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PhD student position: Energy Storage Materials for Sodium Batteries
At the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials (ICTM) of TU Graz in the research group Advanced Electrochemistry – Nanostructured Materials, we invite applications for a position from 1st January 2024 to 31st December 2024 for a PhD student / project assistant, salary group B1, Prae-Doc (PhD student), with a workload of 30 hours per week. The position is initially limited to 1 year, with an option to extend to a total of 3 years.
The position is part of the FFG-funded research project “Sustainable Active Materials for Sodium Ion Batteries (SAM4SIB)”. The position involves development of hard carbon active materials from renewable sources for sodium-ion batteries.
The PhD position is located at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Materials / Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology (Dr. Ilie Hanzu, https://www.tugraz.at/institute/ictm/research/hanzu-group ), together with a cooperation with the Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis (Prof. Gerald Kothleitner, https://felmi-zfe.at/ ). The project also includes cooperation with a renowned Austrian industrial partner.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Dr. Ilie Hanzu ([email protected])
• Research and project work
• Electrochemical characterization of hard carbons. Testing of hard carbons in half- and full cell configurations with various electrolytes
• Investigation of the sodium storage mechanisms in hard carbons from renewable resources; understanding structure – properties relations in hard carbons
• Writing of a dissertation and scientific publications
• Participation in project meetings and scientific events
• A high degree of willingness to cooperate with both internal and external partners.
• Completed Master degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or comparable fields
• Previous knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical techniques is required. Knowledge on non-aqueous electrochemistry for advanced batteries (Li-ion, Na-ion etc.) constitutes and advantage.
• Previous knowledge on electrode fabrication techniques and test cell assembly (Swagelok, coin-cells, pouch cells) is welcomed.
• Prior knowledge of diffraction and spectroscopic materials characterization techniques (XRD, FTIR/Raman, NMR etc.) is highly desired.
• A wide variety and exciting range of tasks in a collegial team
• A range of attractive social benefits (see Benefits for Employees of TU Graz)
• Wide range of internal and external training opportunities, various career options
• Central location of workplace as well as good accessibility in Graz.
Remuneration is based on the minimum wage for salary group B1 in accordance with the collective agreement for university employees and currently amounts to EUR 2,457.98 gross/month (paid 14 times a year) for a weekly workload of 30 hours.
Please send your application including CV and a letter of motivation to Dr. Ilie Hanzu by November 30th, 2023 with the reference “SAM4SIB” in the subject line: [email protected]
TU Graz is an Austrian leading institution of research and higher education in the fields of technology and natural sciences enrolling over 13,000 students and employing more than 1800 academic staff organized into 97 research institutes. Research, teaching and learning dedicated to the advancement of science and technology have been conducted here for more than 200 years, guided by the motto "Science – Passion – Technology". As a driver of innovation, TU Graz fosters close collaboration with business and industry and contributes to the welfare of society.
TU Graz is committed to increasing the proportion of women in particular in leadership positions. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to women when equally qualified, unless reasons specific to a male applicant tilt the balance in his favour. People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the representative for people with disabilities at TU Graz, Mr. Andreas Gössler.
Manufacturing of porous carbon: recycling of waste for the production of supercapacitor materials.
Capacitors are very efficient energy storage systems due, in particular, to their very rapid charge/discharge kinetics and a very long lifespan. They are currently the subject of strong activity in both fundamental and applied research, because this type of system represents a crucial issue in a sustainable and low-carbon development policy. Currently, porous carbons are the electrode materials of choice for the production of capacitors, due to their large specific surface area, their excellent electrical conduction, an adjustable pore size distribution, chemical stability over a wide range of potentials and a controlled cost. Recently, a lot of efforts have been undertaken to prepare these new materials from bio-based raw materials. (Dead leaves, poplar anthers, corn stalks, potatoes, coffee grounds, etc.)  Another major issue in our current societies is the management of our waste. In France, in 2020, 310 million tons of waste were produced.  On average, 4.6 tons of waste are produced per year and per inhabitant.  And only 20% of this waste is recovered.  In this context, the objective of this research project is the use of waste as raw material for the synthesis of new (micro/meso) porous carbons. The methods envisaged to achieve these objectives are pyrolysis under a controlled atmosphere of waste to obtain porous carbons as well as the activation of these carbons by chemical methods in order to obtain the desired porosities.
