|Publication date||23 September 2021|
|Closing date||25 October 2021|
|Level of education||Master's degree|
|Hours||38 hours per week|
|Salary indication||€2,434 to €3,111 gross per month|
Using CO2 as a feedstock for the industrial production of chemicals is an appealing approach to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike traditional thermal catalysis, which consumes considerable amounts of energy, electrochemical processes do not require elevated temperatures and can be driven by clean electricity. Particularly desirable, but poorly investigated, is the direct conversion of carbon dioxide into lower alcohols and aldehydes.
We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested to unravel this electrochemical conversion process using advanced quantum mechanical (DFT) based simulations methods, incorporating the thermal and solvent effects by molecular dynamics techniques. Elucidating the reaction mechanisms and quantifying the role of the electrode material and electrolyte will provide a quantitative theoretical basis that connects with experimental studies within the consortium. The combined experimental/theoretical insights should guide to novel design principles for the development of future efficient and clean electrochemical CO2 conversion processes.
In the project you will:
You are expected to:
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and Master students.
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,434 to €3,111 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavor & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Synthesis & Catalysis, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 25 October 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.
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