The position is funded by the Horizon Europe Work Programme. The overarching aim of STORMING (STructured unconventional reactors for CO2-fRee Methane catalytic cracking) aims to develop catalytic reactors powered by renewable electricity to produce simultaneously H2 and high-quality and highly-oriented Carbon Nano Tubes (CNTs) from sustainable carbon sources.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
The goal is to grow highly oriented carbon nano tubes which can be used for e.g.  replacing steel based materials. DTU has access to size selected cluster source deposition equipment for producing model catalyst systems and it has an electron microscopy facility, DTU Nanolab, that houses an aberration corrected ETEM enabling in situ growth studies of model catalysts.

You will mainly work on two tracks:

  1. Metallic clusters, with accurate control in composition and size will be deposited on flat supports (steel, SiN, SiO, etc. ). The catalyst will be tested in a dedicated setup and characterized ex situ to select the combination of catalyst composition, temperature, gas-feed composition (CH4, CH4/H2), and GHSV to promote CNT base-growth.
  2. In situ TEM will be used to perform correlative imaging analysis of the most promising catalysts using temporal atomic resolved data acquired on state-of-the-art Aberration-Corrected Electron Microscope setup, and to investigate the growth orientation of CNTs compared to the catalyst metallic NP size and facet distribution. SCO and SCH will be tested as “chemical scissors” to enable large scale CNT harvesting.  

You are well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent in Physics, but candidates with appropriate background and a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science will also be considered.

It is preferable that you have an extensive experience with in situ transmission electron microscopy as well as a strong experimental background in catalysis or surface science. Experience with CNT growth and clusters/nanoparticles is highly desirable.

You should have demonstrated a scientific production and research potential at the highest international level. You should also have demonstrated outstanding problem-solving skills, good communication skills in both spoken and written English, and experience in working independently and in a team. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is for 24 months.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Associate Professor Christian Danvad Damsgaard

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Your online application must be submitted no later than 5 September 2022 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A cover letter motivating the application. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas incl. list of grades obtained
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of min. 2 references.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their PhD degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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