Postdoctoral scientist in CO2 Electro-catalysis/Artificial Photosynthesis
An immediate position for a chemist or chemical engineer to predict and make catalysts for the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to multicarbon products.
The successful candidate will design procedures for the prediction and synthesis of catalysts, validation of their atomic and electronic structure, integration within conducting materials/ electrodes, and determine their mechanisms of product formation and yields. Incorpration of the catalysts within electrolyzers and electrochemical reactors for converting gas to liquids/solids using electricity; microkinetic modelling of chemical mechanisms using computational tools. The individual will join a team of scientists/engineers working on renewable energy conversion and storage via chemicals that can replace petrochemical and biological feedstocks.
Preferred backgrounds include chemistry, materials science, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering. The candidate will collaborator with experts in the field of: 1) ab initio electronic structure methods for elucidation of mechanisms; 2) design and fabrication of electrolyzers for CO2 conversion. Opportunities are available for exceptional candidates with strong publication records who are highly motivated regardless of their specific area of expertise. Funding for this project is provided by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. A list of relevant publications and background for this project is attached.
Special Instructions to candidates:
Personal Statement must include expectations for training, publication and future professional plans beyond this appointment.
Reference Letters (3 minimum) must be from technical mentors , at each level, pre- and post-graduate.
Additional Documents include proof of undergraduate and graduate degrees and level of proficiency.
Minimum Education and Experience:
PhD in experimental chemistry or physics.
Electrolysis, electrosynthesis, separations: chromatography, NMR, mass spectrometry, Xray diffraction, electron microscopies, Xray spectroscopies, electrochemistry, and potentiometry.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
40 hours per week , on site in a laboratory environment, and movement between multiple laboratories in different buildings.
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