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Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials

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POSTDOC POSITION IN THE FIELD OF

“Scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications”

jointly supervised by

Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki

and Prof. Radek Zboril

The Photoelectrochemical Division of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) announces the opening of a new postdoctoral position in scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications.

The successful candidate will receive a one-year (to be possible extended up to five-years) contract at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. This unique position is open immediately for qualified applicants.

The research group:

The NanoPEC research group at RCPTM focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on earth-abundant materials for solar water splitting, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) methods as well as wet chemical pathways such as hydrothermal growth, solvothermal synthesis, etc.

The applicant responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for operating a unique scanning electrochemical microscope equipped with an optical set-up enabling Photoelectrochemistry on nanostructured thin films. The research will focus on the photoelectrochemical and electrochemical characterization though SECM of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various partners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

Required experience:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English;
Experience in scanning electrochemical microscopy and/or electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry;
Understanding of advanced methods and results of nanomaterials characterization (HRTEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, EPR, GI-XRD);
Advanced electrochemistry and photolectrochemistry (J-V characteristics, carrier lifetimes, transient spectroscopy, IPCE, APCE, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen evolution, etc.).

Benefits:

We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join well-known research group with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, UHV STM, FIB/HRSEM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Research Fields:

Chemistry – Physical chemistry

Career Stage:

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs. (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles

Recognized Researcher (R2)

Additional job details

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: stepan.kment@upol.cz; alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the same email addresses.

Screening of applicants will resume immediately. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview