PhD Student: CO2 to Formate at Leiden University

Applications are invited for a PhD position in environmental sciences to join Leiden University, Netherlands. The funds for this fellowship are available for three years. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

The project is part of a NWO funded "Materials for Sustainability" project. We combine experimental and theoretical studies of CO reacting with metallic Cu particles and single crystals to gain fundamental insight into the structure dependence of the initial elementary steps in the conversion of CO into useful chemicals, e.g. CH OH.

The experimental studies in Leiden combine supersonic molecular beam techniques, state-resolved infrared excitation, and (curved) single crystals of Cu. Reactivity is probed by infrared spectroscopy of dissociation products or subsequent intermediates on Cu single crystals. We also study the reactivity of CO on well-defined Cu particles deposited onto single crystal substrates, which are characterised, by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organised around two major research areas: 'Chemical Biology' and 'Energy & Sustainability'. The institute's research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.For more information, see

We offer a full-time 1-year term position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary rangefrom 2.266 to 2.897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside The Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

LeidenUniversityis strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to dr. Ludo Juurlink :

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary mrs. Jos Dijkzeul: , telephone: 071 527 4251. To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to the secretary of the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry group, Mrs. Jos Dijkzeul: Please ensure that you join to your application the vacancy number and the following additional documents:

Only applications received before October 15th, 2018 will be considered.


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