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April 2018

 

Postdoc position in São Paulo, Brazil

Do you want to work with energy?

Nice opportunity in our lab at the Chemistry Institute, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil. One postdoc position, FAPESP scholarship. One year with the possibility to extend for one more. Candidates interested in electrochemistry and energy storage; working on sodium and lithium ion batteries electrode and electrolyte materials must send an e-mail to Prof. Roberto M. Torresi).

Candidates must apply until 30/04/2018 sending the following documents:


- A letter justifying the interest in the position;
- Updated curriculum vitae and
- Email 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, ICPOES, etc.). Selected candidate should conduct experiments independently;assist in guiding students and in laboratory activities;and to be proficient in writing reports and scientific articles in English.



March 2018

 

The Institute of Material Physics at the Georg-August University Göttingen immediately invites applications for a

PhD position

(Salary group 13 TV-L, initially at least 50%, i.e. 19.9 h/week). The position is limited to three years.


Scientific context
The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is one of the most fundamental processes for energy storage both in nature and technology. The high overpotential of the OER is one of the grand challenges faced in oxygen electrocatalysis and significant improvement is key for sustainable production of renewable energy carriers in a future hydrogen economy. Virtually all previous studies of activity and mechanism focused on the composition and structure of the catalytic electrode, while this project focuses on the influence of the electrolyte to identify structure-activity relationships.

Your tasks
You will prepare various electrolytes and oxide electrodes to study the effect of systematic changes of the electrolyte composition on the activity for oxygen evolution by electroanalytical methods in a flow cell. As part of this endeavor, a setup for differential electrochemical mass spectroscopy (DEMS) will be built. You are expected to present your work at work at national and international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed international journals.

Your profile
- Excellent M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Materials Science, chemistry, physics or related field
- Desire to earn a Ph.D. degree in an interdisciplinary environment at the interface of chemistry and physics
- High proficiency in written and spoken English, if possible also proficiency in German
- Ability to solve scientific problems as a member of a small team
- Prior experience in written or oral presentation of scientific results
- Prior experimental experience with one or more of the following topics is highly desired: work with non-aqueous solvents, electrochemistry, thin film preparation, mass spectroscopy

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The University aims to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application in electronic form with the usual documents (motivation letter, CV transcripts until 17 April 2017 to:

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,
Institute of Materials Physics,
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen,
E-Mail address: sekretariat@ump.gwdg.de
E-Mail subject: PhD AG Risch


For further information about the scientific aspects of this position, please contact Dr. Marcel Risch, E-mail: mrisch@material.physik.uni-goettingen.de. After 3 months your documents will be deleted.


 

March 2018

Presidential Academic Fellowship (Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Humanities)

The University of Manchester is inviting the brightest academic talent to apply for its Presidential Fellowships.


The University is interested in early-career academics who can deliver world-leading research and teaching, and become the inspiring leaders of the future.
Applicants should have a high academic standing, a growing reputation in research, and the specialist knowledge needed to develop exemplary research programmes and methodologies.
It is recognised that as an early-career academic, it can be challenging to get the dedicated time and resource to gain research independence. Manchester seeks to bridge this gap by providing awards for outstanding researchers – the brightest future leaders.

We offer:
• a highly competitive salary
• generous research and travel expenses
• access to world-leading facilities
• mentorship from a senior University of Manchester academic
• participation in our New Academics Programme
• outstanding networking, learning and development opportunities

We will also provide a vibrant and inspiring environment for you to pursue your research and teaching career. Successful candidates will benefit from the innovation and collaboration that Manchester’s success has been built on. What’s more, our resources and mentorship will enhance your competitiveness for external awards.
• Energy is one of the five research beacons at The University of Manchester. Both the automotive and aerospace sectors are undergoing a technological transformation as demand increases for electric vehicles and aircraft. This brings significant challenges, but is also an opportunity for the UK to lead. The University has existing strengths in 2D materials (2DM), composites, 2DM-based super-capacitors, integration of energy storage systems, and power trains, all of which are key enabling technologies in which we are looking to expand our capability.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3 April.
The awards
Presidential Academic Fellowship (Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Humanities)


The Presidential Academic Fellowship offers a salary of £39,992–£49,149, plus £3,500 to £5,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Following a four-year probationary period, and subject to satisfactory performance, you will then transfer to an appropriate academic contract.

