Postdoc in Experimental Surface Science and Catalysis
2-year postdoc opportunity investigating the surface properties of heterogeneous catalysts for upgrading of renewable oil to fuel. We seek a postdoc candidate with experience in physical chemistry/surface science for a new experimental surface science project at the Interfaces and Catalysis group at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University.
Starting Date and Period
The position is for 24 months (with extension possibility) and is available as soon as possible, and ideally from Jan 2024.
In the project, you will become part of a team that investigates the surface structure and chemical properties of catalysts used for treatment of renewable bio-oils. The aim of the project is to develop insight needed to understand the capacity of these catalysts to remove O from bio-oil in renewable fuel production. As a postdoc you will develop and lead a research activity within experimental characterization of metalsulfide model catalysts using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron photoemission spectroscopy, including near-ambient-pressure XPS (NAP-XPS). The successful candidate will become part of an industry/academia consortium (HyProFuel) that seeks to develop better catalysts for treatment of bio-oil to green fuel. At the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) you will work in the experimental surface science group of Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen.
Related publications from the Interfaces and Catalysis group
"Site-dependent reactivity of MoS2 nanoparticles in hydrodesulfurization of thiophene". Nature Communications (2020), 11: 4369.
"Visualizing hydrogen-induced reshaping and edge activation in MoS2 and Co-promoted MoS2 catalyst clusters". Nature Communications (2018), 9: 2211.
Applicants for the postdoc position should hold a PhD degree in physical chemistry, physics or nanoscience with a successful and documented scientific record. A PhD in equivalent disciplines may also be considered, if documentation for skills matching the position is provided.
We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with experience in experimental surface science studies, such as ultra-high vacuum (UHV)-based scanning probe microscopy and/or photoemission spectroscopy. Documentation of technical skills within handling of UHV equipment, synchrotron work or previous experience with surface science experiments will be seen as an advantage. Experience in catalysis-related surface science studies will be a plus, but is not required.
Who we are
The project will be carried out in the Interfaces and Catalysis group (Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen) at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University. The group commands a large range of experimental surface science techniques including a leading facility on scanning probe microscopy. The group is also very active users of synchrotrons, including the local ASTRID2 light source at Aarhus University and for example the nearby MAX-IV facility in Lund, Sweden. The work will be carried out in collaboration with groups at other international and Danish universities and the catalyst company Topsoe.
What we offer
The successful candidate is offered a 24-month postdoc position (with extension possibility) in a thriving and inspiring research group that investigates the fundamental properties of a wide range of materials, for use in catalysis, renewable energy and surface physics. The group has access to several state-of-the-art surface science platforms and infrastructure at iNANO that enable a strong microscopy and spectroscopy characterization of the materials. The research climate invites for lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research and a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists. The workplace is characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance. Since the group also consists of PhD and MSc students, we encourage you to be involved in training and co-supervision activities.
Place of Work
The place of work is the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen, email@example.com,
Tel: +45 2338 2369
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.
Letter of reference
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Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
The appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
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Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.