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Early Stage Researcher/PhD position (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN "BIKE") in Heterogeneous Catalysis and SOMC

ABG-86139 Sujet de Thèse
16/06/2019 > 45 et < 55 K€ brut annuel
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Durham University
Durham - Royaume-Uni
Early Stage Researcher/PhD position (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN "BIKE") in Heterogeneous Catalysis and SOMC
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Catalysis, organometallic, heterogeneous, homogeneous, reforming

Description du sujet

An EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available to work in the area of novel synthesis methods for bimetallic aqueous-phase reforming catalysts in the Chemistry Department of Durham University, Durham, UK.

 

The successful applicant will carry out European Union-funded research within the “BIKE: BImetallic catalysts Knowledge-based development for Energy applications” Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (lTN) project (Grant agreement no. 813748), which offers unique doctoral training and research opportunities. The BIKE project will develop the next generation of catalysts for “green” and “blue” hydrogen production (from water electrolysis and via steam-methane reforming coupled with carbon capture and storage {CCS}, respectively). BIKE will use a holistic bimetallic catalyst design approach, which combines complementary multidisciplinary expertise in predictive computational modelling; operando characterization of working catalysts; the design, synthesis, and preparation of tuneable bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts; reactor and process design; and testing and demonstration in industrial facilities. The BIKE network comprises 10 member institutions and partner organisations, spanning both academia and industry, located in Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In total, 14 ESRs will be recruited across the BIKE network and each will conduct research on a specific, but closely related research area. The ESRs will work in areas spanning heterogeneous catalysis, green chemistry, hydrogen economy, and materials and chemical sciences within a framework of highly specialized research groups from leading European academic and industrial laboratories. The network will provide outstanding inter-disciplinary training opportunities through hands-on research projects, international lab exchanges, industrial secondments, and specialist workshops and conferences. ESRs are generously funded with many opportunities for travel and networking.

Prise de fonction :

01/10/2019

Nature du financement

Contrat doctoral

Précisions sur le financement

EU

Présentation établissement et labo d'accueil

Durham University

Department of Chemistry, Durham University

The successful candidate will be based primarily in Durham, but will be expected to visit and work closely with colleagues across the BIKE network to deliver the multi-disciplinary objectives of this project.

Durham Chemistry is one of the very best UK departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and employability of our students. Ranked 5th in REF2014 in terms of grade point average and 1st for research impact. The Department is ranked in the Top 100 according to the QS World University Rankings 2019 and routinely features high in national league tables and is 3rd in the Complete University Guide 2018. Our research spans the range of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry. In particular, the Department has a strong research in profile in synthetic inorganic chemistry, materials, and catalysis, supported by state-of- the-art analytical and experimental facilities.

This full-time, fixed-term ESR position will based at Durham University’s Chemistry Department(Durham, UK) under the supervision of Drs Simon Beaumont and Phil Dyer and will involve research and study in the area of heterogeneous catalysis, specifically the synthesis of bimetallic catalysts using tuned and hierarchical porous oxide supports – this will be achieved using both the immobilisation of well-defined organometallic precursors and solution phase nanoparticle syntheses; characterization using a range of techniques and determination of structure-activity relationships in bimetallic catalysts through lab-scale catalyst testing and kinetic analysis for energy applications such as hydrogen generation. See recent publications from the Beaumont and Dyer groups: Nat. Mater. 2016, 15, 178; Top. Catal. 2018, 61, 977; ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 4919;Catal. Today 2019, 10.1016/j.cattod.2019.03.017 (in press); Top. Catal. 2018, 61, 213. The ESR will collaborate in research, attend joint training events, and contribute to workshops and conferences across the BIKE network. The post-holder will be expected to register to study for a PhD (3 years) as an integral part of this ESR position. The ESR will be provided with a generous stipend to cover their living costs and travel for the duration of the 3 years; tuition fees will be paid for this period. They will also receive funds to support their participation in the BIKE-ITN European-wide research and training events. The network ESR/PhD students will receive training primarily through their host institute with additional training provided by visits to other host institutes and industrial partners in the network.

Intitulé du doctorat

Early Stage Researcher/Doctorate in Chemistry

Pays d'obtention du doctorat

Royaume-Uni

Etablissement délivrant le doctorat

Durham University

Ecole doctorale

Profil du candidat

Essential:

Qualifications

  Master’s degree (MSc) or equivalent such as MChem or MSci (but not BSc) in apredominantly chemistry-orientated discipline or a related field (e.g. chemicalengineering or materials’ chemistry).

  A good first degree in chemistry or a related field (e.g. chemical engineering ormaterials’ chemistry).

Experience

 Demonstrated ability in conducting high quality academic research involving inorganic synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, or materials’ characterisation.

Technical Skills

  Experience of heterogeneous catalysis.

  Hands-on expertise of materials’ characterisation using IR spectroscopy, surface area

measurements, acquisition and in-depth interpretation of powder X-ray diffraction data,

catalyst testing experience, experience of electron microscopy.

  Good computational skills including use of Microsoft Office (or equivalent) for text and

data manipulation and appropriate numerical analysis software.

Other requirements

  Have an excellent general knowledge of related areas of chemistry through university study, reading of the literature, use of on-line database searching, attendance at seminars or conferences, etc.

  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a willingness to interact cooperatively with academic, industrial, and support staff.

  Well-organised and highly-motivated with good time-management skills and the ability to focus on project objectives.

  Willingness to assist with day-to-day operation of the research group, to assume a share of group responsibilities, and to contribute to impact reports, dissemination and outreach activities, including updates of the BIKE project website, secondment and training event reports, posters, etc.

  Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. It is a requirement that applicants can demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefit from the network training, and to embark on a PhD at Durham University.

  Willingness to re-locate to reside within a reasonable distance of Durham University (or seconded institution) for the duration of the post.

There are strict eligibility and residency requirements that must be met by applicants for this position. Applicants must be either European citizens (from EU Member States or Associated Countries, but not residents of the UK), or from Other Third Countries (i.e. USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, China, etc.).
 
At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment/signature of the contract) applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Have less than 4 years research experience (measured from the time their Master’s or equivalent degree was awarded)

• Not have a doctorate/PhD

• Be a national of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization to which they are applying (unless they have legally resided outside that country for at least 3 out of the last 4 years)

• Not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

Desirable:

  Experience in inert-atmosphere chemistry, molecular synthesis (organometallic and/or coordination chemistry), and analysis of analytical, spectroscopic, and kinetic data.

  Hands-on expertise in catalyst testing using gases/liquids at elevated pressure; reaction monitoring through mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography (GC) and NMR spectroscopic methods; and proven ability to analyse the obtained results.

  Publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  Previous experience in collaborating within interdisciplinary and/or international research teams.

Date limite de candidature

03/07/2019
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