Palacky University (PU)

Post-doc Position in the field of “Alternative synthetic routes of N2 reduction to ammonia”

Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University Olomouc

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials

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POST-DOC POSITION IN THE FIELD OF

“Alternative synthetic routes of N2 reduction to ammonia”

supervised by

Prof. Radek Zboril

The Photoelectrochemical Division of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) announces the opening of a new postdoctoral position in sustainable nitrogen reduction to ammonia.

The successful candidate will receive a one-year (to be possible extended up to five-years) contract at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. This unique position is open immediately for qualified applicants.

The research group:

The NanoPEC research group at RCPTM focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on earth-abundant materials for solar water splitting, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) methods as well as wet chemical pathways such as hydrothermal growth, solvothermal synthesis, etc.

The applicant responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible of developing highly efficient heterogeneous catalysts for nitrogen reduction to ammonia through photocatalysis, electrocatalysis or photoelectrochemistry.

Required experience:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science; good publication record, excellent oral and written English;
Experience in photocatalysis and/or electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry;
Understanding of advanced methods and results of nanomaterials characterization (HRTEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, EPR, GI-XRD);
Advanced electrochemistry and photolectrochemistry (J-V characteristics, carrier lifetimes, transient spectroscopy, IPCE, APCE, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen evolution, etc.).

Benefits:

We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join well-known research group with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, UHV STM, FIB/HRSEM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Research Fields

Chemistry – Physical chemistry

Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs. (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles

Recognized Researcher (R2)

Additional job details

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: stepan.kment@upol.cz; alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the same email addresses.

Screening of applicants will resume immediately. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

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Post-doc Position in the field of “Alternative synthetic routes of N2 reduction to ammonia”