Post Doc./research assistant in process development and engineering on metal nanoparticle sustainable production and recycling

The Section of Chemical Engineering (ChE) , Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology (KBM), University of Southern Denmark, (SDU) invites applications for a Postdoc position within the area of metal nanoparticle processing development and optimization for sustainable production and recycling for a period of one year with the possibility of extension. The position is linked to the project 3R – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce of materials from fuel cells and electrolyzers.

The targeted starting date for the position is 1st of October 2020.

The position offers a chance to share the expertise of ChE within the fields of material synthesis and characterisation, electrochemistry, energy conversion and technical development on material recycling and critical material circular economy.

For more information in working at SDU and living in Odense please visit

https://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/international_staff

For more information on the department please see

https://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/ikbm_kemi_bio-_og_mijoeteknologi

Job description
A successful candidate will get a chance to partake in research and collaboration with the scientific as well as commercial community in the field of catalyst metal nanoparticle recycling and synthesis and contribute to research within applied science.

The main tasks include the following four activities:

  1. Comprehensive material and solution characterization and monitoring
  2. Reaction condition validation and mechanism interpretation
  • Reaction, separation and purification process optimization and upscaling
  1. Entire process structure evaluation, waste and recyclability assessment

It is preferred if candidates have experience and contributions within one or more of the following areas:

  • proton exchange membrane fuel cell and electrolyzer catalyst syntheses/characterization
  • Polymer processing / development
  • Catalytic body preparation, characterization or structure development (electrochemical conversion, emission control or petroleum chemistry)
  • Industrial catalysis
  • Heterogeneous catalysis and reaction characterization
  • Wet (precious) metal chemistry

We offer
We offer an inspirational international research environment with excellent infrastructure including large scale facilities and strong collaborations with a vast international network, research organizations and commercial stakeholders. We offer a position from which to further develop the fundamental chemistry and to combine this knowledge with an ambitious up-scaling perspective.

We expect
The candidate shall have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemistry / chemical engineering / material science / physical chemistry /nanotechnology / metallurgy or similar field.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate, with good research background and practical engineering experience, a proven record of publications in international peer reviewed journals and who communicates well in an international environment. The candidate must be able to carry out independent, systematic and rigorous research and engineering work, which is clearly aligned with the overall project activity.

Contact information
Further information is available from Assoc Prof Shuang Ma Andersen mashu@kbm.sdu.dk Tel: 6550 9186 or head of section Knud Villy Christensen kvc@kbm.sdu.dk Tel: 65507478

Requirements for the position
Employment as a postdoctoral fellow for this position requires a PhD-degree within in chemistry, material science or a closely related field. 

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.
 
Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.
 
As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant may be called for interview.

Conditions of employment
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Application
Your application including the required attachments must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Please read guide for applicants.

Attached files must be in Adobe pdf format. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The application including the required attachments must be in English.

Application deadline is 1 August 2020.

The applications must include:

  • A motivation letter including research statement
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and/or PhD) - Danish or English translation
  • List of publications including full copies of the three most important representative publications
  • A list of at least two references including contact details

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.


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