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PhD scholarship in Electrocatalysis by Single Nanoparticles in Liquid
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Wednesday 24 Nov 21
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The Center for Visualizing Catalytic Processes (VISION) is seeking an
outstanding candidate for a PhD scholarship. VISION is located at DTU Physics
and funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Specifically, VISION
aims at developing and applying a platform for visualizing catalytic
nanoparticles and reactions at the atomic-level by combining cutting-edge
atomic-resolution electron microscopy, micro-electro-mechanical-systems,
nanoparticle synthesis and theoretical modelling.
The research project will be part of an interdisciplinary effort on relating
the atomic-scale structure, dynamics and functions of single nanoparticles
during electrocatalysis needed to tackle the environmental challenge of our
time. Specifically, the project will develop a novel electrocatalytic reactor
for operando atomic-resolution electron microscopy (TEM) and apply it to
resolve the dynamic structure of single nanoparticles under reducing or
oxidizing electrocatalytic reactions at the atomic-scale.
Responsibilities and tasks
The main tasks of the candidate are experimental and shared between making
reactors in DTU's clean-room facilities and atomic-resolution electron
Specifically, the work will involve:
Developing an electrocatalytic reactor for operando atomic-resolution EM.
Fabricating electrocatalytic reactors in the clean room and test the
devices by EM.
Advancing experimental protocols for detecting the pristine state while
suppressing electron-beam-induced alterations of the nanoparticle.
Applying the electrocatalytic reactors for operando atomic-resolution EM
of single nanoparticles under oxidizing and reducing reaction conditions.
Direct observations of electrocatalytically active sites on nanoparticles.
Exploring how the nanoparticle surface motifs can be stabilized into
conformations with extraordinary catalytic performance.
The project will be conducted in close collaboration with VISION's five
faculty members and a group of PhD students, postdocs and international
leading scientists all working at the technological edge of modern electron
microscopy for advancing catalysis science. In interplay with complementary
functionality measurements and theoretical modelling, the project aims at
elucidating how single nanoparticles catalyze electrochemical reactions at the
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a
similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's
The successful candidate will have a degree in physics, chemistry or materials
science with outstanding results. The candidate should have thoroughly
documented experience in at least one of the following disciplines:
microfabrication, electrochemistry and electron microscopy. Experience in
programming, e.g. using Python, is an advantage.
The candidate has obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Master
educations, has good communication skills in both spoken and written English,
and has experience in working independently and in a team.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the
candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For
information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the
PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applications will be made by Professor Peter C. K.
Vesborg, Assoc. Prof. Jakob Kibsgaard, Post.doc. Christopher J. O. Klingshirn
and Professor Stig Helveg, DTU Physics.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence
of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a
rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for
academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and
academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
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 period of employment is 3 years.
Experimental work will be conducted at DTU Physics as well as at affiliated
laboratories at Haldor Topsoe A/S (Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark) and abroad.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter C. K. Vesborg,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Assoc. Prof. Jakob Kibsgaard, e-mail:
email@example.com and Professor Stig Helveg, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about DTU Physics at www. fysik.dtu.dk/english.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 9 January
2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file
containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the
link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all
your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see
guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin
before having received it.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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particular focus on four main areas: quantum technology, sustainable energy,
materials, and biophysics. Our focus is both to acquire greater knowledge
about basic scientific problems and to conduct research oriented towards use
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