Hydrogen is becoming one of the key energy carriers for the future to deal with the challenge of climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, also because it can help to compensate for the intermittency of renewable energy resources, while it can be sustainably produced from e.g. solar and wind power through the electrolysis of water. Large-scale usage of H2, however, will necessitate its storage at massive scales. Multiple H2 storage options exist, among which through the production and use of NaBH4, associated with the regeneration of the spent fuel NaBO2. It is the purpose of this research project to develop NaBH4 as circular H2 storage option by modernizing the Brown-Schlesinger process.

What are you going to do

You will be expected to:

  • be active in the fundamental and applied main-group chemical research of our research group that operates at the intersection of fundamental physical (in)organic chemistry, main-group chemistry, and circular chemistry, publishing in high level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and supervising PhD students;
  • developing in particular novel chemical conversions of boric acid and derivatives to alkali metal borohydrides, to close the cycle and enable the use of NaBH4 as a circular hydrogen carrier 
  • attract external funding;
  • involve in the regular meetings with our industrial partner on this project 
  • collaborate with other partners by contributing main-group and inorganic chemistry expertise to (joint) research projects.

What do we require

  • a PhD degree in main group and/or inorganic chemistry;
  • a strong scientific expertise in main group chemistry and synthetic inorganic chemistry;
  • demonstrated experience in physical (in)organic chemistry, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and synthetic chemistry;
  • the ability and willingness to expand your knowledge to industrial chemistry and scale-up, as well as techno-economic analyses;
  • you can show enthusiasm and scientific rigor that meets the requirements of the project.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting on November 1, 2022 or sooner if possible, for the duration of 12 months. 

Based on a full-time contract (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,846 to €4,490 (scale 10), depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract. 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.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a function in which initiative is strongly valued;
  • an enthusiastic team that welcomes new members;
  • an inspiring academic and international environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

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, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Synthesis & Catalysis and Molecular Photonics.

The Synthetic Organic Chemistry (SOC) group is part of the Sustainable Chemistry research theme. As part of SOC and sustainable chemistry, the Slootweg group focuses on developing sustainable main-group chemistry, ideally suited to realize a circular economy. The mission of Slootweg group is to educate students at the intersection of fundamental physical organic chemistry, main-group chemistry, and circular chemistry.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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 November 1, 2022, the latest. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; 
  • a letter of motivation.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your cv when referring to your education and work experience.

We will recruit until the positions are filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this prior to the final date of the application window. 

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.

If you encounter Error GBB451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application.

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