PhD positions for doing fundamental studies in hydrogenation of CO2 or N2
DTU Physics

PhD positions for doing fundamental studies in hydrogenation of CO2 or N2

DTU Physics

Apply no later than 17 April 2019


PhD studentships position for doing fundamental studies in hydrogenation of CO2 or N2 are vacant at “The VILLUM Center for theScience of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN) at SurfCat.

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 experimental development of new catalysts in the area of: 

  • Thermal heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 hydrogenation into methanol or Nitrogen into ammonia,
  • Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals, and Electrochemical reduction of N2 to 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 four projects you are most interested in applying for and motivate your choice and a possible earliest starting date. Notice candidates finalizing their master during 2019 may apply now.

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 by the time they commence the project. Candidates who has shown interest/had experience in the surface science approach will be preferred.

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 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 PhD positions are for 3 years and the PhD thesis must be delivered during this period. The position can start anytime in 2019.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

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,  

Your online application must be submitted no later than 17 April 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one and one only 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 and one file ONLY. 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 2 references.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having obtained their Master with an acceptable grade.

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

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