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Jobs and Positions


April 2017

Two post-doc positions in São Paulo, Brazil


Do you want to work with molecular recognition or energy?

Nice opportunity in our lab at the Chemistry Institute, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil. Two post-doc positions, FAPESP scholarships. One year with the possibility to extend for one more.

Candidates for electrochemistry and molecular recognition (Supervisor: Prof. Susana I. C. Torresi) send an e-mail to ; and those that are interested in electrochemistry and energy storage (Supervisor: Prof. Roberto M. Torresi) send an e-mail to .
Both, must apply until 10/05/2017 sending the following documents:
a- letter justifying the interest in the position;
updated curriculum vitae and
E-mail and telephone of two (2) researchers for references.

Candidates for these grants must have expertise in electrochemical techniques in general and physical characterization (SEM, TEM, vibrational spectroscopies, RX, ICP-OES, etc.). In the case of molecular recognition, expertise in cell culture and biochemistry is desired but not excluding. Selected candidates should conduct experiments independently; assist in guiding students and in laboratory activities; and to be proficient in writing reports and scientific articles in English.



Febuary 2017


The Consortium members of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) ELCOREL open 14 Ph.D. positions in the field of Electrocatalysis/ Hetrogeneous catalysis.

The positions are opened at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic), Leiden Institute of Chemistry of Leiden University (The Netherlands), Department of Chemistry of University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Department of Chemistry and Material Science of the Aalto University (Espoo, Finland), Avantium S.A. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Industrie De Nora (Milano, Italy) and Institute Catala d’Investigacio Quimica (Barcelona, Spain).

The successful candidates must have a Master degree* in Chemistry (Physical, Analytical), Chemical Engineering, Material Science or Physics, must be in the first 4 years of his/her research career and meet the mobility eligibility criteria as outlined by the Marie Curie ITN rules**.
The positions are intended for 36 months. The positions provide a monthly salary and also cover also the tuition fees for the enrolment in a PhD programme.
The individual projects are focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of the catalyst development for oxygen evolution and CO2 reduction. Detailed description of the individual projects can be found at .

Applications for the positions have to be submitted electronically via the Consortium’s web page ( Successful applications must contain
1) Structured CV (with list of publications) including information on expected date of graduation,
2) Motivation letter containing names and email of at least 2 references,
3) Certified copy of the MSc Diploma or Transcript of studies.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; full attention will be guaranteed to the applications registered before May 1st 2017.

*at the time of the contract commencement
** Successful candidates may not have carried out their main activity in host country for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years.



Febuary 2017

JR-14 - Materials Electrochemistry for Integrated Magnetics – PhD Studentship

Applications are sought for 4 year PhD Studentship, at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.

The successful applicant will work on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project in a collaboration between the Electrochemical Materials & Energy and Integrated Magnetics Groups. This PhD position will help advance the development of a new generation of integrated magnetic devices with increased efficiency and miniaturisation. The research will focus on novel chemical and specifically electrochemical routes to new magnetic materials deposition on structured substrates. Key breakthroughs will be in the demonstration of scalable processing options for layers of magnetic materials and insulators in 3D structures. Potential routes will be based on self-assembled chemical monolayers. Recent publications by the group describe the chemical processing and structures investigated to date. In this project the Ph.D. candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with a focus on the development of next generation integrated magnetics for power supply applications. The team requires the incorporation of novel magnetic material/lamination methods into the full device fabrication process flow. The novel materials and processes developed must therefore be compatible with microelectronics/MEMs based fabrication technologies on silicon substrates with a view to industrial application.

• Develop chemical approaches to activate silicon substrates using self-assembled monolayers.
• Optimise metal and alloy electrochemical deposition on planar and structured substrates in thin film and laminated options
• Working with a multidisciplinary team, characterise the magnetic and power supply characteristics of the integrated devices
• Provide reports to the team and funding agency, preparation of manuscripts for journals and presentation of results at conferences.

• Applicants must have a first, upper second class honours undergraduate or Master’s degree in Chemistry or Materials Science from an approved University.
• Proficiency in English, non-native English speakers should provide IELTS/TOEFL score.