Presidential Academic Fellows in The Faculty of Humanities will do no teaching or minimal teaching in the first year and minimal teaching in the second year. Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.

Presidential Academic Fellows in the Faculty of Science and Engineering will have a significantly reduced teaching load and will undertake a limited amount of teaching (up to 6 hours per week).

To apply, and for further details, visit:

https://www.brightest-minds.manchester.ac.uk/



Febuary 2018


Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

 

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

ECS is a learned society representing individuals in academia, government labs, related industries, and beyond. In service to its members, the Society’s mission is to advance theory and practice at the forefront of electrochemical and solid state science and technology, and allied subjects. To encourage research, discussion, critical assessment, and dissemination of knowledge in these fields, the Society holds two meetings, each with attendance of over 1,500 individuals, each year, publishes scientific papers, fosters training and education of scientists and engineers, and cooperates with other organizations to promote science and technology in the public interest.

Managing a budget of $7.7M and 26 staff, the next Executive Director will continue to expand the organization’s global presence and reach. S/he will work to fully fund the “Free the Science” initiative; continue to enhance the quality and scope of ECS’s publications; organize and host conferences centered on exciting and cutting-edge developments most pertinent to members; and explore additional offerings to increase the value of ECS affiliation for existing and new members.

The ideal candidate will have deep experience with personnel and budget management, a track record of fundraising success, financial savvy, familiarity with the scholarly publication process, meeting management expertise, and strong communication skills. S/he will also be energetic and bring innovative, creative ideas to the table.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Principal
Anne Koellhoffer, Senior Associate
ECSExecutiveDirector@StorbeckSearch.com


For more information, please visit The Electrochemical Society’s home page at http://www.electrochem.org.

ECS is an equal opportunity employer. ECS welcomes all qualified applicants regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other protected class.



Febuary 2018

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity

Position: 1 year (ANR-JCJC grant) opening in January 2018
Location: Université Paris Diderot, ITODYS
Deadline for applications: May 31st 2018

Project title: Flexible inkjet-printed Electrolyte-Gated Organic Transistors for analytical purposes

Contacts : Giorgio Mattana (giorgio.mattana@univ-paris-diderot.fr), Vincent Noël (vincent.noel@univ-paris-diderot.fr), Benoit Piro (piro@univ-paris-diderot.fr

Project description:
Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors (EGOFETs) are ideal candidates for the development of (bio)chemical sensors working in liquid media, thanks to the extremely low biasing voltages (< 1 V) and also the intrinsic presence of an electrolyte inside their structure. So far, EGOFETs have been successfully used for the detection of different target molecules, such as DNA, streptavidin, neurotransmitters (dopamine), cytokines and chiral organic compounds. At the moment, EGOFETs are usually realised on rigid substrates, making an extensive use of clean-room fabrication technologies. Not only do these factors limit the devices portability but they also considerably increase the cost per device. In this project, we address the problems of costs and portability by combining the inkjet-printing (IP) fabrication technique with the utilisation of plastic, flexible substrates, in order to fabricate EGOFETs-based biosensors. IP has effectively demonstrated its capability of reducing fabrication costs, because it is a non-contact, material efficient and reproducible technique that allows devices fabrication at ambient conditions. Substrate flexibility is another important aspect which will be taken into account in this project. It is a crucial requirement if one aims at developing large-scale production using printing techniques, but it also enables the application of printed devices whenever the conformal coating of a surface is needed. Moreover, flexible substrates are much cheaper (still another factor contributing to costs reduction) and easier to transport and to store than glass and silicon. The originality of this project therefore resides in the fact that an example of fully inkjet-printed EGOFET-based sensor on plastic, flexible substrates has never been presented before. Fully inkjet-printed EGOFETs will be then properly functionalised, either at the gate/electrolyte or at the electrolyte/organic semiconductor interface, to enable them to recognise specific target molecules present into the electrolyte. This approach will allow therefore the fabrication of low-power, low-cost, portable sensing platforms, a real step forward in the field of sensoristics.
To achieve this goal, the first step will consist in the formulation of printable, organic semiconducting inks, starting either from commercially available polymers or from home-made semiconducting molecules. Their rheological properties will be tuned in order to make such inks compatible with the IP deposition process.
A second step will consist in using commercial conductive inks to print a “two-dimensional” transistor structure, where all the electrodes will lie on the same plane. The all-inkjet-printed devices will be electrically characterised and their stability upon mechanical bending will be also evaluated.
Finally, the all-inkjet-printed EGOFETs will be functionalised and their sensing performances will be assessed.

