Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
Postdoctoral position (DIFFER, Eindhoven): CO2 electrolysis using high-temperature solid oxide electrolyte cells
Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research DIFFER wants to conduct leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry.
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Application deadline: Mar 30
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Postdoctoral position (DIFFER, Eindhoven): CO2 electrolysis using high-temperature solid oxide electrolyte cells

Scientific aim
Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) are advanced electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices with high conversion/energy efficiencies. They offer attractive routes that reduce extra CO2 emissions, enable large-scale energy storage/conversion and facilitate the integration of renewable energies into the electric grid. Using an externally applied potential, CO2 can be electrochemically converted into CO at the cathode, and O2 at the anode. In the current project, the objective is to tune the cathode surfaces, by making use of redox active dopant materials and/or using infiltration methods, to facilitate selective and efficient CO2 reduction. These cathodes will be implemented in SOEC devices running in a plasma activated mode which aims to preactivation or even CO2 dissociation. The project aims for a synergistic integration of plasmolysis, electrolysis and catalysis for synthetic green kerosene production.

Job description
In the framework of the H2020 project 'Kerogreen' a postdoctoral position is available. In this project, DIFFER, KIT, VITO, CerPoTech, HyGear and INERATEC have combined efforts for enhancing conversion and energy-efficiency of renewable electrically-driven dissociation of CO2 for fuel synthesis.
Responsibilities and tasks
The research tasks are highly interdisciplinary and will perfectly line up with emerging research lines and granted projects at DIFFER.
• Development, characterization and evaluation of cathode electrodes.
• Fabrication of plane and tubular geometry SOECs.
• Integration of the electrochemical reactor with a plasma source.
• Prepare scientific papers and conference communications.
• Supervision of bachelor and master students.
• Contribute to the scientific and collaborative research environment at DIFFER.

DIFFER is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, one of the nine research institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in Eindhoven. The Institute focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science. DIFFER's research takes place in two main themes: Solar Fuels for the conversion and storage of renewable energy and Fusion Energy as a clean and unlimited source of energy. DIFFER develops and supports a national network on fundamental energy research and collaborates closely with the academic community and industrial partners.

We seek enthusiastic candidates that are willing to work in an international and interdisciplinary team of physicists and chemists. The candidate should have a PhD in physical chemistry or solid state electrochemistry or material synthesis and has preferably post-doc experience. Knowledge in at least two of the following fields is required: solid state electrochemistry, gas analysis, experience in reactor design and materials synthesis. Some background in vacuum or plasma technology will also be highly appreciated. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research. Good verbal and written communication skills (in English) are mandatory.
NWO-I prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.

Conditions of employment
You will be employed by NWO-I for a fixed period of two years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent. The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).  General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.

Further information on the vacancy is available through the leader of the Catalytic and electrochemical processes for energy applications group, Dr. M. Tsampas, +31 40 333 48 20.

The 'NWO job interview code' applies to this position. DIFFER strives to achieve a diverse workforce to develop talent and creativity by bringing together different perspectives. As such we encourages applications from women and minorities. In case you are interested you can apply by submitting an application letter, a grade list and full resume. Please refer to vacancy 18.003. The letter of application and other documents may be sent electronically as single PDF-files, to vacancies@differ.nl.

Closing time
Friday 30 March 2018.

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