The recruited candidate will carry out their post-doctoral internship at the Institute of Chemical Sciences of Rennes (ISCR). He/she will have access to a fully equipped laboratory including a tubular furnace operating under a controlled atmosphere for the synthesis of porous carbons but also access to an electrochemistry laboratory with potentiostats dedicated to the characterization of supercapacitor materials obtained. Additional characterization equipment necessary for the project is available on the Beaulieu campus site (NMR, XPS, BET measurement, TEM, Raman, etc.) and will be used by the candidate.
Skills: The candidate must have a doctorate in at least one of the following disciplines: electrochemistry, physical chemistry, materials sciences. Experience in manufacturing porous carbon by pyrolysis is desired. English level B2 is strongly recommended.
Important: The candidate must have spent at least 18 months abroad between May 1, 2020 and the start of the project.
Interested candidates can send a CV + cover letter to the following address:
Contact: Yann Leroux [email protected]
Postdoc in van der Waals heterostructures
Are you an expert in van der Waals heterostructures of 2D materials? Do you have a passion for world-class research on spectroscopy and electrochemistry? We invite you to be a part of Dr. Matěj Velický's team, renowned for its groundbreaking work in 2D materials.
At our institute, we explore the fascinating world of 2D materials, focusing on their tunability and van der Waals heterostructures through various external stimuli, including electric field, strain, and light. As a member of our team, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the investigations of excitons in both homo- and heterobilayers of 2D semiconductors and influence of the twist-angle on electrocatalytic properties of these materials.
You will have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in physics, chemistry, or materials science. You will have a strong background in 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures research and a good experience in two or more of the following areas: device fabrication/transport measurements, photolithography, optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry.
You will be well versed in scientific work, driving your own research ideas, designing experiments, analysing data, forming sound conclusions, and writing manuscripts. You will have a good track-record of publishing research articles in respected journals, commensurate with your career stage.
We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic colleague with passion for fundamental science who has excellent communication skills and thrives working within a team of researchers.
Desirable criteria include experience in probe microscopy/spectroscopy techniques, micro-/nano-scale electrochemistry (SECM, SECCM), 5+ publications in high-impact journals.
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected]. Please, write SC2023_30 in the subject line of your email.
Full details can be found here: https://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/index.php/recruitment/postdoc-van-der-waals-heterostructures
Application deadline Open until filled
A Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA
(apply at https://jobs.lbl.gov/jobs/chemist-postdoctoral-scholar-6106)
In this exciting role, the Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar will direct and carry out diagnostic investigations of advanced energy storage systems; perform research that will define the fundamental issues affecting rechargeable battery performance; study the nature of physico-chemical properties of interfaces, nanostructures, and the mechanism of electrochemical and chemical phenomena that determine the behavior of the electrochemical energy storage systems. These research efforts will involve characterizing electrodes used in rechargeable batteries, preparing research publications, presentations and reports, assuring smooth operation of the electrochemical laboratories.
What You Will Do:
● Develop and apply modern advanced optical and x-ray spectroscopy and microscopy techniques for the characterization, modification and control of model lithium metal, silicon and other intermetallic anodes, advanced high-energy density Li-ion cathodes and their electrode/electrolyte interfaces in Li-ion rechargeable batteries. These techniques include optical in situ characterization methods such as, Raman, FTIR spectroscopy/microscopy, ellipsometry, TERS, near-field nano-FTIR techniques, scanning probe microscopy, XPS and X-ray absorption, and standard electrochemical techniques.
● Develop and deploy novel instrumental techniques and experimental methodologies to design and manufacture electrode materials and model electrodes, and study kinetic properties of electrode/electrolyte interfaces at adequate chemical, spatial and temporal resolution.
● Design and perform ex situ and in situ experiments on electrode samples from functioning Li-ion batteries as well as cell model systems.
● Process, analyze and present experimental data. This includes applying computer analysis and simulation programs to interpret experimental data and characterize battery electrode materials and interfaces.
● Adapt and combine various characterization techniques, develop innovative experimental approaches and improved methodologies for the treatment of experimental data. This work will focus on developing these techniques to understand kinetic and dynamic phenomena at these interfaces and many of the experiments will be performed at the Molecular Foundry and Advanced Light Source User Facilities.
● Develop new research ideas, proposals and new scientific initiatives.
● Prepare manuscripts, reports and presentations.
● Collaborate with research associates, post-doctoral fellows, industrial partners, visiting scientists and students with frequent meetings and discussions.
● Prepare materials for submissions and presentation to sponsors. Participate in and present results at selected meetings and seminars.
● Adhere with ETA and Lab safety requirements.
What is Required:
● Ph.D. in the chemical or material sciences and demonstrated proficiency and competency in the application of advanced characterization techniques to study electrochemical phenomena.
● Strong experience in the use of in situ spectroscopy and microscopy, image processing, data simulation, modeling and numerical analysis of spectroscopic and microscopic data.
● Strong experience in fundamental electrochemistry.
● Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
● Excellent communication both verbal and written and presentation skills.
● Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative and as a member of a diverse research team, collaborating toward goals, solving problems, and developing scientific ideas.
● Knowledge of chemistry of rechargeable battery systems.
● Familiarity with contemporary scientific challenges in battery science and technology.
For Consideration, please apply by Dec 1, 2023 with the following application materials:
● Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background
● Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
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● This is a full-time 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
● This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
● The monthly salary range for this position is $5,374.00 / mo - $7,316.00 / mo and is expected to start at $6,626.00 / mo or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral and/or related research experience.
● This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
● Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
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Assistant or Associate Professor of New Materials
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of materials chemistry. The department (https://chimie.umontreal.ca/english/home/) is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence in research and teaching. It is located in a new natural sciences complex (https://campusmil.umontreal.ca) with state-of-the-art facilities for materials science, including laboratories for continuous flow chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and mass spectrometry that are managed by expert staff. Applications in strategic areas of the department and the Université de Montréal that will extend research horizons in the fields of inorganic chemistry, materials for sustainable development, and materials related to energy are particularly encouraged. Exceptional candidates will also be strongly considered for a Research Chair of the newly created Institut Courtois in materials science for blue-sky research.
The appointed candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate students, have an active research program, publish original work, and actively contribute to departmental and university activities.
> Doctorate degree in chemistry or a related area
> Postdoctoral research experience
> Excellent publication record
> Potential or demonstrated ability to provide high-quality university teaching in chemistry
> Ability to create and sustain a research program of international calibre
> An adequate knowledge of written and spoken French language or a strong commitment to mastering the French language proficiency required, in accordance with Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.
How to submit your application
The application file sent to the department Chair should contain the following documents:
> Cover letter; including a summary of the motivation for applying and the pertinence of the candidacy for a chaired professor position in the Institut Courtois in materials science for blue-sky research.
o The applicant must include one of the following statements: “I am a citizen/permanent resident of Canada” or “I am not a citizen/permanent resident of Canada” in the cover letter.
> Research statement (up to 5 pages)
> Teaching philosophy statement (1 page)
> Curriculum vitæ
> Copies of 3 recent publications or research papers
> Three letters of recommendation, which must be sent directly to the department Chair by the referees
The application file and letters of recommendation must be sent by email before November 15th 2023 to:
Jean-Francois Masson, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Email: [email protected]
Additional information about the position
Reference number FAS 09-23 / 20
Application deadline Until November 15th 2023 inclusively
Salary Université de Montréal offers competitive salaries and a full range of benefits
Starting date As of June 1st, 2024
Two-year postdoc position in enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis at Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University
A two-year postdoc position in enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis at Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, starting from at earliest 01 September 2023. The submission deadline is 09 June 2023.
Enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis is an emerging field of using relatively-cheap electricity to drive biocatalysis reactions for the synthesis of high value-added molecules. Reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, i.e., NADH, is a very common electron donor used in many biological processes. NADH dependent enzymes are versatile to catalyze many useful reduction reactions. In this context, electrochemical NADH regeneration holds the key for enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis. This postdoctoral position is announced as part of the project called “Enzymatic Bioelectrosynthesis for Developing Novel Pharmaceuticals” funded by a Novo Nordisk Foundation Start Package grant with the aim of establishing a compact system for electrochemical NADH regeneration and enabled chiral molecule synthesis.
For further information, please refer to https://www.stillinger.aau.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/vis-stilling?vacancyId=1209738. To submit your application, click “Ansøg” at the bottom of the webpage. If you have any questions, please, contact Dr. Xinxin Xiao: [email protected].