PhD Studentship/marie Sklodowska-curie Esr Photocatalysis Using Solar Fuels

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a PhD position in electrochemistry. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 3 years in UK. Applicants should apply before January 31, 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

We invite applications for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (MSC-ESR) Fellowship to work with Professor Erwin Reisner on the development of novel photocatalysts and photoanodes and to exploit their unique reactivity for the selective oxidation of organic substrates. The objective is to develop alternative oxidation processes to water oxidation and to produce high-value chemicals via photooxidation to enable early-stage commercialisation of solar fuel technologies. Ultimately, the light-driven oxidation of organic substrates will be coupled to fuel synthesis as the cathodic process. Analytical methods include electrochemistry, chromatography (GC, HPLC, MS) and NMR spectroscopy.

The project will form part of a EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network (SOLAR2CHEM), which unites 12 beneficiaries and 8 partner organisations from both the academic and industrial sectors from 9 countries (United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland and Hungary). Although based in Cambridge, the successful candidate will participate in several outreach activities, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with different members of the network.

More information about the network and the selection procedure can be found at:, whereas more information about the Reisner research group is at:

Applicants must satisfy the EC’s eligibility requirements for MSC-ESR Fellowships, and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. They should have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant scientific discipline. Knowledge of synthetic and characterisation techniques for inorganic materials, and a broad interest in sustainable chemistry would be an advantage.

The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with a PhD position, subject to the Fellow satisfying the university’s admissions requirements for PhD study. The Fellowship will provide a salary that includes a living allowance of around 40,000 p.a. plus a mobility allowance of around 6,425 p.a..

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Professor Erwin Reisner ( with a copy sent to For queries regarding this post, please contact Professor Reisner.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment workshop to be held in Galway, Ireland on 26-27 March 2020.


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