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PhD studentship in Physical Chemistry/Electrocatalysis, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

One PhD position is available at the Nano Chemistry section at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen, to work on the experimental development and characterisation of new catalysts for the oxygen electroreduction in fuel cells, commencing on 1 May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Project description and scientific environment

The work will be focus on the synthesis, testing and characterisation of the catalysts. The employment is in the Nano Electrocatalysis group of Assistant Professor Maria Escudero-Escribano. It relies heavily on a close collaboration between theory and experiment. It will be in collaboration with other partners of the Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals (V-SUSTAIN), in particular the Technical University of Denmark and Stanford University.


Candidates for the PhD positions should have a Masters’ degree in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science.

The successful candidates should be well-motivated, willing and able to work as part of a team and have good English skills. Relevant work experience in electrocatalysis, in particular fuel-cell reactions, and previous publications are welcomed.


Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms of the PhD position are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. They must include:

  • A cover letter motivating the application
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas, including transcript of grades
  • Contact details (name and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


Should you have any queries regarding the position, please contact Professors Maria Escudero Escribano ( or Jan Rossmeisl (

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Maria Escudero Escribano


Ansøgningsfrist: 31-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Chemistry

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