PhD Student

In situ / operando characterization of catalysts

Your tasks

  • You will work on the preparation and advanced characterization of V-based catalysts mainly for the selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide
  • You will design and carry out in situ / operando IR, Raman and UV-vis spectroscopy experiments, possibly supplemented by experiments at synchrotron facilities
  • You will be responsible for building and using a sample environment for a dual comb laser IR spectrometer for novel time-resolved IR spectroscopy experiments
  • You will analyze and interpret the spectroscopic data with the aim of advancing the understanding of reaction mechanisms
  • You will disseminate your results in form of publications and presentations at national and international conferences

Your profile

  • You have a Master degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or material science
  • You have acquired first experience in in situ / operando characterization of materials, material synthesis and/or catalysis
  • Very good command of written and spoken English is a must
  • Basic knowledge of Linux, Python and/or MatLab is advantageous
  • You will be enrolled as a PhD student in the doctoral program of EPFL, from which you will receive the PhD title

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. Davide Ferri, phone +41 56 310 27 81.

Please submit your application online by 15 October 2023 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5105-00).

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