Context: The experimental work will be carried out at the ITODYS laboratory in the "Surfaces, Nanostructuration and Reactivity" department, whose activities concern the development of new methods for surface functionalisation, the control of the organisation of grafted or adsorbed structures on these surfaces and the development of systems making use of this functionalisation or structuring. In particular, the team BIOSS (Bioactive Surfaces and Sensors led by Prof. B. Piro), which will host the post-doctoral researcher, develops and characterises biosensors based on organic electronic devices in which the active element is capable of providing a macroscopic response to a molecular recognition event.

Expected profile: Applicants should have a PhD degree in a relevant physics, chemistry or materials science discipline. Appropriate background should include experience in organic electronics, in particular in the field of organic transistors. Experience with inkjet-printing would be much appreciated but is not strictly necessary. The successful candidate should ideally have an interest in the field of printed electronics and should be ready to complete his/her formation through the use of appropriate tools (e.g. rheological and mechanical characterisation, sensors development and characterisation). Applications including a full CV, at least two letters of recommendation and a publication list should be sent electronically.



Febuary 2018


Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity

Position: 1 year (ANR-JCJC grant) opening in January 2018
Location: Université Paris Diderot, ITODYS
Deadline for applications: June 15th 2018

Project title: Analytical Modelling of Flexible Inkjet-printed Electrolyte-Gated Organic Transistors for Analytical Purposes

Contacts : Giorgio Mattana (giorgio.mattana@univ-paris-diderot.fr), Vincent Noël (vincent.noel@univ-paris-diderot.fr), Benoit Piro (piro@univ-paris-diderot.fr

Project description:
Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors (EGOFETs) are ideal candidates for the development of (bio)chemical sensors working in liquid media, thanks to the extremely low biasing voltages and also the intrinsic presence of an electrolyte inside their structure. So far, EGOFETs have been successfully used for the detection of different target molecules, such as DNA, streptavidin, neurotransmitters (dopamine), cytokines and chiral organic compounds; the presence of such molecules in the tested samples is quantified by analysing the modification of the transistors most important electrical parameters, in particular the threshold voltage Vth (typically < 1 V for EGOFETs). It should be noted, however, that EGOFETs and EGOFETs-based sensors characterisation methods commonly used in the literature heavily rely on the mathematical models developed to describe dielectric-based OFETs where biasing and threshold voltages may be as high as tens of V. The application of such methods to a set of identical EGOFETs may produce standard deviations comparable to, if not higher than, their respective mean values. This phenomenon becomes particularly important if one considers the fact that threshold voltage variations are usually considered in order to characterise EGOFETs-based sensors: an analytical model specifically developed for EGOFETs is therefore strongly needed. To overcome this issue, this project proposes the employment of the finite elements method. In a first step, a model able to describe the electric field between the source and drain electrodes (as a function of the applied voltages and electrodes geometry) will be developed.
In a second phase, an organic semiconductor module able to describe the charge accumulation and transport phenomena typically occurring inside the semiconducting layer of an EGOFET will be created.
A third step will consist in the development of a model able to provide an estimation of the gate/electrolyte capacitance as a function of the gate electrode geometry, its potential and the chemo-physical characteristics of the electrolyte.
Finally, the three aforementioned models will be combined in order to obtain a comprehensive analytical tool capable of accurately describing the EGOFETs electrical characteristics, i.e. a set of equations expressing the transistors currents in terms of the applied voltages, materials properties and structure geometry. Such equations will be used to accurately extract the transistors most important figures of merit (in particular, the threshold voltage Vth).
This model will be used to fit the experimental curves obtained from the EGOFETs fabricated in our laboratory, either by “traditional” photolithographic process or by inkjet-printing. Such a comparison will allow, on one hand, the evaluation of the model quality and, on the other, the improvement of the devices fabrication steps.