• Experience with theoretical and practical electrochemistry
• Interest in the use of simulation software focused on electrochemistry.
• Knowledge of magnetic materials
• Knowledge of microelectronics of MEMS based fabrication processes
• Applicants should include a description of their career goals and how this opportunity will assist them in meeting their targets.
Please apply via, selecting reference number JR-14 and following the instructions to complete the associated application form, attaching your cv and motivation letter.

Working conditions:

The Ph.D. candidate will be joining a recognized world leader in the area of integrated magnetic components for electronic applications. In 2015, the Magnetics on Silicon researchers were selected as the UCC Research Team of the Year. Tyndall Integrated Magnetics research has demonstrated:-
• Highest efficiency for micro-inductors using electroplated metal and alloy materials
• High-frequency micro-inductors operating up to 100 MHz
• Highest efficiency coupled inductors
• Highest voltage gain & efficiency for micro-transformers
• First CAD tool for power micro-inductors
• First high-frequency integrated power magnetics using pulsed reverse electroplated magnetic material


In addition to the published research we have developed considerable Intellectual Property in the field of integrated magnetics and anticipate adding to this in the current project. Tyndall’s Integrated Magnetics team has recently obtained more than €3m funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), EU Horizon 2020 and Enterprise Ireland to further the world class pioneering research and commercialization of its integrated magnetics technology for high efficiency Power Supply on Chip/in Package products.


Febuary 2017

Postdoc position in Electrochemical Surface Science

In the framework of a new EU project, a postdoctoral position is available in the Surface Physics Group of the Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien.

The project aims to clarify structure–reactivity relationships of well-defined, atomically smooth, oxide surfaces towards important electrocatalytic reactions (in particular oxygen reduction and CO2 activation), using a combination of electrochemistry (voltammetry, electrochemical STM) and ultrahigh vacuum techniques (XPS, LEED, UHV-STM). The candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Ulrike Diebold and Dr. Stijn Mertens.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in physics, chemistry or a related discipline, with a detailed knowledge of electrochemical techniques. A working knowledge of ultrahigh vacuum methodologies is desirable. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are essential.

This position is available immediately. Applications with cover letter, detailed CV (with courses taken, grades, web link to the PhD thesis, copies of the 5 most relevant publications), diplomas, work certificates (if any) and references should be sent via email to Stijn Mertens at

January 2017

PhD Position – Electrochemistry/Materials Science -Starting Date: September-October 2017

Electrochemical Silicon Nanoprocessing for the Fabrication of Functional Surfaces

Silicon micro- and nanostructuration is of crucial importance for microelectronics, solar cells and for promising emerging technologies in nanoelectronics, biosensing devices and water-splitting cells. These applications make the fabrication of Si nanostructured arrays a very hot topic that has attracted tremendous attention. In this context, templated electrochemistry, which can be operated in ambient conditions, enables the simultaneous fabrication of individual nanostructures at designated spots on a large area is very attractive for manufacturing such arrays.


We are looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to work on a 3-year project at the ISCR (Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes), located at the University of Rennes in France. The research project is focused on the development of silicon structuration processes for the fabrication of functional surfaces. More specifically, the candidate will use electrochemical techniques such as templated photoelectrochemical etching and nano-electrodeposition in order to fabricate well-defined arrays of i) silicon nanowires and ii) silicon nanoporous microcells. He will then functionalize these surfaces with redox active molecules and study their electrical and photoelectrochemical properties. The final goal is to use these functional surfaces for biodetection and microelectronic devices.

The project duration is 3 years and the founding is provided by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). The salary is ∼1400 € per month. The successful candidate will have an access to the equipment present at the ISCR (scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, potentiostats, ellipsometer, FTIR, XRD...) and to the clean room facilities located at the IETR (Institut d’Electronique et de Télécommunication de Rennes), that is located very close to the ISCR.
The candidate must have a strong background in physical chemistry and/or materials science and an interest for electrochemistry. A strong motivation for research and good communication skills are required (fluent English or French speaking is mandatory).

L. Santinacci, M. Diouf, M. Barr, B. Fabre, L. Joanny, F. Gouttefangeas, G. Loget ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 24810-24818 K. Cho, G. Loget, R. M. Corn. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 28993-29000 G. Loget, R. M. Corn, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 10802-10810

Please send your records (CV + letters of recommendation) to:
Gabriel Loget:

Bruno Fabre: