Postdoc in ”Silicon micro- and nanofabrication for catalyst studies”

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. project
Greater Copenhagen

Frist 30. september 2017

DTU Nanotech at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Postdoc in Silicon micro- and nanofabrication with focus on applications within catalyst studies for sustainable fuels and chemicals.

DTU Nanotech is a department with the overall mission of contributing to research, development and education within micro- and nanotechnology and has a strong tradition for conducting applied research for the benefit of society.

The Department actively contributes to basic research, where the aim is to develop methods and concepts as well as to enhance the insight in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology research goes across the boundaries between the traditional scientific fields. The research is often carried out in close collaboration with industry and universities around the world.

DTU Nanotech wishes to strengthen the experimental activities in micro- and nanotechnology applied to catalyst studies with particular emphasis on sustainable energy and chemicals. The position is initially affiliated with the Silicon Microtechnology group, which for a number of years successfully has applied cleanroom-based silicon micro- and nanotechnology to fabricate tools and samples for fundamental and applied studies of important catalytic processes. The research has been carried out in close collaboration with DTU Physics within SurfCat (earlier CINF). In recent years a significant fraction of the efforts have been devoted to catalysis for sustainable energy, e.g., harvesting of solar light in the form of a storable fuel using photo-catalysis, a field where world class research results have been produced.

Responsibilities and tasks
DTU Nanotech therefore seeks a Postdoc who can undertake a leading research role in experimental micro- and nanotechnology within the following areas:

  • Design and fabrication of micro- and nano-reactors for heterogeneous catalyst studies
  • Design and fabrication of micro-reactors for in operando X-ray characterization of catalyst material
  • Design and fabrication of micro-reactors for electro-catalysis studies
  • Design and fabrication of photo-electrodes for photo-electro-catalysis
  • Design and fabrication of tandem photo-electrodes for, e.g., water splitting using solar light

The successful candidate is expected to participate in teaching activities closely related to the research. The candidate is also expected to provide guidance and supervision to researchers and PhD students.

The research will be carried out in close collaboration with DTU Physics and DTU Danchip.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further qualifications:

  • The position requires a very strong background in experimental cleanroom based micro- and nanofabrication of silicon devices and structures, including experience in combining silicon processing with unconventional materials. Experience within design and fabrication of gas-phase micro-reactors for catalyst studies a well as with photo-electrodes for solar driven water splitting is an advantage
  • Candidates should already have obtained a well-documented research output in international recognized journals within their research field. Employment implies original research at high international level within the above mentioned research themes.

It is considered important that the candidate has a collaborative nature and a positive approach to challenges.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

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

Workplace and period of employment
The period of employment is at least 2 years.

Further information
Further information regarding the position and the Silicon Microtechnology group can be obtained from Professor Ole Hansen, tel.: +45 4525 5715.

You can read more about DTU Nanotech on

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2017. Apply online at

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures 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.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 220 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Application deadline 30 September 2017

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