PhD Student

Operando spectroscopic assessment of particle size and compositional effects in CO2-reduction electrocatalysts

Your tasks

The European Training Network CATCHY provides a concerted effort to design novel high-performance thermo- and electro-catalysts for the conversion of CO2 into addedvalue synthetic fuels. In this context, your work will focus on:
  • Uncovering the relation between nanoparticle sizes, compositions and their product selectivity upon CO2-electroreduction using samples provided by the project's partners 
  • Participate in the design of the experimental setups allowing in situ/operando X-Ray absorption spectroscopy measurements of these materials and perform such experiments at the Swiss Light Source 
  • Actively interact with your colleagues at PSI’s Electrochemistry Laboratory and the Operando Spectroscopy Group, as well as with the EU network partners. 
  • Publish the results of these works in well regarded journals

Your profile

You hold a university degree (MSc or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or a related field. You have hands-on experience in electrochemistry, enjoy practical work using advanced instrumentation and like to conduct research in a team. You possess very good communication skills in English. Welcome assesst include experience in analytical- and/or radiation-methods (e.g. gas chromatography, spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction), and/or with design software (e.g. Inventor).

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

For further information, please contact Dr Juan Herranz Salaner, phone +41 56 310 55 62.

Please submit your application online by 15 March 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5423-02).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland 
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