PhD scholarship: Metal Centers for Activation of Small Molecules in Porous Materials

DTU Chemistry
Friday 13 Oct 17

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One PhD fellowship is available in the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (CSC) at DTU Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark. CSC has an application-oriented research strategy and employs currently about 15 PhD students and post docs in an international environment.  

Responsibililties and tasks
You will be engaged in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of metal centers in heterogeneous catalysts and porous materials such as metal organic frameworks. It is a collaborative research project with several university partners. The project involves catalyst and material preparation and characterization by in-situ and operando spectroscopy.

A successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Masters degrees. The candidate should have a master's degree or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. The candidate should have a strong background in experimental chemistry and commitment to research. The ideal candidate has a background in inorganic chemistry and one or more spectroscopic methods.

Candidates should have ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Susanne Mossin.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The position is available for a three-year period with start from 15 November 2017 or shortly after.

During the three years, the PhD student must make an external stay of approximately 3 months at a partner university.

Further information
For further information about this project, please contact Associate Professor Susanne Mossin e-mail:, phone: (+45) 4525 2391.  

You can read more about the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry on or the Department of Chemistry on   

Please submit your online application no later than 27 October 2017(Local time). 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: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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