Context: The experimental work will be carried out at the ITODYS laboratory in the "Surfaces, Nanostructuration and Reactivity" department, whose activities concern the development of new methods for surface functionalisation, the control of the organisation of grafted or adsorbed structures on these surfaces and the development of systems making use of this functionalisation or structuring. In particular, the team BIOSS (Bioactive Surfaces and Sensors, led by Prof. B. Piro), which will host the post-doctoral researcher, develops and characterises biosensors based on organic electronic devices in which the active element is capable of providing a macroscopic response to a molecular recognition event.

Expected profile: Applicants should have a PhD degree in a relevant physics, chemistry or materials science discipline. A solid knowledge of finite elements modelling is required. Experience on transistors modelling and/or electrochemical systems modelling would be also highly appreciated. Applications including a full CV, at least two letters of recommendation and a publication list should be sent electronically.

 


 

Febuary 2018

 

Topic: Biomimetic and functional interfaces /nano-objects for electrocatalysis

The modification of surfaces with functional molecules allows a fine control over the interfacial properties of materials, while preserving their intrinsic properties. This lead to the development of innovative materials dedicated to analytics (higher sensibility / selectivity for diagnosis and therapeutics in (nano-) medicine for example) or to catalytic purposes (better performances and selectivity of processes). Control of the phenomena taking place at the solid (material) / liquid (analyte, electrolyte) interface is crucial for developing effective technologies.
We have demonstrated in the laboratory that the chemical grafting of organic molecules, using aryldiazonium chemistry, allows the introduction of molecular functions and/or nano-structuring on metallic surfaces in a very effective, versatile and extremely robust way, whether on massive or divided materials (spherical nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires). It is then possible to control the interface of the metallic materials at the molecular scale, thanks to the grafting of a single organic monolayer.
During this Ph.D., a new concept based on the control of the interfacial reactivity through the molecular functionalization of catalytic surfaces will be explored, on both massive and divided materials. This new concept is bioinspired, notably by metalloenzymes capable of catalyzing complex processes, where multiple electronic exchanges are coupled with protons transfers, with high efficiency and selectivity. These multi-electronic processes allow the activation of small fuel molecules (O2, H2, H+, CO2, H2O), which still remains a challenge for both fundamental studies and applications in various fields (energy, environment, eco-processes). In particular, activation of small fuel molecules will give access to a clean and sustainable source of energy, with the possibility to convert chemical energy into electrical one with a maximal efficiency.
Through the grafting of functional macrocycles or through the molecular nanostructuring, biomimetic interfaces and nano-objects will be developed in order to reach a better selectivity / efficiency regarding these multi-electronic processes. The implemented methodology for designing these objects will be based on the recognized expertise of the host laboratory in the field of surface functionalization (Nature Commun. 2012, DOI 10.1038 / ncomms2121, J. Phys. Chem. C dx.doi.org. / 10.1021 / jp5052003; Chem. Commun. DOI 10.1039 / c6cc04534k, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry doi.org / 10.1016 / j.coelec.2017.11.003). The functionalized surfaces and nano-objects will be designed, realized and characterized in the host laboratory, employing various techniques (spectroscopy, electrochemistry, electronic microscopies). The strategy will then be evaluated by considering fundamental electrocatalytic reactions, namely conversion of O2, reduction of H+ or CO2. The catalytic reactivity and the interfacial phenomena will be thoroughly studied by electrochemical techniques and by electrochemical microscopy (SECM). Complementary techniques (Raman, in particular) will be also used for the identification of transient species. Syntheses and molecular modelling will be implemented, if needed.

