EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 16,000 people, including over 12,000 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.
Post-Doctoral Researcher in Catalytic Process Development for Carbon-Neutral Fuels
Your mission :
The Group of Catalysis for Biofuels (GCB) targets the production of liquid biofuels by thermochemical and catalytic processes from biomass, carbon dioxide, or syngas. We are currently working in our small group on the development of energy-efficient processes for the production of synfuels and the reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction, but are open to expand our field of activities.
To support the group in working on current and new research topics, we are looking for a candidate to fill a Postdoc position in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, with a focus on structure performance-activity investigations.
Main duties and responsibilities include :
Your profile :
- Research and development in the field of thermochemical catalytic processes for synthetic fuels and value-added chemicals
- Exploring and developing cost-efficient metal-supported catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation reactions (i.e., RWGS/methanation) and/or ammonia production, with an emphasis on in-situ/ex-situ catalyst characterization to identify catalytically active sites and deactivation mechanisms. The ultimate task is to establish comprehensive synthesis-structure-performance relationships that will serve as a guideline for rational catalyst design and advancement.
- Development of your own research profile by creating new research ideas and co-authoring research proposals
- Close collaboration with other EPFL laboratories and the Bioenergy and Catalysis Laboratory at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
- Safety correspondent: Ensuring smooth lab operation and workflow
- Publication of research results in scientific journals and at congresses
- Supporting the research group with your expertise in heterogeneous catalysis
- Supervision of PhD and master students
We offer :
- Candidates for this Postdoctoral position should have a PhD in chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, or a related field.
- In-depth knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis, catalytic reaction engineering, reactor design, and spectroscopic methods - Experience with the development of advanced functional materials through the in-situ reductive exsolution method, as well as material structural characterization using synchrotron-based techniques are highly valued.
- Pleasure in experimental work combined with excellent scientific writing - High level of self-motivation to work very independently in a small familiar group.
- Very good English communication skills and ideally knowledge of French to easily integrate into the group and the EPFL
oriented academic institution that is consistently near the top of the international rankings with world-class faculty and students from around the world.
Numerous opportunities to collaborate with other research groups at EPFL or other Swiss and international institutions.
Support in developing your own ideas and independent research profile.
A career boost significantly increasing chances to obtain a faculty position.
A family-like working environment.
In the event of good performance, the contract can be extended for up to four years. Start date :
1st November 2022 We will start evaluating applications after 1 September 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD) Work rate :
100% Duration :
Fixed-term (1 year), but funds are available for extension up to four years in case of good performance. Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account. Reference :
Job Nb 2503