • A list of publications

  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas

  • Mandatory excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of min. 2 references.


Candidates 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 scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being 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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