Required skills: The candidate should be trained in at least one of the following fields: electrochemistry, physical chemistry of surfaces, biochemistry/biotechnology and/or synthesis of nano-objects.
Funding for 3 years from the Research Ministry (1374 € netto per month).

Supervisors: Corinne Lagrost and Yann Leroux (CR CNRS)
Should you be interested, please send a CV and a motivation letter before June, 15th, 2018.

Contact:
Corinne Lagrost corinne.lagrost@univ-rennes1.fr, 02 23 23 59 40
Yann Leroux yann.leroux@univ-rennes1.fr, 02 23 23 56 66



Febuary 2018

PhD position at Leiden University


The project is aimed to address one of the long standing dreams of electrochemists: the real time imaging of a WORKING electrode!

It is the intention of the project to image the surface of Pt(111) and Pt(100) electrodes on the atomic scale by STM during faradaic reactions, explicitly hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution and carbon monoxideoxidation. There are many hints in literature that structural changes occur, and the insight into this during these reactions is extremely important for a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms on the atomic scale. If successful, these results would establish a new ground for modeling electrochemical reactions on the atomic scale and thus would lead also to a much better understanding of electrocatalysis. The intended research is only possible on a very special microscope that is unique in the world. We have developed a high‐speed (video‐rate), high‐resolution electrochemical STM that is equipped with a real RHE, a flow cell for in‐situ electrolyte exchange, and a home‐made bipotentiostat allowing full operando conditions.

Under the supervision of two experts, Prof. M.T.M. Koper (chemistry: electrocatalysis and
electrochemical surface science) and Dr. M.J. Rost (physics: surface science, nanotechnology, and
STM/AFM technology), the PhD will learn to operate the microscope and to handle the dedicated
sample preparation and treatment, and will perform research in the field of platinum electrocatalysis. The research builds on recently published work: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-017-0015-z

Requirements: The operation of the microscope requires affinity with technical aspects that range from mechanics & material science, electronics & control theory, to fluid dynamics and experimental
electrochemistry. Although the details will be learned during the PhD, a certain general handiness is
prerequisite. The applicant should have a master degree in either physics or chemistry preferably with specialization that stands in relation to this open position. The contract will be on the basis of a full time employment for 4 years.

Contact: Please send your application with a complete CV and a motivation letter to
Prof. M.T.M. Koper
m.koper@lic.leidenuniv.nl / https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/chemistry/casc
Dr. M.J. Rost
rost@Physics.LeidenUniv.nl / www.physics.leidenuniv.nl/rost


 

Febuary 2018


PhD Opportunity, University of Strathclyde and National Physical Laboratory (NPL)


Title: Fibre optic sensors for pH measurement in harsh environments

Supervisors: Prof. S. Roy and Dr. T. Green (University of Strathclyde); co-supervisor Dr. G. Hinds (National Physical Laboratory)

Project Description:
In oil and gas production, the ability to accurately determine pH in harsh, downhole environments is critical for cost effective materials selection, risk assessment and condition monitoring. Despite the importance of such measurements, no reliable technique has yet been established that is capable of measuring pH in the relevant temperature range (100 – 200 °C) at elevated pressure and in the presence of aggressive chemical species. Existing potentiometric-based pH sensors have relatively poor chemical and thermal stability and their response is compromised by the high salt concentrations typical of oil and gas production environments.
In this project, a novel pH sensor for high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) environments using a functionalised optical fibre will be developed. The accuracy and stability of the sensor will be evaluated in a standard HTHP autoclave against existing pH measurement techniques and used to validate pH prediction models, including one under development at National Physical laboratory (NPL). The potential impact of the project would be to establish a sensor technology capable of being deployed in the Oil & Gas sector and related industries such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
The candidate will be working between the University of Strathclyde and National Physical Laboratory developing the sensor technology and, typically, will spend 8 - 12 weeks per year at NPL (Teddington, UK).

Funding Notes:
A full PhD studentship is available for 3 years but this is only available for EU/UK Nationals.
Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a high 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake challenging, multidisciplinary research. Experience in corrosion testing, electrochemistry or nanoparticle synthesis is highly desirable.

