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One PhD position is open in the group NanoChemistry at Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark. The project is aimed at Chemical Production of 3D Graphene Biocatalysts for Development of Enzymatic Biofuel Cells.

The position will be available from the 25th May 2016 to the 24th May 2019 and be supervised by Associate Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor).

Candidates should have a master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or biophysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:

  1. A strong experimental background in bioelectrochemistry, biofuel cells, energy conversion, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  2. A strong background relating to experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical data modelling.
  3. A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis of graphene and 3 dimensional graphene foam and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.
  4. Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.
  5. Independence and good communication in the English language.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide (

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
For additional information please contact Associate Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email:
You can read more about NanoChemistry group on

Please submit your application no later than 15th May 2016.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration to The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • At least two recommendation letters from his/her supervisors
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Research plan

Candidates may apply prior to ob¬tai¬ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Postdoctoral position at Sorbonne Universités, UPMC

"Coupling of AFM & Raman spectroscopy with electrochemical techniques for advanced diagnosis of Li-Ion Batteries"

Hosting Laboratory: LISE (UMR 8235) at Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Paris 6, CNRS, 4 place Jussieu, Case courrier 133, 75252 Paris cedex 05, Tel: (33) 1 44 27 9615

Principal investigator: Ivan T. LUCAS (UPMC associate professor)
Collaborators: Dr. Ozlem SEL, Dr. Hubert PERROT, Dr. Suzanne JOIRET

Project: Young researcher program / French National Research Agency: ANR 2015 "CarLIB"

Understanding of the fundamental processes ruling the operation and failure of Li-ion cells has been and is still mostly achieved by cross-comparison of diagnostic techniques run post mortem on the electrode materials. The proposed project contrasts with the precedent approach by proposing a cutting edge analytical platform to provide unprecedented diagnostic capabilities applied in operando, i.e. during the battery operation and at multiple length and time scales.

Job description: Assessment of the interfacial processes and lithium transport in electrode materials used for LIB application using coupled techniques: vibrational spectroscopy, local probes (SPMs) and advanced electrochemistry techniques derived from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS):

  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
  • In operando shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SHINERS)
  • Local electrochemistry (EIS & SECM techniques)
  • Ac-electrogravimetry (EIS & Quartz crystal microbalance)

Candidate’s profile:
Ph.D. in material science or analytical chemistry with strong skills in electrochemistry, hands-on experience with scanning probe microscopy in situ (AFM, STM, SECM), substantial knowledge on Raman spectroscopy and nanoparticle synthesis.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgement and initiative.
Experience with energy storage materials is an asset, not a requirement.
Oral and written English proficiency, French skills are appreciated.
Excellent communication and organization skills.

Duration: This is a one-year term position renewable for up to two years based on job performance.
Net salary: 2060 € per month
Starting Date: March 2016

Postdoctoral position in Interfacial Electrochemistry

Non-Canonical NUCLeic acids at Electrified Interfaces

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the research group Chimie Analytique et Chimie des Interfaces (Analytical and Interfacial Chemistry), in the framework of an Incentive Grant for Scientific Research funded by the Belgian national science foundation (F.R.S.-FNRS).
The project NUCLEI (Non-Canonical NUCLeic acids at Electrified Interfaces), conducted under the supervision of Professor Thomas Doneux, aims at studying the influence of the electric field on the (un)folding of non-canonical DNA structures at electrified interfaces.
Non-canonical nucleic acid structures, such as G-quadruplexes, i-motifs, triplexes, three-way junctions... attract a lot of interest, not only because of their biological function but also in connection with the fabrication of smart nanodevices. Although the influence of the local environment on the stabilisation of such structures is well-documented, scarce attention has been paid to the influence of the electric field.
In the NUCLEI project, non-canonical DNA sequences will be immobilised by self-assembly on gold single crystal electrodes. The influence of the electrode potential will be evaluated in the absence and presence of stabilising species, by means of voltammetric techniques and by electrochemically-coupled fluorescence microscopy. The data will be complemented by in situ IR spectroscopic measurements.

The core scientific background of the candidate should be in electrochemistry, preferably in interfacial electrochemistry and/or bioelectrochemistry. Expertise with self-assembled monolayers, single-crystal electrodes, spectroscopies or fluorescence microscopy would be particularly appreciated.

The candidate should have obtained the Ph.D. since less than 6 years, and have not resided or carried out his/her main activity (study, work,…) in Belgium for more than 24 months in the last 3 years.

The interested candidates are invited to contact Th. Doneux by email (, appending a short CV/summary.

PhD Position - Chemistry/Electrochemistry
Starting Date: October 2016

Salary: EURO 1400 per month; Position available for three years

Photoelectrochemical Reduction of H+ and CO2 with Mo3S4 Cluster-Containing Electrocatalysts in Solution and Immobilized onto Planar and Nanostructured Semiconducting Photoelectrodes

This research project aims at developing and implementing innovative electrocatalysts specifically designed to produce hydrogen from water or to convert carbon dioxide into value-added compounds (fuel or fine chemical precursors). In this field of electrocatalysis, the use of semiconductors (SCs) as photocathodes can provide a real benefit for the electrochemical activation of small molecules, such as CO2. Indeed, the key difference between semiconducting photoelectrodes and working electrodes traditionally used for electrocatalytic applications (e.g., metals, carbon) is that for the semiconductors, light serves as an important source of energy input. Such a property based on photovoltaic conversion can achieve an energy-saving route to electrochemical catalysis.
The "Matière Condensée et Systèmes Electroactifs" (MaCSE) group is seeking a PhD candidate for the investigation of electrocatalytic properties of Mo3S4 cluster-containing catalysts at planar and nanostructured semiconducting photocathodes. The successful candidate will prepare and characterize the photocathodes using combined techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, electrochemistry and FTIR spectroscopy. The metal clusters will be prepared by the E. Cadot's team at the Institut Lavoisier de Versailles, France. In a second stage, the most efficient electrocatalysts will be immobilized onto the photoelectrodes using well-mastered surface chemistry procedures with the goal of developing a stable and challenging electrolyzer for CO2 reduction.

Background: The candidate must have strong background in physical chemistry and an interest for surface modification and electrochemistry. A strong motivation for research and good communication skills are required.

Application including full CV, transcript and ranking should be sent to Dr. Bruno FABRE and Dr. Gabriel LOGET via email:;

Références : ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 6138 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 1465

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