Further Information and How to Apply

Contact Details:
Contact Professor Sudipta Roy: sudipta.roy@strath.ac.uk

Application Deadline: 30th April 2018


 

Febuary 2018

The Photoelectrochemical Division of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials
(http://www.rcptm.com/research-divisions/photoelectrochemical/)
at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) announce the opening of a new postdoctoral position in scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications. The position is open within the European project “Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications” jointly supervised by Profs. Patrik Schmuki and Radek Zboril.

The successful candidate will be responsible for operating a unique scanning electrochemical microscope equipped with an optical set-up enabling Photoelectrochemistry on nanostructured thin films. The research will focus on the photoelectrochemical and electrochemical characterization though SECM of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various partners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

Required experience:
• PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English;
• Experience in scanning electrochemical microscopy and/or electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry;


Benefits:
We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join two well-known research groups with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), HRTEM, AFM, STM, 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.


Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: radek.zboril@upol.cz, schmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.de, stepan.kment@upol.cz, alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Screening of applicants will resume immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will receive a one-year contract with possible extension up to five-years.



January 2018


A 3-year PhD position is open in NanoChemistry group at Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark.

The project is aimed at Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells. The position will be available from the 1st June 2018 to the 31st May 2011 and be supervised by Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor). The project is funded by Danish Research Council (DFF) in close cooperation with Danish Power Systems ApS and Potsdam University.

Project Description
This project aims at development of biocatalysts for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) with high activity and long lifetime. We plan to design and synthesize redox enzymes with graphene to construct biocatalysts. Enzymes which can catalyze oxidation of fuel molecules such as glucose and alcohol, reduction of dioxygen will be chosen as targeted enzymes for bioanodes and cathodes, respectively. The project will construct biocatalysts with a large surface area in 3 dimensions (3D) to confine enzymes and increase their stability and electron transfer efficiency. The most promising biocatalysts will be used as electrode materials to construct EBFCs. Interdisciplinary methodology from chemistry, biochemistry and energy conversion will be employed to investigate structure-function relations of the newly developed biocatalysts. Electrochemistry techniques play a role for investigation of both the biocatalysts and the EBFCs. The project tasks contain construction of biocatalysts with electrocatalytic function for biocathode and bioanode, structural and functional study of the biocatalysts, design and construction of EBFCs and test them in the EBFCs.

Successful candidate will join in NanoChemistry group, which is part of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section at Department of Chemistry. The group is active and international. It has strong expertise on electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, chemical syntheses of inorganic nanomaterials and in situ scanning probe microscopies such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Research activities such as chemical syntheses of functional nanomaterials such as metal/metal oxides nanoparticles, graphene for development of clean energy are running in the group.

Responsibilities and tasks for the PhD position
For qualified PhD candidate, you are expected to take following responsibilities and learning objectives:

1. Research: Design, syntheses and fabrication of graphene-biocatalysts. Electrochemical investigations. Bioelectrochemistry. Systematic property and structural characterization of the developed biocatalysts. Construction and operation of enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs). Development of long-life of biocatalysts with high efficiency for EBFCs.
2. Team work: work together and cooperate with senior scientists, postdocs, PhD students, master and bachelor students in the group. Actively collaborate with national and international academic partners and industry partners.
3. Management: Planning and following up development of the project. Conducting experiments regularly and summarizing results monthly.
4. Dissemination: Active participation at group meeting and international conferences. Composing manuscripts for publications in international journals.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a master's degree in chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry or biophysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:

1. A strong experimental background in bioelectrochemistry, biofuel cells, electrochemistry, energy conversion, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, and physical chemistry.
2. A strong background relating to experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical data modelling.
3. A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis of graphene, 3 dimensional graphene or its hybrids and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.
4. Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.
5. Independence and cooperation with the research team.
6. Good communication in the English language.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide (http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/PhDguide).

Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
For additional information please contact Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email: jz@kemi.dtu.dk.
You can read more about NanoChemistry group on http://www.kemi.dtu.dk/english/Research/InorganicChemistry/NanoChemistry

Application
Please submit your application no later than 31st March 2018 through online submission system. Promising applicants will be contacted and called for interviews.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration to jz@kemi.dtu.dk. The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- At least two recommendation letters from his/her supervisors
- Grade transcripts of BSc and MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system
(see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
- Research plan
- Bachelor and MSc thesis

Candidates may apply prior to ob¬tai¬ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.



January 2018

 

Postdoc Research Position Available at the Nanobioelectronics Laboratory


About the Nanobioelectronics Laboratory (http://nanobioelectronics.weebly.com/):
The Nanobioelectronics Laboratory (NBEL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 2015. The focus is on integrating functional biomaterials with micro- and nano- systems for monitoring of chemical and biological markers and their utilization onto the next generation of mobile and network real-world personalized health monitoring applications. A centerpiece of the current research efforts is biosensing systems development and integration to provide holistic solutions for real-world use. The focus of our work is aimed specifically at in-vivo and in-vitro clinical applications.

Positions Description:
The Nanobioelectronics Laboratory has an available position for a Post-Doctoral fellow, effective from May 2018. The position is geared towards the development of bio-microsystems technology, materials, devices and systems for (A) Molecular sensing for neurological health management, (B) Wearable devices for personalized health monitoring in the world of the Internet of Things. Successful candidate should hold or pursue degree in Engineering Sciences with strong written and verbal communication skills in English. The research areas of focus span the fields of engineering, biology, electrochemistry, and materials science and involve collaborative work with clinical teams. The candidate will be expected to work independently, publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences, and take on a mentorship role for undergraduate students.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Self-motivation
- Strong aptitude and demonstrated expertise in hands-on experimental research
- Experience with biosensors, bioelectronics, microfluidics, and machine learning algorithms, but not required
- Experience with electrochemical characterization techniques
- Expertise in device design and microfabrication processes
• Background in materials synthesis, characterization, and lab-on-a-chip device integration will be considered a plus.
- The desire to work in a collaborative, dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international team

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae along with a short statement of research interests to Dr. Hadar Ben-Yoav (benyoav@bgu.ac.il). Please also advise the website of the Kreitman School of Advanced Studies for information about Post-Doctoral procedures and competitive scholarships @BGU.


 

January 2018


Professor of Physical Chemistry at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory of Electrochemistry at the PSI

EPFL is a leading university with strong emphasis on basic sciences, engineering and life sciences. Research within its School of Basic Sciences includes chemical physics, energy conversion and catalysis.

PSI is a center for multi-disciplinary research and one of the world’s leading user laboratories. It hosts Swiss research and user facilities in fields from nuclear engineering to structural biology. With its 1200 employees, it is an autonomous institution within the Swiss ETH domain.

We are looking for a person for the joint position of Professor of Physical Chemistry at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory for Electrochemistry at PSI.

The Challenge
As Head of the Laboratory for Electrochemistry at PSI, your mission will be to advance the scientific and technological understanding of electro-chemical energy storage and conversion, specifically in the context of a sustainable energy system .
As Professor of Physical Chemistry, you will promote collaboration in your field between PSI and EPFL. We are looking for a person with interests and abilities to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and direct EPFL Master and PhD students in their research.

The large-scale research facilities of PSI, including the synchrotron light source SLS, the neutron source SINQ and the Swiss Free Electron Laser SwissFEL, provide unique opportunities for the ex situ and operando characterization of materials, components, electrochemical devices, and processes. The Head of Laboratory will have unique access to these outstanding facilities.

For this demanding but highly rewarding position, we are seeking a person of international standing in battery electrochemistry.

Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statement of research and teaching interests as well as the names and addresses (including email) of at least five references should be submitted in PDF format via the website

https://facultyrecruiting.epfl.ch/position/10256384

by March 15th, 2018.

Questions should be addressed to:

Prof. Thomas Schmidt
Head of the Division Energy and Environment at PSI
Email: ThomasJustus.Schmidt@psi.ch

and/or

Prof. Lyndon Emsley
Director of the Institute of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at EPFL
Email: lyndon.emsley@epfl.ch

For additional information on EPFL and PSI, please consult: https://www.epfl.ch or https://www.psi.ch